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NBA notebook: Antetokounmpo, Bucks rally late to to beat Clippers

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George battle for the ball during a game Sunday in Milwaukee. [AP Photo/Morry Gash]
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Paul George battle for the ball during a game Sunday in Milwaukee. [AP Photo/Morry Gash]

Antetokounmpo, Bucks rally to beat Clippers

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and sparked a closing 9-0 run to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-100 on Sunday for their fifth consecutive victory.

The Bucks won for the first time in 11 games this season when trailing after three quarters.

Kawhi Leonard’s potential tying 3-point attempt bounced off the front rim with about four seconds left. Khris Middleton got the rebound and sealed it with two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining.

After Leonard's jumper gave Los Angeles a 100-96 lead with 4:01 left, the Clippers didn't score again.

Antetokounmpo has scored at least 35 points in four straight games. He’s the first Bucks player to do that since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Jan. 6-14, 1973.

Middleton added 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Leonard scored 25 points to lead the Clippers.

Bogdanovic progresses in recovery from fractured knee

Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic has progressed to one-on-one drills with contact as he recovers from a fractured right knee.

Bogdanovic, a 28-year-old from Serbia, has been out since a Jan. 9 game against the Charlotte Hornets. The next step in his rehab will be to take part in team practices.

The Hawks signed Bogdanovic to a four-year, $72 million contract during a free-agency spending spree designed to upgrade a roster that has undergone a complete overhaul since the team last made the playoffs in 2017.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard was averaging 9.9 points in nine games with two starts before his injury. He had hoped to return before the March 5-10 All-Star break, but it appears his recovery will take a bit longer.

Late Saturday

KNICKS 110, PACERS 107: Julius Randle scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lift New York back to .500 with a win over Indiana on Saturday night. RJ Barrett added 24 for New York, which improved to 17-17 with its sixth win in its last 10 games.

MAVERICKS 115, NETS 98: Luka Doncic scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 18 in his return from injury and Dallas snapped the Nets' eight-game run with a victory Saturday night. James Harden had 29 points for the Nets, but only four after halftime while playing as Brooklyn's solo superstar with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sidelined.

SPURS 117, PELICANS 114: DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and 11 assists and short-handed San Antonio held on to beat New Orleans. DeRozan returned after missing a game after his father’s death. He posted a tribute on Instagram Feb. 19 after his father, Frank, died following a long illness.

JAZZ 124, MAGIC 109: Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Joe Ingles filled in well again at point guard in place of Mike Conley to help Utah beat Orlando on Saturday night. Utah bounced back from a loss a night earlier in Miami, improving to 6-1 following a defeat. The NBA-leading Jazz have lost consecutive games just once all season and not since Jan. 6 when they were 4-4.

CAVALIERS 112, SIXERS 109: Collin Sexton scored 28 points, Darius Garland had 25 and feisty Cleveland beat the East-best Philadelphia 76ers in overtime on Saturday night. Okoro scored the first three points of OT and had 15 when he fouled out.

WIZARDS 128, TIMBERWOLVES 112: Bradley Beal scored 34 points, Russell Westbrook added 19 as part of his NBA-leading 10th triple-double, and Washington used a 44-point third quarter to pull away for a victory over Minnesota on Saturday night. Westbrook added 14 rebounds and 12 assists for the Wizards, who have won seven of eight to move back into playoff contention following a 6-17 start.

Wire reports