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Russell Westbrook scores 31 points as Houston Rockets defeat Milwaukee Bucks

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Russell Westbrook prepares to attack against the Milwaukee Bucks
Image: Russell Westbrook prepares to attack against the Milwaukee Bucks

Russell Westbrook sank four free throws inside the final 28.5 seconds as the Houston Rockets topped the Milwaukee Bucks 120-116 on Sunday night.

Sunday night's NBA scores

  • Milwaukee Bucks 116-120 Houston Rockets
  • Portland Trail Blazers 124-128 Boston Celtics
  • San Antonio Spurs 108-106 Memphis Grizzlies
  • Dallas Mavericks 115-117 Phoenix Suns
  • Sacramento Kings 116-132 Orlando Magic
  • Washington Wizards 110-118 Brooklyn Nets
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Milwaukee Bucks 116-120 Houston Rockets

 Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on August 2, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. 2:44
Highlights of the Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Houston Rockets at The Arena in Orlando.

Russell Westbrook sank four free throws inside the final 28.5 seconds as the Houston Rockets topped the Milwaukee Bucks 120-116 on Sunday night.

Westbrook scored a team-high 31 points while adding eight assists, and his clutch effort at the charity stripe enabled the Rockets (42-24) to outlast the Bucks (54-13) down a back-and-forth closing stretch. Danuel House Jr converted two free throws with 14 seconds left as the Rockets finished 27-of-31 from the line.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook walk off the court together
Image: James Harden and Russell Westbrook walk off the court together

Giannis Antetokounmpo supplied 36 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists for his 15th 30-15-5 game this season while Khris Middleton (27 points, 12 rebounds) and Brook Lopez (23 points, 12 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Bucks, who ended the game with a 65-36 rebounding advantage and limited the Rockets to 34.4 per cent (21-of-61) shooting from behind the three-point line yet lost the game.

Milwaukee did commit 23 turnovers - including a bad pass by Antetokounmpo that House picked off prior to his clinching free throws - which the Rockets converted into 30 points in the victory.

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James Harden offset a poor shooting performance (5-for-14) with seven rebounds, seven assists and a game-high six steals to complement his 24 points. House produced 16 points while Robert Covington chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Rockets.

Portland Trail Blazers 124-128 Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against Zach Collins #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers on August 2, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. 2:18
Highlights of the Portland Trail Blazers’ game against the Boston Celtics at The Arena in Orlando

Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30, leading the Boston Celtics to a 128-124 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in an NBA restart game at The Arena.

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Brown scored 22 points in the second half, including a three-pointer with 32.3 seconds left that stretched Boston's lead to 125-119, sinking Portland.

Jayson Tatum lofts a floater during Boston's win over Portland
Image: Jayson Tatum lofts a floater during Boston's win over Portland

Gordon Hayward added 22 points for Boston, going 4-for-5 on three-pointers. He had six of his points in the final two minutes, making his only field goal try and going 4-for-4 at the foul line.

Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic led Portland with 30 points each. Lillard, who added a season-high and game-high 16 assists, scored 22 of his points after halftime. Nurkic added a game-high nine rebounds.

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Blazers reserve Gary Trent made 7-of-11 of his three-pointers as the Blazers rallied from a 24-point second-half deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead. Still, it wasn't enough to prevent a potentially devastating loss for the Blazers.

The Celtics fought back, with the game seeing four more ties and five lead changes before the final buzzer. Portland trailed by three points with three seconds left following Hayward's final two free throws when Nurkic turned the ball over while attempting a long in-bounds pass. A free throw by Tatum then iced the game.

San Antonio Spurs 108-106 Memphis Grizzlies

Rudy Gay #22 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on August 2, 2020 at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. 2:14
Highlights of the San Antonio Spurs’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Visa Athletic Center in Orlando

DeMar DeRozan hit a pair of free throws with one second to play enabilng the San Antonio Spurs to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-106 in a key Western Conference seeding game at the Visa Athletic Center.

Memphis trailed by as many as 11 points midway through the fourth quarter but tied the game at 106 on a Jaren Jackson Jr three-pointer with 10.6 seconds to play. DeRozan then drew a foul on Dillon Brooks at the offensive end and canned both shots from the charity stripe.

DeMar DeRozan celebrates with his Spurs team-mates
Image: DeMar DeRozan celebrates with his Spurs team-mates

After a timeout, another Jackson Jr three-pointer missed, allowing San Antonio to hold on for their second successive seeding game win.

The victory allowed San Antonio (29-36) to pull to within two games of the eighth-place Grizzlies in the standings. The Spurs leapfrogged Portland into ninth place in the West with six games to play. The Spurs must hold that spot in the standings and be within four games of Memphis at the end of the seeding games to clinch a spot in the play-in tournament at season's end.

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Dejounte Murray scored 21 points and took 10 rebounds to lead a balanced San Antonio attack. Derrick White added 16, DeRozan had 14 points, Lonnie Walker IV and Rudy Gay scored 12 points, and Patty Mills tallied 10 for the Spurs.

Ja Morant led Memphis with 25 points, with Jackson Jr scoring 21, Brooks hitting 16, Grayson Allen scoring 15 points, and Jonas Valanciunas pouring in 13 points and taking 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies (32-35).

Dallas Mavericks 115-117 Phoenix Suns

Mikal Bridges #25 of the Phoenix Suns looks to drive against Dorian Finney-Smith #10 of the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 2, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 1:49
Highlights of the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Phoenix Suns at the Visa Athletic Center in Orlando

Devin Booker's 30 points helped the Phoenix Suns come back from a 15-point deficit and stun the playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks 117-115 at the VISA Athletic Center.

The Suns (28-39) moved to within four games of the eighth playoff spot. Cameron Johnson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio tallied 20 points and nine rebounds for Phoenix, who are 2-0 in the NBA restart.

Devin Booker splits the Dallas defense
Image: Devin Booker splits the Dallas defense

The Mavericks still managed to clinch a playoff spot with the current eighth-seed Memphis Grizzlies' loss earlier in the day.

Booker, an All-Star this season, fouled out with 1:26 to play, and a driving lay-up from Doncic with 39.9 seconds to play cut what was a nine-point Suns lead to 117-115.

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Kristaps Porzingis missed a potential go-ahead three-pointer with four seconds left, but the Mavericks got one more chance. They couldn't get a shot off before the final buzzer, however.

Doncic led Dallas with 40 points and 11 assists, with Porzingis adding 30 points and eight rebounds.

Sacramento Kings 116-132 Orlando Magic

Markelle Fultz #20 of the Orlando Magic handles the ball against the Sacramento Kings August 2, 2020 at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. 1:23
Highlights of the Sacramento Kings’ game against the Orlando Magic at HP Field House in Orlando

Terrence Ross scored 25 points off the bench and Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Orlando Magic cruised past the Sacramento Kings, 132-116.

The Magic (32-35) maintained their half-game lead for the Eastern Conference's No 7 seed with a commanding performance against the Kings (28-38).

Orlando jumped ahead early and extended their lead to double-digits in the first quarter behind Markelle Fultz, who scored nine of his 14 points in the opening 12 minutes, including a three-quarter-court buzzer-beater.

Ross shot 5-of-9 from long range, DJ Augustin went 3-of-4 from outside en route to 10 points, Aaron Gordon went 3-of-3 from 3-point range on a 22-point evening. The Magic shot 47.4 per cent from deep for the game.

Jonathan Isaac suffers a knee injury during the Magic's win over the Kings
Image: Jonathan Isaac suffers a knee injury during the Magic's win over the Kings

Orlando faced little resistance amid their three-point barrage, growing their lead to as many as 36 points in the third quarter. Sacramento had a balanced scoring effort with seven Kings scoring in double-figures. Beyond Harry Giles III's 23 points off the bench, however, no one posted more than the 13 points De'Aaron Fox registered.

The Magic came into the season restart as the lowest point-per-game scoring offense of the 22 teams in the Orlando-area bubble. Through their first two seeding games, they have scored 260 points.

Washington Wizards 110-118 Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets guard Garrett Temple #17 holds the ball while defended by Washington Wizards forward Troy Brown Jr. #6 and guard Jerome Robinson #12 in the second half of a NBA basketball game at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 2, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 1:15
Highlights of the Washington Wizards’ game against the Brooklyn Nets at HP Field House in Orlando

Caris LeVert scored 34 points as the host Brooklyn Nets made all the plays down the stretch and recorded a pivotal 118-110 victory over the Washington Wizards at HP Field House.

The Nets (31-35) moved seven games ahead Washington (24-42) in the Eastern Conference. Should the eighth and ninth seeds finish within four games of each other, there will a play-in game.

LeVert helped the Nets close out the game with an 18-10 run over the final five-plus minutes. The game was tied at 100-100 on a hoop by Washington's Jerome Robinson with 5:27 remaining but LeVert asserted his will down the stretch.

LeVert gave the Nets lead for good at 102-100 by hitting a lay-up with 5:08 remaining. He hit another jumper and five free throws before clinching matters with a floater in the lane with 49.9 seconds left.

Caris LeVert attacks off the dribble against Washington
Image: Caris LeVert attacks off the dribble against Washington

Joe Harris added a season-high 27 on 10-of-13 from the field, Jarrett Allen collected 22 and 15 rebounds while Chris Chiozza contributed 14 points as Brooklyn shot 42.2 per cent from the field.

Thomas Bryant led Washington with 30 points and 13 rebounds. Troy Brown Jr nearly collected his first triple-double with 22, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

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