Bucks inflict another loss on the Cavaliers…
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant returned from injury to score 44 points in a key win over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Durant had 44 points, 10 points and seven assists in his return from a sprained right ankle as he had to take over the show without Russell Westbrook after he was ejected in the first half after picking up two technical fouls.
“It felt good. My teammates were running plays for me and getting me open shots,” Durant said. “I just tried to finish for them. My shots felt good and that win felt better.”
Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 29 points while Markieff Morris added 25 along with 21 points from Goran Dragic, but it wasn’t enough for Phoenix to avoid a loss in a key match-up against one of their playoff rivals.
OKC improve to 16-17 for the season while the Suns drop to 18-16.
Staying in the Western Conference, the San Antonio Spurs ended their overtime curse with a win over the New Orleans Pelicans after regulation.
Manu Ginobili led the charge with 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists as the Spurs move to 20-14 for the season, while Anthony Davis put up 21 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in response in a losing effort.
Over in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to another defeat with the Milwaukee Bucks conquering the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.
Brandon Knight scored 26 points to lead the Bucks, while the short-handed Cavs were led by Kyrie Irving with 25 points and five rebounds.
LeBron James remained sidelined with a sore left knee while Kevin Love was out with back spasms as the Cavaliers suffered their fourth loss in five games.
Sacramento Kings 84-106 Boston Celtics
Miami Heat 95-106 Indiana Pacers
New York Knicks 78-99 Los Angeles Clippers
Charlotte Hornets 83-102 Houston Rockets
Milwaukee Bucks 96-80 Cleveland Cavaliers
New Orleans Pelicans 93-95 San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns 134-137 Oklahoma City Thunder