Basketball: Bucks beat Raptors again in Eastern Conference showdown, DeRozan leads Spurs over Jazz

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) drives to the net against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam in a match on Dec 9.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) drives to the net against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam in a match on Dec 9.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Malcom Brogdon made two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter, including the one for the go-ahead points with 40.7 seconds to play, and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night (Dec 9).

Brogdon finished with 18 points for the Bucks (17-8), who have now beaten the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors (21-7) twice this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Bucks and Brook Lopez also had 19 points while Khris Middleton and Tony Snell scored 10 each.

Serge Ibaka scored 22 points, Kawhi Leonard had 20, Fred VanVleet scored 19 and Pascal Siakam added 17 for the Raptors, who have lost two in a row. Kyle Lowry did not score a point for the Raptors for the first time since March 17, 2013, against the Miami Heat.

Spurs 110, Jazz 97

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and Rudy Gay added 23 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds, as hosts San Antonio pulled away late to beat Utah.

The win was the second straight for the Spurs and gave them consecutive victories for the first time since winning four straight in an eight-day span from Oct 27-Nov 3.

Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 27 points, while Ricky Rubio scored 26 and Rudy Gobert added 12 for Utah, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Pelicans 116, Pistons 108

Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle combined to score 65 points to overcome a limited performance from Anthony Davis as New Orleans Pelicans edged hosts Detroit.

Holiday had 37 points and Randle had 28 while Davis was limited to six points in 26 minutes as he played through an injured hip suffered in the first quarter. Tim Frazier added 14 points and Nikola Mirotic scored 12 off the bench as the Pelicans won for the third time in five games.

Blake Griffin scored 35 points, backup Langston Galloway added 24 and Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Pistons, who lost their fourth straight after a five-game winning streak.

Hornets 119, Knicks 107

Kemba Walker scored 25 points before sitting out the entire fourth quarter and Charlotte rolled to an easy victory over hosts New York.

Walker, a native New Yorker, turned his only scheduled appearance in Madison Square Garden this season into another great performance. He finished eight of 20 from the field, hit four three-pointers, and added six rebounds, six assists and four steals.

The Hornets (13-13) won their second straight, following up an impressive home win over Denver on Friday night. Kevin Knox led the Knicks with 26 points and 15 rebounds off the bench. The Knicks also got 21 points from Tim Hardaway Jr and 18 from Frank Ntilikina.