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Defense clamps down as Bucks turn game around in second

After allowing 38 first-quarter points, the Milwaukee Bucks clamped down in a great second quarter and take a 63-54 lead over the Chicago Bulls into halftime.

The Bucks outscored the Bulls, 38-16, in the second quarter after a completely flat first period.

With Giannis Antetokounmpo resting a sore knee tonight, Malcolm Brogdon paced the offense early in the second period, and Khris Middleton led the way late in the period.

Brogdon scored nine points in the first 4:09 of the period as the Bucks offense got rolling after a poor first period.

Middleton scored nine points in the last 1:14 of the period, including a pair of 3-pointers. He drove hard to the basket to earn two free throws with 29.3 seconds left after Zach Lavine’s miss with 36 seconds left. Middleton’s hurry-up play meant the Bucks would get one last possession, and he cashed that in with a 3-pointer.

Middleton leads the Bucks with 16 points, and Brogdon has 13.

Lauri Markkanen leads Chicago with 20 points, and Robin Lopez and Lavine each have 10.

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