Antetokounmpo carries Bucks past Bulls

By Rex Neil Falogme

PHOTO: IND Blogger

Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a double-double performance to lead the Milwaukee Bucks in a 94-90 victory against the top-seeded Chicago Bulls at Fiserv Forum.

The reigning Finals MVP dropped 30 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes of playing time, enough to claim their 29th win this season which is the fourth-best record in the East.

Down by 4 in the last 10 minutes, the defending champs held the Bulls to just five points in the next five minutes to grab an 85-79 lead with 4:10 remaining.

The Bulls responded with a 5-0 counter run in the last two minutes to trim the lead to two, 92-90, but Khris Middleton sank both of his free throws with 15.8 seconds left that sealed the win for the Bucks.

Middleton finished the game with 16 points and 10 boards while Bobby Portis also contributed his own version of a double-double in their win with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

On the other hand, Demar DeRozan led all the Bulls with 35 points followed by Nikola Vucevic's 19 points and 11 rebounds.


TIP-INS:

Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony combined for 52 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers in a 116-105 win over the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.

Charlotte Hornets dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-98, behind Macal Bridges' double-double performance at Spectrum Center.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled Joel Embiid's 40-point night outing as they escaped the Philadelphia 76ers with a 102-101 victory at Wells Fargo Center.

Jusuf Nurkic dropped 29 points and 17 rebounds as the visiting Portland Trailblazer secured a win against the Boston Celtics, 109-105, at TD Garden.

Atlanta Hawks rely on their balanced scoring to upset the third-seeded Miami Heat with a 110-108 victory at Philips Arena.



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