Bucks win as Parker returns

Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Jabari Parker (L) takes a shot while New York Knicks’ guard Frank Ntilikina (11) defends during their NBA game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee Friday. — Reuters

MILWAUKEE — Jabari Parker scored 12 points in his first game since February of last season and Giannis Antetokounmpo capped off a 29-point night by scoring with a second left as the Milwaukee Bucks held on for a 92-90 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night at the Bradley Center.

Antetokounmpo pulled down an Enes Kanter miss with 24 seconds left and worked the clock down before putting up a left-handed floater, breaking a 90-90 tie in the final second. The Knicks called timeout, and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a 3 as time expired.

Antetokounmpo hit 10 of 21 shots and went 8-for-12 from the free throw line while adding 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who were playing without point guard Malcolm Brogdon after an MRI revealed a partially torn left quadriceps tendon that will sideline him six to eight weeks.

Parker had been sidelined since Feb. 8 of last season when he tore his left ACL for the second time in his brief career. He played his limit of 15 minutes and showed few signs of rust in the opening half, scoring 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting. He got his first true test of the knee in the final minute of the first quarter, driving the length of the court, planting and going up for a dunk.

76ers 103, Heat 97: Ben Simmons had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead all five starters in double figures as host Philadelphia defeated Miami.

Joel Embiid scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Dario Saric had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Sixers snapped a three-game losing streak and moved one game above .500. Robert Covington and JJ Redick scored 13 points each and Justin Anderson had 11.

Celtics 119, Hawks 110: Terry Rozier scored 10 of his career-high 31 points late in the third quarter, propelling Boston over Atlanta at TD Garden.

Jayson Tatum complemented Rozier with 27 points, helping the Celtics beat the Hawks for the third straight time this season in a duel between the teams with the best and worst records in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics were playing for a second consecutive game without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, out with a bruised quad. Boston was also without Marcus Morris (hip), Marcus Smart (hand) and Shane Larkin (knee).

Hornets 133, Pacers 126: Kemba Walker scored 41 points to help make sure Charlotte didn't waste a franchise record set early in the game against visiting Indiana.

The Hornets scored a record 49 first-quarter points. That was the most points for any quarter in franchise history.

Nic Batum, buoyed by seven 3s, pumped in a season-high 31 points and Frank Kaminsky supplied 15 points, as the Hornets cranked it up late after a spotty midgame stretch.

Lakers 102, Nets 99: Brook Lopez received a video tribute at the end of the first quarter in his return to Brooklyn and scored 19 points as Los Angeles took the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter and held on.

Lopez, who is the Nets' all-time leading scorer, received a nice hand from fans in pregame introductions and then was given a tribute at the end of the opening quarter. The center scored 14 points in the second half and finished making 8 of 13 shots and 3 of 5 3-pointers.

D'Angelo Russell, who was acquired from the Lakers for Lopez, had 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting for the Nets.

Pelicans 114, Thunder 100: Without new frontcourt partner Nikola Mirotic, Anthony Davis scored 43 points and passed Davis West as New Orleans' all-time leading scorer in a win over Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Davis also had 10 rebounds.

E'Twaun Moore added 26 points, Jrue Holiday had 11 points and 11 assists, Darius Miller scored 11 off the bench and Rajon Rondo had seven points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and four steals for the Pelicans.

Russell Westbrook had a triple-double for the Thunder, finishing with 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Steven Adams had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Paul George scored 15 points, Alex Abrines had 14, Carmelo Anthony 13 and Jerami Grant had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Raptors 130, Trail Blazers 105: DeMar DeRozan scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half as Toronto hammered Portland at Air Canada Centre.

Jazz 129, Suns 97: Rookie guard Donovan Mitchell scored 40 points and made a season-high seven 3-pointers and Joe Ingles added 16 points in Utah's lopsided victory over Phoenix at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Warriors 119, Kings 104: Golden State avenged a November loss to Sacramento with a victory at Golden 1 Center.

Kevin Durant had 33 points and connected on six of the Warriors' 17 3-pointers.