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MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo won the scoring matchup, but Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers won the game.

Antetokounmpo poured in a career-high 52 points, yet Embiid had 40 points and 15 rebounds to lead the 76ers over the Milwaukee Bucks 130-125 on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo was 15 of 26 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and made 19 of 21 free throws to better his previous career best by eight points.

The 7-foot, 260-pound Embiid challenged his shots and trips into the paint.

“He’s (Embiid) a tough guy,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s a great defender, strong. It was kind of hard going at him.”

The Sixers’ defense shut down Antetokounmpo in the first two quarters. He was 5 of 13 from the floor and had 17 points and seven rebounds before going 10 of 13 from the floor and 14 of 16 from the line for 35 points in the second half.

“He carried us for most of that game, but not all of it,” Khris Middleton said. “He wreaked havoc in the paint. He got his 3-ball going early. He got into a great rhythm. He was special tonight. Unfortunately, we just didn’t get the win for him on a career night.”

Embiid was up to the challenge of guarding Antetokounmpo.

“I thought we all did a pretty good job in the first half,” Embiid said. “In the second half, he kind of got going. He is tough to guard.”

Embiid and the Sixers weathered a late charge by Milwaukee to beat the team with the best overall record in the NBA (52-18) and the top home record (27-6). It was the fifth time this season Embiid scored 40 or more points and came in his fourth game back after missing nine straight with left knee soreness.

“They are the best team in the NBA right now, as far as record goes,” Embiid said. “No. 1 in our conference. I felt like we had to make a statement. We had to get this win.”

Also Sunday:

Knicks 124, Lakers 123: NEW YORK — Mario Hezonja blocked LeBron James’ potential game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds to play, allowing New York to complete a late rally and beat Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers led by 11 with under 3½ minutes to play before the Knicks charged back largely because of their defense against James. DeAndre Jordan also blocked one of his shots in the final minute, and James also missed a jumper with the Lakers clinging to a one-point lead.

Heat 93, Hornets 75: MIAMI — Goran Dragic scored 19 points off the bench, Dwyane Wade added 17 and came up with big plays late and Miami found just enough offense to beat Charlotte in a game with major Eastern Conference playoff implications.

Pistons 110, Raptors 107: DETROIT — Blake Griffin scored 25 points, Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds and Detroit completed a season sweep of Toronto.

Kings 129, Bulls 102: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and nine rebounds, Buddy Hield added 16 points and inched closer to Sacramento’s single-season record for 3-pointers, while the Kings beat Chicago.

Magic 101, Hawks 91: ORLANDO, Fla. — Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 20 rebounds to lead Orlando. Aaron Gordon added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Magic, who remained a game behind Miami in the chase for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Wes Iwundu helped Orlando overcome 38.8 percent shooting with a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds.

Clippers 119, Nets 116: LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams hit the game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key at the final buzzer to give the Clippers a victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari each scored 20 for the Clippers.

Rockets 117, Timberwolves 102: HOUSTON — Chris Paul scored 25 points, tied a career high with six 3-pointers and had 10 assists, and the Rockets used a big third quarter to pull away and get a win over Minnesota. James Harden added 20 points and 10 assists despite dealing with a strained neck.