Bucks, Kings And Celtics Advance In NBA In-Season Tournament
Muhammad Rameez Published November 29, 2023 | 07:42 PM
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and Damian Lillard added 32 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Miami 131-124 on Tuesday to reach the knockout rounds of the NBA In-Season Tournament
Miami, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Nov, 2023) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and Damian Lillard added 32 as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Miami 131-124 on Tuesday to reach the knockout rounds of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
On the final night of group-stage play in the NBA's inaugural version of a World Cup, the Bucks won the East Group B crown at 4-0, taking the top Eastern Conference seed in the fight to reach next month's semi-finals in Las Vegas.
"We completed the task," Milwaukee's Khris Middleton said. "To get to Vegas now, we've got to do a little bit more.
"We want it. We're hungry for it. It's exciting times for us. We want to go to Vegas so we're happy."
Boston routed Chicago 124-97 to win East Group C and advance while New York, second behind Milwaukee in Group B, beat Charlotte 115-91 and advanced as a wildcard based on superior point differential over Cleveland 42-29.
The Warriors knew they had to win by 12 points to win the group on a point differential tiebreaker and took a 72-55 half-time lead before the Kings, led by 29 points from De'Aaron Fox, rallied late to trim the margin then swipe the triumph.
"We still wanted to win the game, it counts for the regular season, but we knew what the number was," Fox said.
"We started out great, but it's hard," Middleton said.
Middleton, who had 17 points and eight rebounds, hit back-to-back jumpers for a four-point lead and dunks by Brook Lopez and Antetokounmpo settled matters.
"Thankfully I was able to hit a couple shots," Middleton said.
"I'm just happy we won a tough game."
Antetokounmpo made 11-of-16 from the floor and 10-of-13 from the free-throw line and grabbed 10 rebounds with five assists while Lillard, 9-of-18 from the floor and 10-of-10 from the line, added nine assists.
At New York, Julius Randle scored 25 points and grabbed 20 rebounds while Immanuel Quickley had 23 points off the bench to spark the Knicks.
Jayson Tatum added 21 points and Al Horford had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Celtics.
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