Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Sixers, Davis looks rusty in return
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, 16 rebounds and six assists as the Milwaukee Bucks avoided a third consecutive loss with a 124-117 win over the under-manned Philadelphia 76ers.
Khris Middleton added 24 points, Bobby Portis had 23 and Brook Lopez 16 for the Bucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Jrue Holiday had 12 points and 11 assists for the Bucks, who improved to 36-22 on the season.
Milwaukee bolted out to a huge lead, making their first 10 shots of the game. They led by 17 points at the half, 77-60.
The Bucks drained 13 of their first 21 three-point attempts and finished with 20 threes on 40 attempts.
This was billed as a matchup of two top teams of the Eastern Conference, but Philadelphia is going through a rough patch.
They were missing Ben Simmons (illness) and Furkan Korkmaz (ankle) in losing their third straight.
“Philly is a team we might see in the playoffs,” said Antetokounmpo. “Everybody was locked in and came out with energy. It was a good test for us.
“Today was a playoff game for me, another step. We got to stay humble. We have been number one seed in the east, we just came up short the last two years.
“If we go in as the seventh seed or sixth or fifth it doesn’t matter. You got to beat the great teams in order to win a (title).
“If we get the number one seed great. If we don’t, we got to get better.”
Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 24 points. Shake Milton chipped in 20 and Tobias Harris had 18 in his first game back after being out with a sore knee.
The teams will face off again Saturday.
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