CHICAGO – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 factors and had 17 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe extra 19 factors, and the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the pesky Bulls, 112-99, on Monday night.
Malcolm Brogdon extra 17 factors, and Khris Middleton had 16 to assistance league-top Milwaukee earn for the seventh time in eight online games and strengthen to 13-2 about its earlier 15.
Antetokounmpo recorded his 39th double-double of the year in his return just after sitting down out his fourth activity of the year Saturday, towards Orlando in Milwaukee, for the reason that of proper knee soreness. The Bucks had their cheapest scoring output of the year in that one as their 6-activity winning streak finished in a 103-83 reduction to the Magic.
Zach LaVine concluded with 27 factors just after scoring 17 in the 1st 50 %, and Lauri Markkanen had 20 factors and 17 rebounds to assistance the Bulls continue to be near right up until the conclusion. Otto Porter Jr., acquired final week from Washington, extra 18 factors in his third activity with the Bulls, but they misplaced for the fourth time in five online games and dropped to 3-18 in their earlier 21.
Milwaukee created a 100-86 direct halfway via the fourth quarter, but the Bulls’ 11- operate late in the quarter slice the Bucks’ advantage to 3 factors with considerably less than 3 minutes left. The Bucks concluded the activity with a 12-2 spurt to seal the earn.
The Bucks’ ball management wasn’t at its best as they committed 17 turnovers.
Milwaukee led, 22-21, just after one quarter and a sluggish commence for both groups, with the Bulls producing nine of 28 shots from the ground and the Bucks hitting eight of 24. Antetokounmpo place the Bucks in front in the final seconds on a free toss to total a 3-level perform.
Milwaukee attempted to decide on up the rate in the 2nd quarter but could not sustain it to pull absent. The Bucks opened an eight-level direct halfway via the quarter, but LaVine and Markkanen arrived on and served the Bulls trim Milwaukee’s direct to 50-49 at the 50 %.
Milwaukee opened the 2nd 50 % with a 15-4 operate for a 12-level direct, but the Bulls replied with an 11-2 spurt to continue to be near. The Bucks led, 79-71, just after 3 quarters.
Bulls: The Bulls recalled guard Rawle Alkins from the Windy Metropolis Bulls and despatched Brandon Sampson back to the G League team. Alkins didn’t perform. … Kris Dunn fell tricky just after lacking a driving layup late in the third. He stayed in the activity briefly, then left for the locker space.
Bucks: Requested about Antetokounmpo’s bothersome knee ahead of the activity, mentor Mike Budenholzer stated, “Hopefully we’ll be equipped to preserve him in a good spot heading forward.” The “Greek Freak” had 29 factors in a earn at Dallas on Friday ahead of sitting down out Saturday’s activity. … Ahead Nikola Mirotic, acquired from New Orleans in a 3-team trade on final Thursday, sat out a 2nd activity with the Bucks as he recovers from a proper calf pressure. “We’re just getting Niko type of day-by-day,” Budenholzer stated. “We’ve got one far more activity (ahead of the All-Star split) on Wednesday, and we’ll see if he’s ready to go. If he’s not, the silver lining is we have the All-Star split and very well just keep on to function with him and get him into a good spot.” … Guard George Hill was kneed in the groin by Porter Jr. in the 2nd quarter and crumpled in ache, but returned.
Bucks: At Indiana on Wednesday, then have eight days off about the All-Star split ahead of hosting Boston on Feb. 21.
Bulls: Host Memphis on Wednesday, then resume motion on Feb. 22 at Orlando.