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Antetokounmpo injury problem for Bucks; Warriors defeat Lakers

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Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a calf injury as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, while the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Lakers in their crucial heavyweight showdown.

Former NBA Most Valuable Player Antetokounmpo collapsed on the court in a non-contact incident in the third quarter of the Bucks' 104-91 loss to Boston after jumping toward teammate Damian Lillard.

Antetokounmpo, who missed games last month with an Achilles tendon injury, limped off the field in apparent discomfort and did not return to the game at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

The Bucks said Antetokounmpo suffered a left soleus strain and will undergo an MRI scan to evaluate the injury.

“They're checking him out now,” dejected Milwaukee coach Doc Rivers said when asked about Antetokounmpo's injury after the win.

When asked how much concern there was about Antetokounmpo's injury, Rivers replied: “Good question. High, I would say. He’s Giannis.”

“I think everyone is probably feeling the same way as me at the moment. So we just hope for the best.”

Any significant injury to Antetokounmpo would be a major blow to the Bucks' hopes of advancing to the playoffs.

The Greek star had scored 15 points with eight rebounds and seven assists before leaving Tuesday's game.

The injury overshadowed the Bucks' encouraging win over the runaway Eastern Conference leaders, already assured of a postseason lead.

The Celtics briefly led in the first quarter, but then trailed a Milwaukee team that led by 24 points in the second quarter.

The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game, with Patrick Beverley leading the Milwaukee scoring with 20 points.

Boston coach Joe Mazzulla takes positive stock of the defeat as his team prepares for the challenges of the playoffs.

“It’s good for us to be in a lot of different situations,” Mazzulla said. “It's the first time in as long as I can remember that the game didn't go our way… it's a good situation for us because we haven't seen anything like that in a while.”

– Warriors' Three-Way Rampage –

The Golden State Warriors unleashed a barrage of three-pointers to overwhelm the undermanned Lakers 134-120 on the road.

The Warriors made 26 three-pointers on 41 attempts from beyond the arc, with Stephen Curry going a perfect 6 of 6 from long range and scoring 23 points.

Klay Thompson added five three-pointers, while even Draymond Green had five three-pointers against a Lakers team missing the injured Anthony Davis.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 33 points, while Austin Reaves added 22 and Rui Hachimura 20.

In another Western Conference game, the Phoenix Suns were knocked out of the automatic playoff spots to seventh place after suffering a 105-92 loss at home to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The New Orleans Pelicans passed the Suns and took sixth place in the West after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 110-100.

The Philadelphia 76ers' resurgence since Joel Embiid's return from injury continued, winning for the sixth time in a row with a 120-102 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Embiid finished the game with 37 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, leaving the Sixers trailing 45-35, just behind the sixth-place Indiana Pacers (46-34).

Both teams still have two regular season games left.

Sixers coach Nick Nurse said Embiid is still working on getting back to full fitness.

“I think he still has some work to do,” Nurse said. “But we’re getting there. We’re just slowly moving him up the ladder, just a little bit more with each game.”

In Charlotte, Luka Doncic scored a 39-point triple-double to continue the Dallas Mavericks' winning streak with a 130-104 road win over the Hornets.

The Mavericks improved to 49-30 and remain in fifth place in the Western Conference.

Daniel Gafford scored 26 points for the Mavs, while Kyrie Irving added 18 points and Dallas secured the win.

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