Giannis Antetokounmpo struck 10 points in overtime as the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 76ers 109-105 on Wednesday night.
The two-time MVP was at his scintillating best, as he registered 32 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to help the Bucks to a fifth straight victory, while they have also now won the same amount consecutively against the 76ers, who were without their own talisman Joel Embiid due to injury.
“We played great defence, trusted one another, didn’t put our head down, kept our composure,” Giannis told reporters post-game. “We believed in ourselves, and that’s why we were able to come back.”
The defeat for the 76ers means the Brooklyn Nets have now joined them at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, as a 40-point triple-double from James Harden helped them to a 124-115 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
It was not such a good night for the Golden State Warriors, who did manage to beat the Houston Rockets 108-94, but they lost captain Stephen Curry to injury at the end of the third quarter.
A further six games will take place in the NBA on Thursday night, with the top three in the Western Conference all in action, starting with leaders Utah Jazz, who will be looking to return to form following what has been a difficult March against the Washington Wizards (Money Line – Wizards 4/1, Jazz 1/6).
Any slip-ups from the Jazz could allow the Phoenix Suns to close the gap at the top of the standings, but only if they can make home court advantage count against the Minnesota Timberwolves (Suns 1/6, Timberwolves 4/1 – Money Line).
Los Angeles Lakers will also be aiming to keep pace with the leaders, although they have injury concerns ahead of their clash with the Charlotte Hornets, as a calf problem means Anthony Davis will definitely miss the contest, while LeBron James is a doubt due to an ankle issue (Lakers 2/7, Hornets 11/4 – Money Line).