NBA-leading Bucks rebound, rout Pacers

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points as the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers

The Milwaukee Bucks boast the NBA's best record thanks in part to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and also by avoiding slumps.

Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists as the Bucks bounced back from one of their weakest performances of the season to rout the Indiana Pacers 119-100 on Wednesday night.

Two nights after losing 105-89 in Miami, the Bucks improved to 53-9 as they get ready for a three-game road trip that starts Friday at the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers.

Milwaukee hasn't lost back-to-back games all season.

"We just tried to get back on track," Antetokounmpo said.

"We didn't just lose - we played bad against Miami - and I think everybody in this locker room wanted to play ball and just get back on track and get a win."

Indiana had a four-game winning streak snapped as it fell into a tie with Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Pacers also lost guard Malcolm Brogdon to a sore left hip in the second quarter.

In Miami, it took a record-setting night from 3-point range for the Heat to beat the Orlando Magic.

Duncan Robinson scored 27 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc, and the Heat hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in a 116-113 win over their Florida rivals.

Jayson Tatum scored 32 points to spearhead the Boston Celtics' 112-106 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were led by Collin Sexton's career-high 41-point haul.

Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 23 points to enable the Utah Jazz to beat the New York Knicks 112-104 and pull within a half-game in of the fourth-place Houston Rockets in the Western Conference.

Danilo Gallinari made a crucial 3-pointer in the final minute to guide the Oklahoma to a 114-107 triumph over the Detroit Pistons, after the Thunder blew a 16-point second-half lead.

Star guard Damian Lillard returned from a groin injury to contribute 22 points and five assists to help the Portland Trail Blazers post a 125-104 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Lillard played 32 minutes and drained four 3-pointers in his first outing since being injured against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 12.

Bradley Beal recorded 29 points, six rebounds and six assists for Washington to stretch his franchise-record streak of consecutive 25-point outings to 20.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points, and Luka Doncic added a 30-point triple-double as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 127-123 in overtime.

Seth Curry added 21 points, Tim Hardaway Jnr. scored 18 and Doncic added 17 rebounds and 10 assists.

Brandon Ingram scored 27 for the Pelicans before fouling out, Lonzo Bell had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and No.1 draft pick Zion Williamson notched 21 points.

In other games, the Memphis Grizzlies hammered the Brooklyn Nets 118-79 while the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Chicago Bulls 115-108.