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Bucks win in NBA without Dellavedova

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017

Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova missed his third successive NBA game due to a hamstring injury, but the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 on Monday night (Tuesday AEDT).

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 10 rebounds and rookie Malcolm Brogdon hit two free throws with eight seconds left, lifting the Bucks to the win.

With Milwaukee leading 96-94, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook drove the lane, but Tony Snell deflected the ball off the Thunder guard's leg and the ball went out of bounds. The referees initially signalled the ball went off Snell, but after a video review, they reversed the call and gave Milwaukee possession.

Brogdon then was fouled and made both free throws to seal the victory.

Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 30 points and six assists but made only three-of-17 shots in the second half.

New Zealand centre Steven Adams scored 20 points and Victor Oladipo added 18 for Oklahoma City, who had won five of six coming into the game.

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 26 points and the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a 90-82 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving missed his second straight game because of tightness in his right hamstring. Cleveland dressed only 10 players thanks to a rash of recent injuries.

After Buddy Hield hit two free throws to pull the Pelicans to 84-82 with 2:56 remaining, James scored six straight points and blocked a shot over a 1:47 stretch to seal the Cavaliers' eighth win in nine games.

Anthony Davis scored 20 points with 17 rebounds for the Pelicans, whose four-game winning streak came to an end.

Elsewhere, Boomer Joe Ingles scored five points and collected nine rebounds in Utah Jazz's 101-89 win against Brooklyn.

Australia's Dante Exum missed his sixth consecutive game for the Jazz with a knee injury and will be re-evaluated later in the week.

And in New York, Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 23 points, Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon each had 22 and the Orlando Magic rolled to a 115-103 victory over the Knicks, who lost their fifth successive game.

The Chicago Bulls beat Charlotte 118-111 while Houston were too strong for Washington 101-91.

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