NBA roundup: Damian Lillard seals Bucks win
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks to victory over Trail Blazers, Lillard scores 31. Nets hit NBA season-high 25 3-pointers, beat Bulls.
On November 27, Giannis Antetokounmpo made a game-winning tip-in off of Bobby Portis' missed shot with 18.1 seconds left, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 108-102 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. This game marked Damian Lillard's first time playing against his former team since being traded to the Bucks in the offseason.
Lillard had an impressive performance, totaling 31 points and sealing the game with four free throws, marking his sixth 30-point game of the season. The meeting was the first since Portland ended an 11-year relationship with Lillard, dealing him to the Bucks in a three-team deal that brought Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, and Toumani Camara to the Trail Blazers along with a 2029 first-round pick.
This win was Milwaukee's seventh in its last eight games, while Portland lost for the ninth time in its last 10 outings.
In another game, the Brooklyn Nets staged a remarkable comeback against the Chicago Bulls, overcoming a 21-point deficit to secure a 118-109 victory. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points as the Nets hit an NBA season-high 25 3-pointers. They outscored the Bulls 109-79 after falling behind 30-9 in the first quarter.
The Nets' Royce O'Neale and Lonnie Walker IV added 20 points each, combining to shoot 12-of-20 from 3-point range. DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 27 points, but the Bulls lost their fourth game in a row and the seventh time in eight games.
The Boston Celtics defeated the Atlanta Hawks 113-103 behind a stellar 34-point, nine-rebound performance from Jayson Tatum. Despite a 33-point effort from Trae Young, the Hawks were unable to overcome the Celtics' lead.
In a close game, the Phoenix Suns edged out the New York Knicks 116-113, with Devin Booker sinking the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left. Booker finished with a double-double, recording 28 points and 11 assists, leading the Suns to their seventh straight win.
The Orlando Magic extended their winning streak to seven games, beating the Charlotte Hornets 130-117. Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony scored 30 points each, while Paolo Banchero had 23 points, contributing to Orlando's impressive victory.
The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 119-97, with Anthony Edwards leading the way with 24 points. Every Minnesota player who saw action scored, with five reaching double-figures.
In a high-scoring game, the Denver Nuggets secured a 132-120 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Nikola Jokic had a season-high 39 points, along with 11 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Nuggets to the win.
The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 105-102, with Darius Garland scoring 24 points to lead the Cavaliers to victory. Max Strus scored all 20 of his points in the third quarter, contributing to Cleveland's win.