Bucks beat Nets, make it 15 straight wins in NBA

Milwaukee have extended their season-leading winning streak to 15 games by beating Brooklyn 118-104 in New York.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, back after missing the victory over Phoenix with a bruised right quadriceps, registered 33 points and 15 rebounds for the NBA-best Bucks who improved to 44-17 on Tuesday night.

Jrue Holiday had 14 points and eight assists for Milwaukee, while Brook Lopez added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Khris Middleton had 18 points off the bench to deal the Nets their third straight loss and seventh in their past nine games.

Mikal Bridges led Brooklyn, still without Australians Ben Simmons and Patty Mills, with 31 points, while Spencer Dinwiddie had 26 points and Cam Johnson added 19.

In Houston, Western Conference-leading Denver improved to 44-19 with a 133-112 victory over the Rockets.

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic became just the sixth player in NBA history to record 100 career triple-doubles.

Jokic had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his NBA-leading 24th triple-double this season and his 15th in the last 20 games. Denver have won each game in which he's had a triple-double this season and 28 straight dating back to last season.

Jamal Murray chipped in with 32 points, Michael Porter Jr. added 17 points and Bruce Brown 15 to help the Nuggets win their sixth in the last seven games.

"I appreciate how we played," Jokic said.

"But all the, let's say achievements, awards, contracts or whatever, it's just -- I don't want to say coming naturally -- but you don't chase it. It's really nice. I think it's going to be the best when you finish (your) career and just look behind you and see what you did."

Russell Westbrook holds the NBA mark of 198 triple-doubles with Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107) and LeBron James (106) the others over 100.

In Memphis, the Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 121-109 in the Lakers' first game since James injured his right foot.

Ja Morant scored 28 of his 39 points in the third quarter, and added 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the hosts consolidated second in the West with a 37-23 record.

Morant connected on 10-of-12 shots in the third term that broke open a close game and gave Memphis a 93-84 advantage entering the fourth.

"I was just feeling it," Morant said.

"I got going and was able to keep it rolling and put us in a good position to win the game."

Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 28 points and 19 rebounds, while Lonnie Walker IV scored 21 points.

The Clippers were also beaten on a bad night for the Los Angeles sides, on the wrong end of a 108-101 result at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Elsewhere, Luka Doncic had 39 points and nine rebounds on his 24th birthday in Dallas, but the Mavericks fell 124-122 to the Indiana Pacers.

Aussie Josh Giddey had eight points, six rebounds and five assists as Oklahoma City suffered a 123-117 loss to Sacramento for their second loss to the Kings in days.

In San Francisco, Jordan Poole had 29 points, six assists and five rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 23 points and the defending-champion Golden State Warriors rallied past the Portland Trail Blazers 123-105.

Keldon Johnson scored 25 points and San Antonio beat Utah to snap a 16-game losing streak, and there were also wins for Toronto and Washington.

With agencies.