THE Milwaukee Bucks, starring Giannis Antetoikounmpo, made short work of the San Antonio Spurs but the Los Angeles Lakers took a 104, 108 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in two of four games in the NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando, Florida.
The other two games saw the Indiana Pacers outlasting the Portland Trail Blazers, 91-88 and the the Phoenix Suns outshining the Utah Jazz, 101-88.
The league will restart on July 31 after being suspended for more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic that's troubling the sporting world.
BUCKS 113, SPURS 92
Antetokounmpo shot 9-of-13 from the field for 21 poinnts and also had four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the 40-minute scrimmage. He was one of three Bucks with multiple steals as a strong defensive effort forced the Spurs into 22 turnovers. The Bucks pulled away in the middle quarters, outscoring San Antonio 65-47.
Brook Lopez totaled 17 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals, while Khris Middleton posted 16 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
PACERS 91, TRAIL BLAZERS 88
The Indiana Pacers held off the Portland Trail Blazers, 91-88, in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage at Orlando on Thursday.
The Pacers looked in control, leading 89-77 with 3:32 remaining, but the Trail Blazers went on an 11-2 run to trim the deficit to three at 91-88 with 13 seconds remaining. The Trail Blazers then forced a turnover for one last shot, but Jaylen Hoard's three-point attempt in the final seconds narrowly missed to let the Pacers escape.
MAVERICKS 108, LAKERS 104
The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-104, Thursday in an NBA Season Restart Scrimmage in Orlando.
The contest got out to a competitive start, but the Lakers pulled ahead to take a seven-point lead into the second quarter. They held the advantage through the second and carried a 55-44 lead into halftime. The Mavericks turned it up in the third quarter, where they out scored the Lakers, 33-19, to take a three-point lead into the final frame. The Mavericks held the edge through the fourth and amassed a 12-point lead with just over three minutes to go. The Lakers closed the contest on a 15-7 run but came up short in the end.
Seth Curry was locked in as he shot 8-of-8 from the field on his way to 23 points in 16 minutes. Boban Marjanovic tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal, while Luka Doncic added 14 points, six assists, five rebounds and a steal.
Meanwhile, LeBron James got out to a hot start with 12 points and five assists in the first half but did not play the rest of the contest. Anthony Davis tallied 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while JaVale McGee and Quinn Cook added 13 points each.
The Lakers' next contest will take place on Saturday against the Magic, while the Mavericks go up against the Pacers on Sunday
SUNS 101, JAZZ 88
The Phoenix Suns defeated the Utah Jazz, 101-88, on Thursday in a scrimmage between the two teams at the Orlando restart.
Down two starters in Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre, the Suns quickly grabbed control of the game with a 28-point first quarter to lead by nine at the end of the period. They stretched that lead to 11 points at halftime, going into the break with a 50 to 39 advantage.