Bucks advance, finish off sweep of Heat


Giannis Antetokounmpo posted just the third triple-double in Milwaukee Bucks playoff history, helping his team complete a four-game sweep of their Eastern Conference first-round series with a 120-103 win over the host Miami Heat on Saturday.

Antetokounmpo finished with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds. The two previous Bucks with playoff triple-doubles were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970 (he was known as Lew Alcindor at the time) and Paul Pressey in 1986.

Milwaukee advances to the second round of the playoffs after eliminating Miami for the first time in three playoff matchups.

Miami, which reached the NBA Finals last year, was swept for the first time since 2007 against the Chicago Bulls.

Miami’s Jimmy Butler also had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Kendrick Nunn added 18 points.

76ers 132, Wizards 103

Joel Embiid scored 36 points before sitting out the fourth quarter as visiting Philadelphia cruised to a victory over Washington in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Embiid’s point total served as a playoff career high. He made 14 of 18 shots from the floor. Tobias Harris collected 20 points and 13 rebounds for the 76ers, who shot 58.6 percent from the floor and 51.5 percent from 3-point range to seize a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Top-seeded Philadelphia can close out eighth-seeded Washington in Game 4 on Monday night.

Washington’s Russell Westbrook recorded 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists despite being hampered by an ankle injury sustained in Game 2. Bradley Beal added 25 points in defeat.

Jazz 121, Grizzlies 111

Donovan Mitchell completed a three-point play with 4:04 remaining and top-seeded Utah survived a late challenge from host Memphis for a win in Game 3 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series.

Mitchell saved 10 of his game-high 29 points for the final four minutes, during which the Jazz outscored the Grizzlies 14-2 to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Mike Conley scored 27 to go with a team-high eight assists for Utah.

Grayson Allen came off the bench with five 3-pointers to account for almost all of his 17 points, while both Kyle Anderson (11 points, 13 rebounds) and Jonas Valanciunas (10 points, 13 rebounds) produced double-doubles for Memphis.

Trail Blazers 115, Nuggets 95

Norman Powell scored 29 points and CJ McCollum added 21 to lift host Portland over Denver in Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series.

Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points, Damian Lillard collected 10 points and 10 assists and Carmelo Anthony scored 12 points on his 37th birthday to help the Trail Blazers even the series at two wins apiece.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Denver.

–Field Level Media



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