NBA wrap: Bucks top Rockets; Clippers clinch playoff spot

Tuesday was an exciting night in the NBA.

Two league MVP contenders faced off, and yet another Western Conference team clinched a playoff berth.

Rockets star James Harden and the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo have been the front-runners for MVP for most of the season. Milwaukee claimed a 108-94 victory against Houston at Fiserv Forum.

Antetokounmpo scored 19 points and racked up 14 rebounds in his team’s win. Eric Bledsoe recorded a team-high 23 points, though.

Harden had an off night, scoring 23 points on just 9-of-26 shooting.

If the Bucks and Rockets meet again, it’ll be in the NBA Finals.

Meanwhile, the Clippers clinched a spot in the postseason with a 122-111 win over the Timberwolves.

Los Angeles’ Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 25 points, which helped his team fight off solid scoring performances from Karl-Anthony Towns (24) and Andrew Wiggins (22).

Time is winding down. The Jazz, Thunder, Spurs and Kings are still looking to punch their tickets to the playoffs in the Western Conference.

Studs of the Night

Kemba Walker’s 38 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists powered the Hornets to a 125-116 overtime victory over the Spurs.

Trae Young tallied 33 points and 12 assists, leading the Hawks past the Pelicans, 130-120.

Jamal Murray scored a game-high 33 points in the Nuggets’ 95-92 victory against the Pistons.

Bradley Beal poured in 32 points as the Wizards fell to the Lakers, 124-106.

Duds of the Night

Jeremy Lin scored two points on 1-of-9 shooting, but Toronto beat Chicago, 112-103.

Kelly Olynyk only managed four points on 1-of-7 shooting in Miami’s 104-99 loss to Orlando.


Lance Stephenson’s handles sent Washington’s Jeff Green stumbling all the way to the baseline.

Dwight Powell reached back to finish this alley-oop in the Mavericks’ 125-121 loss to the Kings.

What’s Next?

Pacers (45-29) at Thunder (43-31) 8 p.m. ET — Fourth-seeded Indiana has already clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Oklahoma City, however, hasn’t accomplished this yet. The Thunder are seventh in the Western Conference and will face a cold Pacers team that has lost four of their last five games.