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Middleton, Mirotic help Bucks to 61-58 lead over Lakers at half

The three-pointers still aren’t falling, but Nikola Mirotic, Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks are doing enough inside the arc to lead the Los Angeles Lakers, 61-58, in a game missing some star power.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is sitting out for the Bucks with a sprained ankle, and LeBron James is sitting out for the Lakers with a sore groin.

Mirotic and Middleton lead the Bucks with 15 points each, but the two have combined to go just 2 for 9 on 3-point attempts. Mirotic is 1 for 5 on 3-pointers, but 5 for 6 inside the arc. Middleton is 1 for 4 on threes but 5 of 8 on two-point shots.

The Bucks led by as many as 13 early in the second quarter, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went off for 21 of his 23 points in the second quarter. He made 8 of 10 shots, including 5 of 8 3-pointers.

As a team, the Bucks have made just 6 of 24 from beyond the arc.

Brook Lopez, who played for the Lakers last season, has chipped in 12 for the Bucks, going 2 for 4 on 3-pointers.

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