Celts Just the Cure for Bucks
Milwaukee — O.J. Mayo rebounded from a subpar game with 22 points and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-85 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
Two of Milwaukee’s three victories this season have come against Boston. The Bucks beat the Celtics, 105-98, on Nov. 1 in Boston. Jared Sullinger scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds, while Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford added 18 points apiece for the Celtics.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight had his second consecutive solid game, scoring 20 points with nine rebounds and eight assists after scoring 17 points against Charlotte.
Boston missed its first nine shots of the fourth quarter, allowing Milwaukee to go on a 10-0 run and take an 80-63 lead on Gary Neal’s short jumper with 7:24 to go.
The Celtics then went on an 18-5 run, pulling within 88-81 on Green’s 3-pointer with 1:20 to go. After each team failed to score on their next possessions, Knight made a layup to make it 90-81 with 55 seconds to go.
Wizards 108, Hawks 101
Washington — John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and made five 3-pointers, and Washington beat Atlanta.
The Wizards have won six of their last eight, and have won eight games in November for the first time since 1984.
Martell Webster added 19 points for Washington and also had five 3-pointers. Nene, who returned after missing Friday’s game at Indiana with a right Achilles tendon injury, had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Cavaliers 97, Bulls 93
Cleveland — Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters each scored 20 points, and Cleveland held off a late rally by Chicago. Cleveland, which had lost five straight and eight of nine, built a 12-point lead in fourth quarter, but the Bulls rallied for an 88-87 edge on Tony Snell’s basket with 3:59 remaining.
Bynum’s jumper put Cleveland ahead again with 3:35 left, and Kyrie Irving scored after stealing the ball from Kirk Hinrich. Waiters converted another turnover into a layup to put the Cavaliers ahead 93-88 with 2:09 to play.
Waiters scored again to give Cleveland a seven-point lead, but Luol Deng’s 3-pointer cut the lead to 95-91.
Carlos Boozer’s basket with 40 seconds left cut the lead to 95-93. Following a miss by Bynum, the Bulls called timeout with 17 seconds remaining. Deng drove to the basket but his shot rolled off the rim and the Bulls missed three tip-in attempts.
Tristan Thompson grabbed the rebound and made two free throws with 9 seconds remaining sealed the win.
Deng scored 27 points for the Bulls, who finished 1-5 on their road trip in which they lost point guard Derrick Rose for the season with a knee injury.
Irving added 19 points for Cleveland.