NBA regular season

Giannis, Bucks overpower Magic

Reuters
Giannis, Bucks overpower Magic

WIN STREAK. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks pick up steam with their third straight triumph.

Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Bucks win three straight games for the first time this season as Giannis Antetokounmpo submits a monster 30-20 double-double

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, Bobby Portis added a season-high 24 points with the help of 6 three-pointers, and the host Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic, 117-108, on Saturday, November 20 (Sunday, November 21, Manila time).

Antetokounmpo went 15-for-23 at the free throw line, while Portis also had 15 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. The Bucks won their third game in a row for the first time this season.

Orlando put together a 30-8 fourth-quarter run, closing within 107-101 on RJ Hampton’s steal and layup with 2:05 left. But Antetokounmpo’s dunk with one minute to go helped the Bucks get some breathing room, 111-101.

The Magic outscored Milwaukee 37-21 in the fourth quarter behind the play of their reserves, as Hampton scored 13 of his 19 points. He also finished with 9 assists.

Milwaukee’s three wins have come to start a five-game homestand, which continues with another matchup against Orlando on Monday. The Bucks also completed a back-to-back sweep that included Friday’s 96-89 win over Oklahoma City.

Orlando dropped a back-to-back set that began with Friday’s 115-113 loss to the host Brooklyn Nets.

Cole Anthony, Orlando’s leading scorer at 19.6 points per game, did not play Saturday due to a sprained right ankle after he had 16 points and 9 assists against Brooklyn.

Milwaukee made 12 three-pointers in the first half and finished 19-for-40 (47.5%) from beyond the arc. Seven Bucks players made triples, paced by Portis’ season-best 6-for-7 performance.

Grayson Allen scored 16 points, including making 4 treys. Khris Middleton added 13 points and 8 assists, one night after becoming Milwaukee’s all-time leader for made three-pointers, and Jrue Holiday and Pat Connaughton each scored 11 points.

Jalen Suggs posted 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists for Orlando, which finished 19-for-51 from three-point range, and Chuma Okeke contributed 13 points off the bench on 6-for-11 shooting.

Connaughton and Allen each scored 5 points during a 13-0 run that gave the Bucks a 29-14 lead with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. Milwaukee led by as many as 17 points early in the second quarter before Orlando narrowed the gap to 62-50 by halftime.

But the Bucks opened the second half with another 13-0 run, as Middleton hit a step-back jumper at the 8:05 mark for a 75-50 advantage.

The lead grew to 86-59 when Antetokounmpo spun into the lane and threw down a two-handed dunk. The Bucks outscored Orlando 34-21 in the third quarter for a 96-71 lead. – Rappler.com