Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Knicks guard Quentin Grimes during Milwaukee’s 112-97 win Sunday in New York. Noah K. Murray/Associated Press

NEW YORK — Khris Middleton scored 24 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo just missed a triple-double, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 112-97 victory over the short-handed New York Knicks on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo finished with 20 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds. Milwaukee (18-10) never trailed as it won its second straight game and 10th out of 12.

New York (12-15) has lost three in a row and seven of 10.

In his first NBA start, Quentin Grimes scored 27 points for the Knicks and set a team record for most 3-pointers by a rookie with seven. His 27 points were the most points by a Knicks rookie since 1996-97.

NETS 116, PISTONS 104: Kevin Durant scored an NBA season-high 51 points in Brooklyn’s victory at Detroit.

Cade Cunningham had 26 points and Frank Jackson added 25 for Detroit, which lost its 12th straight.


SPURS 112, PELICANS 97: Jakob Poeltl had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Derrick White added 24 points, and San Antonio won at home.

Brandon Ingram scored 27 points to lead New Orleans.

MAVERICKS 103, THUNDER 84: Jalen Brunson had 18 points and nine rebounds while starting in place of injured star Luka Doncic, leading Dallas Mavericks to a win at Oklahoma City.

Doncic experienced a flareup of a previous ankle injury in Friday’s game against Indiana and is being held out for back-to-back games. Dallas had been 0-4 without the All-Star guard this season.


BULLS: Zach LaVine and backup forward Troy Brown Jr. have entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols, giving Chicago nine players on the list.


The team confirmed that LaVine and Brown joined leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, Matt Thomas, Coby White, Javonte Green, Derrick Jones Jr., Ayo Dosunmu and recently signed Stanley Johnson. That left the Bulls with nine available players. Teams need eight in order to play.

Chicago’s next game is against Detroit at home on Tuesday.

NETS: Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant was fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing obscene language toward a fan during a game Friday in Atlanta.

It stems from an incident when a fan heckled Durant with 28 seconds to go in the second quarter of the Nets’ 113-105 victory over Hawks. In video taken courtside that was posted on social media, an off-camera fan can be heard yelling, “Durant, stop crying!” before Durant responds using multiple expletives.

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