Bucks beat Dallas 116-106 for fifth straight win

Fiserv Forum continues to be very kind to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 31 points and 15 rebounds, the Bucks earned a fifth straight win with a 116-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Greek Freak also contributed five assists, while guard Eric Bledsoe chipped in 21 points and center Brook Lopez had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee actually trailed 59-57 at the half after an ugly second quarter that saw Dallas outscore the home team 33-22. But the Bucks buckled down in the third quarter on defense and then got 20 of their 35 points from Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe and Khris Middleton to take control.

Rookie Luka Doncic had a team-high 18 points for the Mavericks, and also picked up his first triple-double by getting 11 rebounds and handing out 10 assists.

The win pushed the Bucks to 34-12, giving them the best winning percentage in the NBA, while also owning a league-best 21-4 record at home.

After a few days off, Milwaukee will play host to the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday.

Bucks beat Orlando for fourth straight win

The Milwaukee Bucks continued their winning ways on Saturday night, earning a 118-108 victory at Orlando.

Eric Bledsoe scored a season-high 30 points and he did it efficiently. The point guard was 12 of 14 from the field, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. He also added seven rebounds and a couple assists as Milwaukee won for a fourth straight time.

Bledsoe was aided by 25 points and 13 rebounds from forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, while guard Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points and wing Khris Middleton had 15.

Orlando was paced by center Nickola Vucevic’s 27 points, with forward Terrance Ross adding 16 off the bench.

Milwaukee improved to a season-high 21 games over .500 at 33-12, giving the Bucks the best winning percentage in the NBA. It was also the 24th time this year they’ve won by at least 10 points, which is also the best mark in the league.

Next up for Milwaukee is a visit from Dallas on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Milwaukee back at the top of the Eastern Conference with win at Memphis

The Milwaukee Bucks are back at the top of the Eastern Conference thanks to a 111-101 win on Wednesday night in Memphis.

The game was not as close as the score indicated. Milwaukee trailed 59-58 with 8:09 left in the third quarter and had just seen Giannis Antetokounmpo sit with his fourth foul. But instead of the Grizzlies pushing the lead out with Milwaukee’s MVP candidate on the bench, the Bucks on the floor responded with a 33-14 run to end the period. That included 12 points from guard Eric Bledsoe and nine from forward D.J. Wilson. Milwaukee didn’t stop in the fourth quarter, eventually leading by 31 before Memphis made it a little more respectable.

Though he played just 22 minutes, Antetokounmpo finished with a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Bledsoe had 16 points and guard Sterling Brown added 11. Wilson scored a career-high 13 points.

Memphis was paced by 17 points from Omri Casspi.

It was Milwaukee’s 23rd win by double-digits this season, which leads the NBA. It was also a win that moved the Bucks into a virtual tie with Toronto for the top seed in the East and 5-2 in the second game of a back-to-back.

Milwaukee will not get a few days off before traveling to Orlando to face the Magic on Saturday night.

Bucks roll to 124-86 win over Miami

Milwaukee jumped out to a 24-point halftime lead and didn’t look back in a 124-86 whipping of Miami on Tuesday at Fiserv Forum.

Though he played just 25 minutes, Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up a triple-double, scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out 10 assists. It was his fourth triple-double of the season, which is the fifth-most in the NBA.

The big story of the night, though, was Milwaukee’s shooting from the outside. In the last meeting with the Heat, the Bucks shot just 9 of 43 from beyond the arc in a loss. On Tuesday, they were 17-for-39 and 10 of the 13 players that saw the court had at least one. That included guard Eric Bledsoe, who led the way with 17 points, while Malcolm Brogdon chipped 16 and Sterling Brown had 13.

In his first game at Fiserv Forum, former Marquette star Dwyane Wade scored nine points and had four assists in 22 minutes.

With the win, Milwaukee moved to 31-12 on the year and an Eastern Conference-best 20-4 record at home.

The Bucks will now hit the road for a trip to Memphis on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee hits 30 wins with a 133-114 victory at Atlanta

Giannis Antetokounmpo was back in the lineup and the Milwaukee Bucks got back in the win column.

After missing the loss at Washington with quad and hip injuries, the two-time All-Star returned against Atlanta in a 133-114 road victory on Sunday. The Bucks were +20 when Antetokounmpo was on the court and he finished with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win.

His efforts were backed by 17 points and 11 rebounds from wing Khris Middleton. It was his ninth career double-double. Guard Eric Bledsoe chipped in 24 points and 10 assists, while guard Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points.

The Hawks were paced by rookie Trae Young’s 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee improved to 30-12 on the year and sit 1.5 games back of Toronto for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks will return to Milwaukee on Tuesday night to face Miami.

Watch: Explosion collapses Bradley Center roof

The Bradley Center is no more. Well, at least the roof is no more.

Just before 9 a.m. on Sunday, demolition crews detonated charges that caved in the roof of the 30-year-old building.

The facility, which was once the permanent home of Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Admirals, Milwaukee Wave and Marquette basketball team, was no longer needed after the construction of Fiserv Forum. That building opened last fall and serves as the home arena for the Bucks and Golden Eagles, as well as hosting concerts and other events.

Officials say the complete demolition of the Bradley Center will be completed later this year.

Giannis still at the top of All-Star voting totals

Fans love Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The second round of voting numbers for the All-Star Game got released on Thursday and the Milwaukee superstar still owns the most votes among Eastern Conference players.

If the vote holds, Giannis will serve as one of the captains for the game and get to pick his team. Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James currently has the most votes of any Western Conference player, meaning he would be the captain opposite Giannis.

The All-Star appearance would be Giannis’ third of his career and it comes in a season where he’s putting up MVP-type numbers. It includes him averaging 26.6 points per game, while also putting up a career-high 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists.

None of the other Bucks’ players were among the top-10 vote getters at their positions.

Giannis, Bucks top Houston 116-109

Houston’s James Harden got his points, but it was Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo that got the win.

In a matchup of two of the main contenders for NBA MVP, it was the Bucks with a 116-109 victory on Wednesday night. Harden scored a game-high 42 points, but Giannis had 27 points and 21 rebounds to get Milwaukee in the win column. His final offensive rebound of the night came on a tip-in that gave the Bucks a 6-point lead with 39.1 seconds left.

It was the second 20-20 game of Giannis’ career and it came on a night when the guy averaging five dunks a game didn’t get one. He did, though, get to the free throw line a bunch and capitalized going 11-for-14. It included a pair of clutch shots with 25.4 seconds left that proved to be the dagger.

Giannis wasn’t alone, though. Guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points, while Sterling Brown gave them 13 points off the bench.

The win pushed Milwaukee’s record to 29-11, technically the top record in the NBA by a 1/2 game over 31-12 Toronto. The Bucks will now head to Washington where they’ll take on the Wizards on Friday.

Giannis with a triple-double in Bucks’ 129-115 win over Brooklyn

The Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 129-115 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday afternoon at Fiserv Forum, improving to a season-best 15 games above .500.

The home team struggled to miss in the first half, racking up 71 points, including 18 from center Brook Lopez. He finished with 24 points, 21 of which came on 3-pointers.

Star Giannis Antetokounmpo had his third triple-double of the season, scoring 31 points, dishing out 10 assists and grabbing 10 rebounds. Wing Khris Middleton had 29 points as he pulled himself out of a shooting slump by going 11 of 15 from the field, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

The Nets got 32 from guard Shabazz Napier off the bench. The guard had been averaging just 7.2 points coming into the game.

With the win, Milwaukee is now 25-10, the best record in the NBA. It was also its 16th home win of the year, tied with Philadelphia for the most in the league.

Saturday’s game was the second in a six-game homestand. The Bucks will welcome Detroit to Milwaukee on New Year’s Day.

Bucks 109, Knicks 95: Last word

NEW YORK — The Milwaukee Bucks used a big third quarter to pull away from the New York Knicks for a 109-95 win at Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day

Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Who else could it be? The Bucks two-time All-Star scored 30 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his Christmas Day debut. Using a variety of mid-range jumpers and his largely unstoppable game around the basket, Antetokounmpo gave a nationwide audience a glance at what makes him so special.

The good: Defense

For a third-straight game, Milwaukee held its opponent below 40-percent shooting from the field. The Knicks managed to hit just 36.5-percent of their shots, a significant change from the 53.1-percent they hit in their win over Milwaukee the last time the two teams met.

The not so good: Outside shooting

At one point on Tuesday the Bucks missed 17 straight 3-pointers and for the game they went 6-for-32 from beyond the arc. It continued a recent trend for a team that shoots — and has made — the second-most 3s in the NBA this year. Over the last seven games, Milwaukee has shot below 30-percent from deep four times.

Stat of the game: 5

That’s how many Bucks scored in double digits, including Thon Maker. He was extremely productive, getting 12 points in 15 minutes of action.

What they said:

“Yes. Hopefully we can play many more years to come. This is one of the highest stages. Special teams play on Christmas Day. It’s an opportunity for us. We’re really happy and it’s a big honor for us to represent the Milwaukee Bucks and the city of Milwaukee in a Christmas game.”

Antetokounmpo talking about how special it was to play on Christmas Day

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Antetokounmpo was asked about this play afterward. Here’s part of his response:

“I was so excited I went a little bit too high and I thought the rim was a foot taller. That’s why I missed it.

He later added, “Please tell the NBA to give me an assist.”

In Case You Missed It:

— The game marked the first time the Bucks played on Christmas Day since 1977.

— Antetokounmpo did not get an opportunity to get revenge on Mario Hezonja, who famously dunked and stepped over him the last time the two teams met. Henzonja was a healthy scratch.

— According to guard George Hill, the Bucks organization flew the families of players into New York to spend the holiday with them.

What’s next?

Milwaukee (23-10) heads home after a 2-1 road trip to face the Knicks (9-26) once again on Thursday at Fiserv Forum.