Bucks' Giannis bags 42 points in NBA win, Jokic ejected


Giannis Antetokounmpo has scored 42 points on 20-of-23 shooting, and Milwaukee won their fifth consecutive NBA game, 142-129 over Washington.

The Wizards dropped their sixth straight, but not without putting up a decent fight against the star-studded Bucks (10-4) on Monday night.

Antetokounmpo shot 87 per cent from the field, the highest mark in a game by a player with at least 20 attempts since Mike Woodson of the Kansas City Kings went 22 of 24 (91.7 per cent) in a 48-point effort against the Houston Rockets in 1983. Antetokounmpo also contributed 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Khris Middleton 18 to move past Sidney Moncrief and into fourth place on Milwaukee's career scoring list.

Jordan Poole scored 30 points for Washington (2-11) and Kyle Kuzma added 22 points and 13 assists.

In Detroit, Reggie Jackson scored 21 points and carried Denver in the fourth quarter after two-time MVP Nikola Jokic was ejected in the first half, and the Nuggets handed the Pistons their 12th straight loss, 107-103.

Jackson had eight points and three assists in the final period as he and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20 points) shone for the defending NBA champion Nuggets (10-4) against their former team.

Jokic and Denver coach Michael Malone were ejected after arguing calls. Malone was thrown out for coming onto the court to dispute a call late in the first quarter, and Jokic was tossed for picking up a second technical with 1:22 left in the second period.

Jokic finished with nine points, five rebounds and five assists in 15 minutes.

In Charlotte, Miles Bridges hit a three-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in overtime and the Hornets beat Boston 121-118 to snap a six-game home losing streak.

LaMelo Ball finished with 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Gordon Hayward added 20 points for the Charlotte (4-9), who battled back from an 18-point deficit.

Jayson Tatum had 45 points and Peyton Pritchard 21 for the Celtics (11-3), who had their six game winning streak snapped.