Giannis Antetokounmpo has already made a big difference to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Greek Freak scored the Bucks’ first 11 points, then assisted on their last five, as the Bucks took a 33-32 lead into the second quarter against the Miami Heat.
Returning after missing two games with a sprained right ankle, Antetokounmpo roared out of the gate. He opened the game with a 3-point play off a spin move where he showed no ill effects from the ankle injury he suffered Sunday.
Miami led, 32-28 when Antetokounmpo returned from a rest with 47 seconds left in the quarter. He quickly fed Sterling Brown down the court for a layup, then drove to the lane and kicked the ball out to Ersan Ilyasova, who drilled a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left.
Antetokounmpo’s 11 points lead the Bucks. Derrick Jones Jr. has eight to lead the Heat.
Sterling Brown and George Hill also returned for the Bucks. Brown had missed 10 games with a wrist injury. Hill sat out Wednesday’s loss with a sore groin.