NBA roundup: Highlights, recaps from Thursday’s NBA action

Feb 18, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Fred Vanvleet (23) dribbles the ball around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam both outscored Giannis Antetokounmpo on Thursday night as the visiting Toronto Raptors completed a two-game sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks with a 110-96 victory.

Powell had a season-high-tying 29 points and Siakam added 27, helping Toronto double up on the Bucks after a 124-113 win on Tuesday. Fred VanVleet added 17 points and a team-high eight assists for the Raptors, who won for the seventh time in their past 10 games.

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Antetokounmpo had 23 points to lead the Bucks, who lost their fifth straight.

In a matchup of last season’s top two teams in the Eastern Conference’s regular season, Toronto never trailed. The Raptors led by 20 in the second quarter. Milwaukee got no closer than 12 in the third period and 10 in the fourth.

Miami Heat 118 – Sacramento Kings 110

Tyler Herro scored 27 points, Kelly Olynyk had a season-best 22 points and Duncan Robinson added 20 as visiting Miami registered a victory over slumping Sacramento.

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Jimmy Butler recorded 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds to become the first player in Heat history with three consecutive triple-doubles. A night earlier, he became the first Miami player to log two triple-doubles in a row. Bam Adebayo also had a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Heat halted a three-game losing streak.

Nemanja Bjelica scored a season-high 25 points and also collected eight rebounds for the Kings, who lost their season-worst fifth straight game to conclude a winless homestand of the same length.

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Brooklyn Nets 109 – Los Angeles Lakers 98

James Harden had 23 points and 11 assists and Joe Harris scored 21 points as Brooklyn beat host Los Angeles.

Kyrie Irving contributed 16 points and seven rebounds for the Nets, who captured their fifth consecutive victory. Kevin Durant (hamstring) missed his third straight contest.

LeBron James had 32 points on 14-of-23 shooting while adding eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who played without Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols). James (35,017) became just the third NBA player to reach 35,000 career points, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

–Field Level Media