James Harden produced another impressive performance but the Houston Rockets still lost to the Milwaukee Bucks midweek.

Harden scores 42 but Rockets fall to Bucks, Kuzma leads LeBron-less Lakers

The Milwaukee Bucks managed to overcome a big performance from James Harden to top the Houston Rockets 116-109 in the NBA.

MVP contender Harden posted 42 points but the Rockets still fell to the Bucks on Wednesday – snapping their 10-game home winning streak.

Harden also notched 11 rebounds, giving him a double-double midweek. Rockets team-mate Clint Capela chipped in 18 points and 13 rebounds, but Milwaukee's balanced offense was too overwhelming.

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 27 points and 21 rebounds for the Bucks. Malcolm Brogdon contributed 24 points on an efficient nine-of-12 shooting.

The Bucks (29-11) sit atop the Eastern Conference, while the Rockets dropped to 23-17, leaving them sixth in the west.


Another Davis double-double lifts Pelicans

Anthony Davis put up 38 points and 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans outlasted the Cleveland Cavaliers 140-124.

John Collins scored 30 points and grabbed 18 boards for the Atlanta Hawks, who lost 116-100 to the Brooklyn Nets.

Joel Embiid had 35 points and 14 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers went down 123-106 at the Washington Wizards.

Luka Doncic made four three-pointers on his way to a 30-point performance in the Dallas Mavericks' 104-94 victory against the Phoenix Suns.

Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers – who were without injured superstar LeBron James – to a 113-100 win over the Detroit Pistons.


Grizzlies roar but Conley struggles

Mike Conley scored 14 points on six-of-19 shooting as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the San Antonio Spurs 96-86. He missed all six of his three-point attempts.

Evan Fournier scored one point on 0-of-eight shooting in the Orlando Magic's 106-93 defeat to the Utah Jazz.


Davis says no… twice!

Davis protected the paint against the Cavaliers.

Ben Simmons used a deceptive ball fake to provide Embiid with an easy dunk under the basket.


Wednesday's results

Washington Wizards 123-106 Philadelphia 76ers
Boston Celtics 135-108 Indiana Pacers
Brooklyn Nets 116-100 Atlanta Hawks
Milwaukee Bucks 116-109 Houston Rockets
New Orleans Pelicans 140-124 Cleveland Cavaliers
Memphis Grizzlies 96-86 San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks 104-94 Phoenix Suns
Utah Jazz 106-93 Orlando Magic
Portland Trail Blazers 124-112 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers 113-100 Detroit Pistons


Nuggets at Clippers

The Denver Nuggets hold the best record in the Western Conference heading into Thursday's clash, while the Los Angeles Clippers sit fourth in the west and are riding a three-game winning streak. This will be an intriguing matchup between two of the conference's top teams. 

JR Smith suspended by Cavs

JR Smith suspended by Cavs for detrimental conduct

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced JR Smith's one-game ban two hours before Thursday's NBA clash against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sparks fly as 76ers beat Cavs

Sparks fly in final seconds of 76ers' win over Cavaliers

The Philadelphia 76ers impressed in a surprise victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.

James sends praise to Simmons

LeBron James sends praise to Sixers stars Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James heaped praise on Philadelphia 76ers duo Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid following Thursday's clash.

Curry leaves game due to injury

Stephen Curry leaves game after tweaking ankle

Stephen Curry was defending a drive to the basket when he jumped and came down on Golden State Warriors team-mate Zaza Pachulia's foot.

Rockets extend win streak to 15

Rockets extend win streak to 15 games

The Houston Rockets extended their winning streak in the NBA, beating the Boston Celtics.