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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Milwaukee Bucks are doing more than just winning. They are dominating opponents.

The Bucks won their third straight game and 14th of the past 17 on Wednesday night with a 111-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 27 points and 11 rebounds, enjoying his 30th double-double of the season, while Eric Bledsoe had 16 points, 12 of which came during a momentum-swinging third quarter.

Milwaukee has the best record in the NBA at 32-12 — the Eastern Conference rival Toronto Raptors lost to the Boston Celtics and are percentage points behind at 33-13 — and improved to 12-8 on the road.

Memphis had pulled ahead 59-58 for its only lead of the game and Antetokounmpo was headed to the bench with his fourth foul, a situation that should have given the Grizzlies an advantage.

Instead, Bledsoe scored nine straight points, part of a 19-0 run to end Memphis’ hopes.

“Eric Bledsoe was phenomenal. He really changed the game,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We needed him. We needed someone to step up and have a game like that.”

Antetokounmpo liked what he saw.

“(It was) our pace,” he said of the run. “We were able to get in passing lanes, get some deflections. We made them turn the ball over and we were able to run, create threes, easy looks, easy layups.

“I think Bledsoe did a good job of setting the tone and everybody else followed.”

The victory marked the 23rd time the Bucks have won by double-digits and they entered the game with a 16.2-point winning margin in their previous 13 victories.

On this night, the Bucks led by 31 in the fourth quarter with about 8 minutes left before taking a foot off the gas.

Memphis missed 10 of its first 11 shots, part of the Grizzlies shooting 26 percent in the opening quarter.

The Grizzlies (19-25), who are in last place in the Western Conference’s Southwest Division, lost their third straight and are 7-20 since starting the season 12-5.

Milwaukee’s 19-0 burst was part of a 41-28 third-quarter edge. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff belabored a key stat in his postgame comments — eight turnovers for 20 Milwaukee points in the third.

“It’s pretty simple,” Bickerstaff said. “Unforced turnovers, live ball turnovers at the top of the floor that lead to transition dunks, easy baskets.”

The Bucks’ 41 points in the third quarter were the most given up by Memphis in any period this season.

Memphis reserves actually performed better than the starters, with Omri Casspi leading the Grizzlies with 17 points, JaMychal Green added 14 points, along with 10 rebounds and three blocks. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol also scored 14 points each for Memphis.

“We’ve lost 10, lost 11, so we’ve got to take a stance as a team and we’ve got to stop this slide,” Casspi said. “It’s been like that for a while, so enough talking. We’ve got to do more on the court.”

Tip-ins

Bucks: Milwaukee leads the series 23-22. … Memphis defeated the Bucks 116-113 on Nov. 14. Milwaukee is now 5-0 facing teams that it lost to in its previous meeting. … The Bucks next play at Orlando on Saturday. 

Grizzlies: Memphis played its only home game in a five-game stretch. … Swingman Justin Holiday, obtained from the Chicago Bulls in a Jan. 4 trade, started his first game for Memphis.

Milwaukee 28 22 41 20 — 111

Memphis 20 25 28 28 — 101

MILWAUKEE — Middleton 4-8 3-3 11, Antetokounmpo 10-14 7-8 27, Lopez 4-7 0-0 9, Bledsoe 5-13 4-4 16, Brogdon 3-9 2-3 9, Wilson 5-9 0-0 13, Ilyasova 1-7 0-0 3, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Maker 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 3-6 2-2 9, Connaughton 1-2 0-0 3, Snell 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 4-5 1-2 11. Totals 40-84 19-22 111.

MEMPHIS — Temple 1-7 0-0 2, Jackson Jr. 2-7 3-3 7, Gasol 5-13 2-2 14, Conley 5-14 3-3 14, Holiday 1-4 2-2 5, Casspi 7-13 2-4 17, Rabb 2-2 0-0 4, Green 4-11 4-6 14, Noah 2-4 0-0 4, Carter 3-9 0-1 8, Mack 5-10 0-0 11, Watanabe 0-1 1-4 1. Totals 37-95 17-25 101.

3-point goals — Mi 12-34 (Wilson 3-5, Brown 2-3, Bledsoe 2-7, Lopez 1-2, Connaughton 1-2, Hill 1-2, Brogdon 1-2, Ilyasova 1-6, Middleton 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-1, Smith 0-3), Me 10-31 (Gasol 2-4, Green 2-5, Carter 2-6, Holiday 1-2, Casspi 1-3, Mack 1-3, Conley 1-3, Jackson Jr. 0-1, Temple 0-4). Rebounds — Mi 50 (Antetokounmpo 11), Me 48 (Green 10). Assists — Mi 27 (Middleton 5), Me 29 (Mack 6). Total fouls — Mi 25, Me 15. Technicals — Mi coach (defensive 3 second), Noah. Att. — 14,921.

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