Bucks roll Suns, Clippers too good for Timberwolves – Highlights from Wednesday’s NBA games

Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker’s combined 47 points lead Wednesday’s highlights, after their perfomances saw the Bucks snap a five game losing streak.

Spurs 100, Pelicans 92

Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, including nine in the fourth quarter to help San Antonio put the game away, and the Spurs galloped past the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans.

With the victory, San Antonio (63-13) tied a franchise record for wins in a season that was set in the 2005-06 campaign when the Spurs went 63-19.

The Spurs are 38-0 at the AT&T Center this season, supplanting the 1995-96Chicago Bulls for the longest home winning streak to start a season in NBA history.

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green added 16 points apiece for the Spurs. Alexis Ajinca led the Pelicans with 18 points.

Mavericks 91, Knicks 89

J.J. Barea scored 26 points in a must-have game, and Dallas rallied past New York.

Dallas moved into a tie with the Houston Rockets for eighth place in the Western Conference standings — the last playoff position.

The Knicks had one last chance, but guard Langston Galloway’s 3-pointer at the buzzer glanced off the rim.

Mavs guard Wesley Matthews scored 16, including seven points in the fourth quarter. New York’s Carmelo Anthony, who made 11 of 22 shots, led all scorers with 31 points.

Nuggets 109, Grizzlies 105

Will Barton scored 25 points, and Denver held off a late charge from Memphis.

Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay finished with 17 points and five assists. JaKarr Sampson, Darrell Arthur and Joffrey Lauvergne each scored 12 points, and Nikola Jokic had nine points with 14 rebounds.

The Grizzlies never had a lead in the game. Beset by injuries, they lost their fourth straight.

Zach Randolph returned to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle sprain and scored a game-high 26 points.

Bucks 105, Suns 94

Khris Middleton scored 26 points, Jabari Parker added 21, and Milwaukee snapped a five-game losing streak.

Middleton started Milwaukee off strong, scoring 10 in the first quarter and 17 in the half on 7-of-7 shooting.

Brandon Knight scored 10 of his 17 points in the third quarter, helping the Suns dig out of a 14-point hole and make it a five-point game. P.J. Tucker led Phoenix with 20 points.

Clippers 99, Timberwolves 79

Chris Paul had 20 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds to lead Los Angeles past Minnesota for its fourth consecutive win.

The Timberwolves never led and were held to their fewest points since scoring 74 against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 6.

Rookie Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 16 points and 11 rebounds, his 46th double-double of the season and 10th straight.

Raptors 105, Hawks 97

For the first time in franchise history, Toronto reached the 50-win plateau.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with a game-high 26 points in addition to six assists and five rebounds.

Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Lowry, who continues to be bothered by a right elbow injury, chipped in with 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.

The Hawks were led by 18 points from Jeff Teague, while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points off the bench. Dennis Schroder had 13 points, and Mike Scott finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Warriors 103, Jazz 96 (OT)

Stephen Curry scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit for a 103-96 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz.

Klay Thompson forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation. He scored 18 points as the Warriors (68-7) inched closer to the all-time-record win total of 72.

Golden State won its sixth consecutive game — and second in as many nights.

The Warriors need five wins in their final seven games to surpass the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, who went 72-10, for the most victories in a single season.

Gordon Hayward scored 21 points and Rodney Hood added 20 points for the Jazz, who had won eight of 10 games.
Utah (37-38) is now tied with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks in the battle for the last two Western Conference playoff berths.

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