NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on January 4

By The Sports Xchange 
Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a step-back jumper near the free throw line as time expired to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-104 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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NEW YORK - Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a step-back jumper near the free throw line as time expired to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-104 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Antetokounmpo posted his 16th double-double of the season with 27 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee (18-16). Lance Thomas was draped all over Antetokounmpo on the shot, but the Bucks forward found a little space with a back step to nail the winner as Milwaukee fought back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks (16-19), losers of six straight, with 30 points and 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season.
CLEVELAND -- Jimmy Butler scored 14 points in the fourth quarter after a slow start and Chicago held on against depleted Cleveland.
LeBron James had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while playing 37 minutes despite battling an illness. The Cavs (26-8) were also without Kevin Love (food poisoning) and Kyrie Irving (right hamstring).
Butler started slowly two nights after scoring 52 points against Charlotte, but he had 10 straight for the Bulls (18-18) during one stretch of the fourth quarter when the Cavs were rallying and finished with 20 points.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nicolas Batum scored 28 points and Charlotte beat Oklahoma City at the Spectrum Center, snapping an 11-game losing streak against the Thunder.
Batum scored on a drive and a 3-pointer as part of a 9-0 run that pushed a 105-104 Charlotte lead to 114-104 with 1:19 left. Oklahoma City never got closer than six the rest of the way. The Hornets (20-16) snapped a two-game losing streak and remained atop the Southeast Division.
Oklahoma City (21-15) was frustrated by the officiating, as the Hornets were 40 of 49 from the foul line. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 33 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists but missed 10 of his first 12 shots and finished 10 of 31 from the field and 2 of 12 from 3-point range. He picked up a technical foul in the first quarter.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dennis Schroder had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds in leading Atlanta over Orlando at the Amway Center.
The Hawks (19-16) won their fourth consecutive game. The Magic (16-21) lost for the third time in their last four games.
Kent Bazemore had 17 points and hit all three of his 3-point shots for Atlanta. Paul Millsap scored 16 points and Dwight Howard, who began his career in Orlando, had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 15 points each.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tyler Johnson capped a 23-point night with a driving layup that he made despite the foul, breaking a tie and helping Miami hold off a furious Sacramento rally in a victory at the Golden 1 Center.
Johnson nearly lost the ball twice while dribbling on the decisive possession, once the ball was knocked away and once when he dribbled off his knee. But he recovered, drove the key and converted despite being hammered by the Kings' Matt Barnes and breaking 102-102 tie. Johnson then made the free throw for a 3-point lead, and Miami held on.
Goran Dragic added 19 points for Miami (11-26), which ended a six-game losing streak despite blowing a 19-point third-quarter lead and playing without usual starters Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow.
LOS ANGELES -- Austin Rivers scored a game-high 28 points and Los Angeles earned a victory over Memphis at Staples Center.
Jamal Crawford contributed 22 points, while DeAndre Jordan collected 18 points and 20 rebounds for the Clippers. J.J. Redick added 19 points and Raymond Felton chipped in 11 points.
Marc Gasol had 23 points for the Grizzlies, who were playing the second end of a back-to-back at Staples. The Grizzlies lost 116-102 to the Lakers on Tuesday.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Shaun Livingston had a dunk, Draymond Green a block and Stephen Curry a 3-pointer in a key 34-second sequence of the fourth quarter, helping Golden State hold off Portland.
Curry totaled 35 points and Kevin Durant 30 as Golden State made it three straight wins this season over the Trail Blazers.
Portland managed to make things interesting against the two-time defending Western Conference champions without star point guard Damian Lillard, who missed a fifth straight game with sprained left ankle.
NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on January 4 Reviewed by Bizpodia on 04:13 Rating: 5

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