NBA: Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic lose on the road

McGruder and Wright (right) in action against the Magic

Bucks 123 Magic 92 Avery Bradley’s 33 points helped propel the Bucks to a comfortable 124-92 win over Orlando.

Milwaukee, who are 16-7, hit five three-pointers in the opening six minutes of the first quarter to go 29-9 and went on to take an 87-48 half-time lead.

The Magic, who have lost 13 of their last 15, hit their first bucket after 22 minutes.

Star point guard John Wall piled in 19 points as the Bucks held on to the 10-point lead they had at half-time.

Boston 104 Kings 99 Kyrie Irving hit a career-high 30 points as Boston avoided a third consecutive loss.

Antetokounmpo in fine form on return

The 19-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Bucks came from behind to beat the Magic.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re not scoring or not getting assists,” said NBA-leading Antetokounmpo. “If you defend, you can play good basketball.”

The Bucks are three games clear of second-placed Toronto and in fourth with two games in hand.

Monday’s game came a week after they suffered a huge upset defeat at home to the lowly Knicks, while Antetokounmpo also picked up a heel injury which caused him to miss Tuesday’s road loss to Golden State.

“We were just together. We got the defence going and we made an adjustment,” he said.

“The first couple of games I didn’t have the ball.”

Kings 112 Mavericks 105

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle criticised Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson for making a point on the comment and accused Atkinson of “demonstrating improper etiquette” with his post-game comment.

“I think it’s a competitive advantage to talk to your team beforehand,” Carlisle said.

“I’m not trying to embarrass him or his team. This is competitive, it’s his job. It’s irresponsible to talk to a team and then do that afterwards and talk about things being inappropriate.

“In my view, it was inappropriate, not the way to handle the game. It was supposed to be a 10- to 15-minute game.”

The short-handed Kings host Toronto on Tuesday while the Mavericks travel to Portland on Wednesday.

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