Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to make a bid for a second straight MVP award.
The Milwaukee Bucks forward recorded his third triple-double of the season by delivering 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 123-102 rout of the Knicks in New York. Antetokounmpo took just 10 shots and had secured his triple-double midway through the third quarter after playing just 23 minutes.
The Bucks made their first six 3-point attempts and grabbed a 29-point lead before improving to an NBA-best 26-4.
Khris Middleton scored 23 points and Kyle Korver had 17 as Milwaukee won for the 20th time in its last 21 games.
Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:
— Kawhi Leonard captured his first victory in San Antonio since his exodus from the franchise, collecting 26 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in three quarters of the Clippers’ 134-109 romp over the Spurs. Leonard was 11 for 16 from the field with four steals and only two turnovers.
— James Harden torched the Suns for 47 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 in the Rockets, 10th win in 13 games, 139-125. Phoenix got within 115-107 with 9:37 left before Harden nailed four 3-pointers during Houston’s 21-9 run.
— The 76ers ended their three-game skid by getting 21 points and 13 rebounds from Joel Embiid in a 125-108 win against the Wizards. Josh Richardson also had 21 points while Ben Simmons added 14, 11 assists and eight rebounds in the victory.
— Spencer Dinwiddie poured in 39 points and the Nets overcame an 18-point deficit and a 47-point performance by Trae Young in defeating the Hawks, 122-112. Garrett Temple added 25 points and DeAndre Jordan added 12 with a season-high 20 rebounds for Brooklyn.
— Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and Rudy Gobert added 17 with 19 rebounds as the Jazz downed the Hornets, 114-107 for their fifth consecutive win. Donovan Mitchell chipped in 20 points and Joe Ingles had 14, including two pivotal 3s in the fourth quarter.
— Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 29 points while the Trail Blazers built a 61-52 halftime lead in a 113-106 downing of the Timberwolves. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks as Portland dealt Minnesota its 10th consecutive loss.
— Zach LaVine scored 33 points and Coby White added 19 to help the Bulls outlast the Pistons, 119-107. LaVine nailed a 3-pointer to break a 96-all tie and added another trey to put Chicago ahead, 106-99.
— Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 18 points and Jae Crowder added 17 with 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies tripped the Kings, 119-115. Seven Grizzlies reached double figures in points, including 16 from Dillon Brooks.