Sacramento Kings middle Richaun Holmes (No. 22) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton attain for the ball all the method thru the predominant half of a National Basketball Affiliation game on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, in Milwaukee (January 23 in Manila). AP PHOTO
MILWAUKEE: Khris Middleton scored 34 sides and Jrue Holiday added 26 to e book the Milwaukee Bucks to a 133-127 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), making up for the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The two-time MVP sat out with precise knee soreness one night after scoring 30 sides in a defensive battle against Chicago. The defending NBA champions (30-19) gained their third straight game and 2nd in two nights.
Middleton sank a grab 3-pointer with 1: 09 left after the Kings (18-30), who trailed by as many as 15, rallied interior three sides. After Harrison Barnes converted a layup for the Kings, Holiday threw down a left-handed dunk to present Milwaukee a 126-120 lead with 47.6 seconds final.
Donte DiVincenzo added 20 sides for the Bucks, who made 21 of 42 3-point makes an attempt one night after taking pictures 19.4 p.c from in the wait on of the arc.
Barnes paced Sacramento with 29 sides, and Tyrese Haliburton had 24.
Suns 113, Pacers 103
In Phoenix, Mikal Bridges tied a season excessive with 23 sides, Bismack Biyombo matched his career handiest with 21 and Phoenix gained its sixth straight game by beating Indiana, 113-103.
Biyombo also grabbed 13 rebounds as the Suns improved their NBA-handiest file to 36-9, shaking off a strong night for leading scorer Devin Booker. He had perfect 11 sides on 5-of-23 taking pictures, collectively with 0 for 6 from 3-point vary.
Chris Paul added 18 sides and 16 assists to help Phoenix equal its handiest open up thru 45 video games.
The immediate-handed Pacers were coming off spectacular wait on-to-wait on wins against the Lakers and Warriors but may presumably now not wait on the momentum going. Chris Duarte and Lance Stephenson both scored 17 sides.
Cavaliers 94, Thunder 87
Darius Garland had 23 sides and 11 assists, and rookie Evan Mobley added 15 sides and a season-excessive 17 rebounds to purchase Cleveland over Oklahoma Metropolis.
Jarrett Allen added 14 sides and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who hold gained six of seven.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander paced the Thunder across the board with 29 sides, nine rebounds and six assists. Kenrich Williams scored 12 sides and Luguentz Dort had 10 sooner than being ejected for elbowing Kevin Esteem in the pinnacle.
Cleveland lost ahead Lauri Markkanen to a sprained precise ankle in the 2nd quarter.