MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds before leaving because of an apparent lower leg trauma at the Milwaukee Bucks‘ 128-118 success within the LA Clippers during Thursday night that snapped Los Angeles’ six-game winning series.
Antetokounmpo went to a ground and pulled his right ankle after dunking the ball 7:46 left in the game, and he went to the bench and did not return. He also missed two games a week because of a sprain to exactly the identical ankle.
Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists as the Bucks (57-19) cut their magic number to two to clinch home-court advantage during the playoffs.
Sterling Brown, in the starting lineup with an Bucks’ rotation thinned with injuries, had 15 points.
“I was able to get to my location along with my mates were only finding me,” Middleton said.
The Bucks led 67-46 in halftime since Antetokounmpo had 23 points about 7-of-12 shooting.
LosAngeles went to an 8-1 run to start the second half, cutting its deficit to 14 and leading Bucks trainer Mike Budenholzer to contact a timeout.
The Bucks headed 79-69 prior to you go to a 9-2 run capped with a 3pointer by Pat Connaughton, putting them beforehand 88-71 with 2:49 left in the third quarter.
Middleton completed a four-point play in the quarter and had 13 points in the period as the Bucks took a 100-77 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Clippers: Veteran shield Patrick Beverley was outside because of the perfect hip pointer suffered in the Clippers’ 122-111 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday night. Bench stalwart Lou Williams was outside for rest. Coach Doc Rivers called Beverley”unstat-able” because his box score amounts do not necessarily do justice to his influence on the courtroom. Rivers pointed to a game in which Beverley didn’t score but had been plus-22 throughout his period on the court. “You can’t quantify what he does occasionally,” Rivers said. “He gives us our heart and our soul, without a doubt .” … Landry Shamet returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday’s game because of a left ankle injury. He will not return this year and will not be able to come back to basketball tasks for eight weeks.
Bucks: The NBA announced Thursday that the Bucks will probably face the Charlotte Hornets in Paris on Jan. 24, 20 20, signaling the first regular season league game in France. Milwaukee last played in Europe in January 2015 as it defeat the Ny Knicks in London. … Budenholzer said he would plan rest for players”day by day” the rest of the growing summer season. “I think being healthy is the most important thing,” he explained. “But playing well and using a fantastic rhythm is something we’re also speaking about and balancing.” Budenholzer said Snell was expected to be prepared for the playoffs. … Rookie shield Donte DiVincenzo will not play this season (heel bursitis). His total of games that are missed will soon be 43 as a result of injury/illness. “It is definitely not possible because of himwhat he’s going through,” Budenholzer stated. “But for the time being, this could be the ideal thing. Simply get him moving and healthy, and possess a excellent summer of development and continue on to a wonderful second calendar year .”
Clippers: Host Cleveland on Saturday afternoon.
Bucks: At Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.