12/06 21:45 CST Antetokounmpo scores 27 on 27th birthday, Bucks win 112-104
Antetokounmpo scores 27 on 27th birthday, Bucks win 112-104
By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) --- Giannis Antetokounmpo came back from a two-game absence and
scored 27 points on his 27th birthday to help the Milwaukee Bucks defeat the
Cleveland Cavaliers 112-104 on Monday night.
The two-time MVP also had 12 rebounds in his return from a sore right calf as
the Bucks won for the 10th time in 11 games. Milwaukee split the two games it
played without Antetokounmpo, losing 97-93 at Toronto and rolling to a 124-102
home victory over Miami.
Milwaukee broke a 29-all tie with seven straight points early in the second
quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the way, though Cleveland made the Bucks
work for it.
After trailing by as many as 13, the Cavaliers got the margin down to two in
the fourth quarter. Cedi Osman missed a 3-point attempt with 6:14 left that
would have given Cleveland its first lead since late in the first quarter.
Jrue Holiday then hit a 3-pointer on the other end to extend the Bucks' lead to
101-96 with 6:04 remaining.
Milwaukee's lead didn't drop below five the rest of the way.
Holiday had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Khris Middleton
provided 21 points and eight assists. Pat Connaughton scored 12, and Bobby
Portis had 10 points and 16 rebounds.
The Bucks are undefeated this season when Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Holiday
are all in the lineup.
Jarrett Allen led the Cavaliers with 25 points and nine rebounds while shooting
10 of 12. Lauri Markkanen scored 20, Kevin Love 15, Evan Mobley 12 and Darius
Milwaukee has beaten the Cavaliers eight straight times. The Bucks are 43-4
against Central Division opponents since Mike Budenholzer took over as coach in
Cavaliers: Garland entered the night having scored more than 30 points in each
of his last two games, but he cooled off Monday and shot just 3 of 12. ...
Allen was one rebound shy of his eighth consecutive double-double. ... The
Cavaliers were playing one night after a 109-108 loss to Utah that snapped a
four-game winning streak.
Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo was briefly assigned to the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks'
NBA G League affiliate, to get some practice sessions as he works his way back
from a torn left ankle ligament. DiVincenzo hasn't played since injuring the
ankle in a first-round playoff series against Miami last season. Budenholzer
said DiVincenzo "continues to do well and probably exceed our expectations" but
didn't offer a timeline for the former Villanova star's potential return. ...
George Hill missed a second straight game due to hyperextension in his right
Cavaliers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
Bucks: At the Miami Heat on Wednesday in the first of four straight road games.
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