NBA: Antetokounmpo nets 40 points in Bucks' comeback win

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(REUTERS) - The Milwaukee Bucks battled back from an 18-point deficit and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a go-ahead layup with two seconds left in regulation to beat the visiting Charlotte Hornets 127-125 on Wednesday night (Dec 1).

Milwaukee earned its eighth straight National Basketball Association win after outscoring the Hornets 67-57 in the second half to complete the comeback after not holding a lead through nearly 34 minutes of action.

Charlotte's Miles Bridges threw up a heave at the buzzer, but it did not fall, handing the Bucks their sixth consecutive victory at home.

Antetokounmpo racked up 40 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Khris Middleton added 21 points for the Bucks. Charlotte's LaMelo Ball tallied a career-high 36 points to go along with nine assists and five rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. finished with 25 points for the Hornets.

Over in Cleveland, Kevin Love scored a game-high 22 points off the bench as the Cavaliers broke a 20-game, decade-plus-long losing streak in games played in Miami, winning 111-85.

Miami's Duncan Robinson shot 0-for-7 from the floor and went scoreless. That ended his 69-game streak with at least one three-pointer, which had been the second-longest active streak in the NBA. Prior to Wednesday, Cleveland's most recent win in Miami was on Jan 25, 2010.

Cleveland bothered Miami with their height as Jarrett Allen - who stands at 2.1m - had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high five blocks. Evan Mobley, a 2.13m rookie, had 17 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as Cleveland won its third straight game.

Tyler Herro returned from a two-game absence to lead the Heat with 21 points.

Orlando Magic's Cole Anthony had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a successful return to the line-up and Franz Wagner hit a go-ahead triple with 1min 45sec left as hosts Orlando rallied to defeat Denver 108-103 and end a seven-game losing streak.

Wagner's three-pointer gave the Magic their first lead of the game at 106-103.

Will Barton missed an off-balanced triple from the left wing, and Anthony sank two free throws after being fouled on the rebound to cap the scoring. Wagner finished with 15 points and was one of six Magic players to score in double figures.

Nikola Jokic had 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists for the Nuggets, and Aaron Gordon scored 17 points in his return to Orlando.

In Boston, Jayson Tatum had 26 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as hosts Celtics outlaste...

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