Antetokounmpo’s 33 leads Bucks by Bulls
Milwaukee 115 Chicago 101
CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo showed off a couple of scratches on his hands and arms. The leader of the Milwaukee Bucks was whistled for five offensive fouls, but finished the game on the floor.
The Chicago Bulls tried everything against the NBA MVP. Nothing worked.
Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Bulls 115-101 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.
“I’m just going to keep trying to go downhill, keep trying to go through guys,” said Antetokounmpo, brushing off the foul trouble. “I’m really happy that they’re offensive fouls and they’re not dumb fouls and all that.
“Usually in the games like this that I get offensive fouls, I know that I’m aggressive. … So I’m happy with that.”
Brook Lopez added 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots as Milwaukee won for the eighth time in nine games. The Bucks also beat the Bulls 124-115 on Thursday in Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo was 13 for 22 in his 13th consecutive double-double to begin the season. It’s the longest active streak in the NBA.
“They have a guy they can go to who can get the bucket,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “That’s what good teams have. I’ve been on those teams. We’re figuring out who that guy is.”
Daniel Gafford led Chicago with 21 points in his return from the G League. Coby White had 13, and Ryan Arcidiacono finished with 12.
The Bulls got a season-high 63 points from their reserves, but Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen struggled. LaVine finished with 11 points on 4-for-16 shooting, and Markkanen had nine on 2-for-12 shooting from the field.
“Shooters, all the players go through slumps,” said Markkanen, who is shooting just 36.2% this season. “Everybody’s broken through it at some point. When I’m staying confident, believing every shot’s going in, I know it’s going to turn around.”
White made consecutive 3-pointers to give Chicago a 99-98 lead with 6:23 left, but Milwaukee closed the game with a 17-2 run.
Antetokounmpo got it started with a slick reverse layup. Eric Bledsoe then converted a three-point play to make it 103-99 with 5:04 left.
George Hill finished with 18 points for Milwaukee, which improved to 7-2 on the road. Donte DiVincenzo scored 15 in his third consecutive start in place of Khris Middleton, who is out with a bruised left thigh.
TRAIL BLAZERS 108
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook had 28 points and a triple-double, and Houston coasted an eighth straight win.
DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored a career-high 42 points in his sixth triple-double and Dallas sent San Antonio to its sixth straight loss.
CELTICS 99, SUNS 85
PHOENIX (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 26 points, Kemba Walker added 19 and Boston beat Phoenix.
CLIPPERS 90, THUNDER 88
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul George hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left, lifting Los Angeles over Oklahoma City to improve to 8-1 at home.
T-WOLVES 112, JAZZ 102
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had seven 3-pointers and 29 points, and Minnesota handed Utah its first home loss.
RAPTORS 132, HORNETS 96
TORONTO (AP) — OG Anunoby scored a career-high 24 points before being poked in the right eye for the second time in four games and Toronto routed Charlotte.
PACERS 115, NETS 86
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Holiday had career highs with 24 points and 13 assists, and Indiana cruised over Brooklyn.
KNICKS 123, CAVS 105
NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle scored 30 points, Marcus Morris Sr. added 23 for New York.