WASHINGTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 parts, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his third consecutive triple-double to lead the Milwaukee Bucks previous the Washington Wizards 133-122 Monday evening for his or her fourth consecutive victory.
The Bucks pulled away slack after letting a 26-level, third-quarter lead spin to 5 midway thru the fourth. When the Wizards obtained within seven within the final minutes, Antetokounmpo scored the subsequent four parts to invent it a double-digit sport again.
“I’m now no longer Kobe,” Antetokounmpo said. “I true strive to be a basketball participant. I don’t search on the clock and stammer, ‘Oh now we are up two or we’re down two, let me grab over the game.’ No, I true invent the cultured resolution on the cultured 2nd. Generally it’s going to be get, in most cases it’s going to be lunge.”
Antetokounmpo mixed for 64 parts, 26 rebounds and 21 assists within the two-sport sequence at Washington that Milwaukee swept. The abet-to-abet NBA MVP additionally had 24 parts, 10 rebounds and 10 assists within the first triple-double of this toddle in opposition to the Unique York Knicks final week.
“He’s been in a true establish mentally,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “The fashion he’s taking half in and extending for others and extending for himself and getting to the free throw line, he’s in a true establish. He’s taking half in gigantic basketball.
Antetokounmpo grew to change into the third participant this season with a triple-double in three video games in a row, joining Washington’s Russell Westbrook, who did it twice, and Miami’s Jimmy Butler. His seventh occupation 30-level triple-double passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for potentially the most in team historical previous, and he’s the first Bucks participant to indulge in three triple-doubles in a row.
“It’s now no longer always about scoring,” Antetokounmpo said. “You may maybe presumably be ready to manipulate the game in varied techniques: passing, finding your teammates, inserting them within the cultured deliver.”
The Bucks kept tempo with Eastern Conference-main Philadelphia and are now two video games abet with Brooklyn in between.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 37 parts after sitting out Saturday to leisure a sore left knee. Russell Westbrook had 23 parts and a season-high 17 assists.
“We were true taking some precautionary measures,” Beal said. “The knee feels extra special better, my total body feels gigantic. I felt refreshed and rejuvenated tonight.”
Washington has lost four in a row, main coach Scott Brooks to order: “It’s no relaxing losing. There’s no Cs or Bs esteem I worn to always derive. You both derive an A otherwise you derive an F, and need to you lose it’s an F.”
ALMOST BLOWN LEAD
Washington has had a penchant for coming abet and constructing short this season. Budenholzer praised the Wizards for clawing abet, although the Bucks had plenty of unforced errors to pave the formulation to a first rate sport.
“I felt esteem presumably we weren’t as focused as we wished to be at that level when we went up,” he said. “I believed we had some sloppy defensive possessions, some sloppy offensive possessions and then they took fair correct thing about it.”
Every Milwaukee participant who obtained on the court scored, and 7 reached double figures.
“No one settled true to derive a shot up,” said Khris Middleton, who rebounded from a 1 for 5 originate to get 23. “We designate we indulge in got many substitute matchups we are in a position to transfer to.”
Bucks: Brook Lopez scored 22 parts and had four blocks in a single other sport in opposition to twin brother Robin. … Axel Toupane used to be indolent the day after signing a two-formulation contract.
Wizards: Davis Bertans (aesthetic calf tightness) and Neto (left rib contusion) were cleared to play about an hour sooner than tipoff after being opinion of questionable. Bertans made three of his 5 3-level attempts to total with 9 parts, although Brooks opinion the 28-year-extinct forward “struggled” and labored at cases. … Rui Hachimura scored 22 parts on 9-of-18 shooting and made a occupation-high four 3-pointers.
Bucks: Take a look at with the 76ers on Wednesday within the groups’ first assembly this season.
Wizards: Host the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday within the third of a 5-sport residence stand.
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