Giannis Antetokounmpo’s triple-double helps Bucks rip Warriors

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MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 factors and had his third triple-double of the season to assist Milwaukee rout the Golden State Warriors 118-99 on Thursday evening in Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer’s return from the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols.

Antetokounmpo had 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his twenty eighth profession triple-double.

Budenholzer missed 4 video games whereas within the well being and security protocols, with assistant Darvin Ham taking up as appearing head coach. The Bucks went 1-3.

Khris Middleton added 23 factors, Bobby Portis 20 and Grayson Allen 15.

Milwaukee by no means trailed and raced to a 77-38 halftime benefit. Antetokounmpo had 23 factors, seven rebounds and 7 assists within the first half.

The Bucks had been simply two factors shy of their largest halftime lead in franchise historical past, a document they set this season. Milwaukee led 77-36 on the half in a 123-92 victory over Orlando on Nov. 22.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, at centerGiannis Antetokounmpo (middle)Getty Images

Golden State outplayed the Bucks within the second half and diminished the deficit to 18 on Juan Toscano-Anderson’s 3-pointer with 9:39 left, however that’s as shut because the Warriors would get.

Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 16 factors. Jonathan Kumginga had 15, Stephen Curry 12 and Klay Thompson 11.

The Warriors didn’t have Draymond Green as a consequence of left calf tightness, which additionally saved him out of a loss at Memphis on Tuesday evening and brought about him to play lower than a minute Sunday in a victory over Cleveland.

Milwaukee was lacking guard Jrue Holiday for a fourth straight sport. Holiday sat out a Jan. 2 victory at Brooklyn whereas within the NBA’s well being and security protocols and has since sat out three video games with a sore left ankle.

The Warriors have suffered lopsided losses throughout every of their final two journeys to Milwaukee.

Last season, the Bucks beat the Warriors 138-99 in a Christmas Day matchup in entrance of no spectators at Fiserv Forum.

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