EditorsNote: fixes “DeAndre’ Bembry” in fifth graf; fixes “11 more” in eighth graf
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 11 rebounds, pacing the Milwaukee Bucks to a 135-127 win over the host Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
It was the ninth time that Antetokounmpo has had 30 points and 10 rebounds in a game this season, tops in the NBA. He has accomplished the feat in eight of his past nine games. Antetokounmpo shot 12-for-17 from the field but only 1-for-6 on 3-point attempts.
The Bucks have won five straight and nine of their past 10, and they completed a 3-0 road trip Wednesday. Milwaukee has won eight of its past nine meetings with the Hawks.
Eric Bledsoe added 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Bucks.
Atlanta tried to rally in the fourth quarter by scoring 44 points. The Hawks used a 13-1 run to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 126-119 with 2:10 left on a basket by DeAndre’ Bembry. But Milwaukee’s Sterling Brown emerged from a timeout to hit a 3-pointer and re-establish a double-digit lead.
The Hawks never again got closer than seven.
The loss was the fourth straight for Atlanta, which returned home after going 1-4 on a West Coast road trip.
Atlanta was led by rookie De’Andre Hunter, who scored a career-high 27 points — 11 more than his previous best — and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. He was perfect on three 3-point attempts.
Trae Young added 25 points and eight assists, and rookie Cam Reddish scored a career-high 17 points.
Milwaukee wasted an early 10-point lead but was on top 34-26 after one quarter. Rookies Hunter and Reddish subsequently paced the Hawks to a 61-58 halftime lead. Milwaukee scored 38 points in the third quarter for a 96-83 lead.
Milwaukee completes a back-to-back by playing at home on Thursday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Atlanta plays again on Friday when it visits the Detroit Pistons.
—Field Level Media