June 24, 2018
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Ellis recovers from poor shooting, lifts Bucks past Celtics

By SportsDirect, Special to the BDN

BOSTON — Monta Ellis rebounded from a horrific shooting performance two nights earlier to score 27 points as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 99-94 in overtime Friday night in NBA action.

Ellis tallied a season-low four points on 1-of-14 shooting in a loss to Memphis on Wednesday before sparking the Bucks toward their third victory in four meetings with the Celtics this season. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a season-best 20 points and Larry Sanders had 17 points and a season-high 20 rebounds.

Paul Pierce had 35 points and 12 rebounds and Jeff Green added 14 for Boston, which has lost four of five games.

Ellis scored five points in the extra season, including the go-ahead free throw with 27.5 seconds left. Brandon Jennings added two free throws with 18.5 seconds remaining to cap off a 12-point, 11-rebound effort and Sanders slammed home a dunk for the final margin.

The Celtics led 70-62 entering the final quarter before Milwaukee began the period with a 12-2 run to take a two-point lead. The Bucks extended the lead to 88-81 with 42.2 seconds left before the Celtics rolled off seven straight points and tied the contest on Pierce’s 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Pierce was 13-of-23 from the field and has connected on 39 of 62 shots (62.9 percent) over the past four games. … The 20-point outing was just the fourth of Mbah a Moute’s five-year NBA career. … Green departed with 18.5 seconds left in overtime after taking an elbow to the face from Milwaukee’s Ersan Ilyasova.

Bulls 110, Knicks 106: Luol Deng set season highs with 29 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Chicago jumped out to a big lead and handed New York its second home loss.

Marco Belinelli scored 22 points, Kirk Hinrich added 16, nine rebounds and eight assists and Joakim Noah chipped in 15 points and 12 boards for the Bulls, who have won seven of their last nine.

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points before being ejected and J.R. Smith added a season-high 26 to go along with 10 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who dropped to 11-2 at Madison Square Garden. Anthony was sent off with 6:45 left in the game for arguing with officials.

The frustration started to boil over before Anthony’s ejection for New York, which was upset about the officiating. Coach Mike Woodson was tossed with 5:22 left in the game and center Tyson Chandler was ejected along with Noah less than a minute later for a scrum in the lane that involved some pushing and shoving.

Chicago held the Knicks to 34.8 percent shooting in the first half to take a 54-39 lead into the break. The Bulls stretched it out to a 22-point edge by the end of the third quarter but had to fight off a late charge as New York cut it to single digits in the final minutes.

Pacers 99, Cavaliers 89: Roy Hibbert scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures as visiting Indiana handed skidding Cleveland its sixth straight defeat.

Lance Stephenson scored a season-high 16 points and David West added 15 and 10 rebounds as the Pacers won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 10-1 in the last 11 meetings with the Cavaliers.

Kyrie Irving had a team-high 17 points for Cleveland, which also had all five starters and six players score in double figures in absorbing its league-worst 23rd loss.

Indiana took control of the game in the third quarter, using an 11-2 run to turn a three-point deficit into a 57-51 edge. Stephenson had eight points in the quarter as the Pacers shot 15-for-22 to extend the lead to as many as 14.

The Cavaliers briefly got the deficit under double digits on a 3-pointer by C.J. Miles with just under 9 1/2 minutes to play, but George Hill converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 13. The Pacers never let the margin get under 10 the rest of the way.

Pistons 100, Wizards 68: Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight scored 15 points apiece and Andre Drummond added 11 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit snapped a six-game losing skid by winning the opener of a home-and-home series with visiting Washington.

Rodney Stuckey also had 11 points before exiting with a facial injury for the Pistons, who defeated the Wizards for the 11th time in 13 games.

Jamal Crawford had 14 of his 20 points in the first half for the Wizards, who have dropped six in a row to fall to an NBA-worst 1-12 on the road.

After going 1-for-10 from the field against Toronto, Knight drilled a pair of 3-pointers to highlight an 11-point performance in the first quarter.

The Pistons, who cruised to a 53-34 lead at the half, were never seriously threatened and sealed the win on the strength of a sizzling 10-for-24 performance from 3-point range.

Raptors 93, Magic 90: DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points and host Toronto staved off a late comeback to match its longest winning streak in nearly three years.

Jose Calderon added 13 points and nine assists and Terrence Ross scored 13 as the Raptors overcame an early injury to rookie center Jonas Valanciunas to notch their first five-game winning streak since Jan. 22-31, 2010.

Arron Afflalo scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Nikola Vucevic added 16 and 12 boards for Orlando, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped in the club’s first contest without starting forward Glen Davis.

Toronto hit its final six shots of the third quarter to take a 71-62 lead into the fourth. The Raptors moved ahead by 11 with 5:54 to play when Ross buried a 3-pointer and followed it with another basket 22 seconds later.

The Magic refused to fold and ran off 10 consecutive points, capped by Jameer Nelson’s 3-pointer, to slice the deficit to 91-90 with 55 seconds left. Amir Johnson made two free throws with 42.6 seconds to play before J.J. Redick missed a tying 3-point attempt with seven seconds left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Valanciunas, the No. 5 overall pick, fractured the ring finger on his right hand during a scramble for a loose ball. He had started every game and entered Friday’s matchup averaging 8.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. … Magic rookie Andrew Nicholson, who grew up in suburban Toronto, made his first career start in place of Davis, who could be out a month with a shoulder injury sustained Wednesday night. … Vucevic registered his fifth straight game with double-digit rebounds to help Orlando to a 45-32 edge on the glass.


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