The Milwaukee Bucks won their sixth game in a row and Giannis Antetokounmpo had his sixth career 50-point game in a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Milwaukee struggled from the floor early and scored just 15 points in the first quarter. Los Angeles seemed to pull away in the third quarter, extending their lead to 21 points at one point. Giannis, however, willed himself and the team to victory with one of the best games of his career.
Giannis Led the Bucks to Victory
The performance that the two-time MVP put on to lead Milwaukee to victory was nothing short of astonishing. Overall, he shot 21-39 from the field (2-8 from three) and was 10-15 from the free throw line. Like the rest of the team, Antetokounmpo started off slow from the field. However, while the rest of the Bucks struggled from the floor for most of the night, the seven-time All-Star almost single-handedly brought them back from 21 points down to win the game.
Khris Middleton Continued to Shine Off the Bench
Three-time All-Star Khris Middleton is still playing on restricted minutes as he continues to come back from a knee injury this season. In 20 minutes of play against the Clippers, he was the second scoring option that the team needed him to be. Middleton scored 16 points on 6-14 shooting (2-6 from three).
The Clippers seemed to be able to score at will for most of the game. However, Milwaukee’s defense came to life half-way through the third quarter and remained stout until the game’s final buzzer. Wes Matthews displayed the clutch defense that the Bucks needed in the closing seconds of the game. Kawhi Leonard tried to penetrate to the basket to take the lead. Matthews, however, did not allow him access and forced him outside and into a bad shot without fouling.
Box Score: Milwaukee Bucks
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: 54 points, 18 rebounds, two assists
- Brook Lopez: six points, five rebounds
- Jrue Holiday: 12 points, four rebounds, eight assists
- Pat Connaughton: eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal
- Grayson Allen: four points, two rebounds
- Khris Middleton: 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists
- Jevon Carter: zero points, three rebounds, one assist
- Wesley Matthews: three points, one rebound, one steal
- Joe Ingles: three points, two rebounds, three assists
- George Hill: No stats recorded (one minute played)
Box Score: Los Angeles Clippers
- Kawhi Leonard: 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks
- Marcus Morris Sr.: 23 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals
- Ivica Zubac: 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal
- Paul George: 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals
- Terance Mann: eight points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal
- Nicolas Batum: zero points, four rebounds
- Norman Powell: 26 points, two rebounds
- Reggie Jackson: eight points, two rebounds, two assists, one block
- Robert Covington: two points, two rebounds
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