Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Khris Middleton added 17 points and eight assists as the Bucks snapped their three-game losing streak with a workmanlike victory over the depleted defending NBA champions, who are still without LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
“I think it was important because the starters hadn’t played well for the last two games,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They have high standards, high expectations of each other. They’ve set the bar high. We need to come out play well, play hard. There was a little bit of that tonight.”
The Bucks were coming off a 3 game losing streak and bounced back with a solid victory. Jrue Holiday had a great game scoring 28 points. The Bucks are still hurt on their bench with Portis being out for safety protocols with Covid. PJ Tucker is still out with a calf injury. Either way the Bucks need to get healthy for this last stretch of the season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and his two brothers shared the court for 52 seconds late in the fourth quarter. Thanasis Anetokounmpo Giannis’ teammate with the Bucks, while Kostas Antetokounmpo is a Lakers reserve. This was a great momont for the brothers all being on the court at the same time. Giannis said after the game “this was his favorite moment in his NBA career.”
Overall, the Bucks are poised to finish as a top 3 seed in the eastern conference which is big to get home court advantage in the playoffs.