Khris Middleton leads Bucks to NBA-record 29 3-pointers

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The Milwaukee Bucks made an NBA record 29 3-pointers while routing the host Miami Heat 144-97 in a wire-to-wire victory on Tuesday night with the help of Middleton.

The Bucks shot 56.9 percent from long distance (29-for-51) and got 3-pointers from 12 different players – everyone who saw the court except for two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The old NBA mark of 27 3-pointers was set by the Houston Rockets on April 7, 2019, against the Phoenix Suns.

Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 25 points while going 4-for-5 on 3-point attempts. Jrue Holiday added 24 points and hit six of 10 from long range.

Antetokounmpo had a rather easy night, playing 24 minutes and providing nine points, six assists and six rebounds. He missed both of his 3-point attempts.

The Heat, who eliminated the Bucks in five games in last season’s Eastern Conference semi-finals, will get a rematch with Milwaukee on Wednesday night when the teams meet again in Miami.

The injury-plagued Warriors, without stars Klay Thompson (right Achilles tendon) and Draymond Green (right foot), have won two in a row after dropping their first two games by a combined 65 points.

The decisive stretch came with Curry on the bench. Rookie big man James Wiseman had a dunk and Wiggins followed with a 3-pointer to cap a 12-0 run that put Golden State up 98-89 in the fourth quarter.

Blake Griffin, who had eight points, five rebounds and three assists in 17 first-half minutes, was inadvertently smacked in the jaw by a James Wiseman forearm and sat out the second half in concussion protocol.

Julius Randle had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his first triple-double in two years, leading New York over Cleveland.

Randle, who scored 18 in the first half as the Knicks built a 16-point lead, completed his seventh career triple-double with an assist on Elfrid Paytons 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.

Reggie Bullock scored 17 points and Payton had 14 points, eight boards and seven assists for the Knicks (2-2), who won their second in a row.

Andre Drummond notched his fourth double-double for the Cavaliers (3-1) with 18 points, 17 rebounds and a season-high six blocked shots.

Jayson Tatum scored 14 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Boston Celtics rallied past the Indiana Pacers 116-111 at Indianapolis.

Tatum added 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who snapped a two-game skid and outscored the Pacers 33-18 in the final period.

Jaylen Brown had 20 points, Marcus Smart 17 and Tristan Thompson scored 14 to go with 10 rebounds.

Victor Oladipo led six Pacers in double figures with 24 points as Indiana lost for the first time in four games this season.

Joel Embiid scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lift the host Philadelphia 76ers past the Toronto Raptors 100-93 on Tuesday.

The All-Star center Embiid made 14 of 16 free throws and overcame a brief injury scare in the third quarter.

Tobias Harris added 26 points and 11 rebounds, Seth Curry contributed 17 points and Ben Simmons had 11 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Sixers, who improved to 3-1.

Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

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