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Giannis, Middleton gas Bucks’ large win over Knicks


Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks heads for the online as Nerlens Noel of the New York Knicks defends at Madison Sq. Backyard on December 12, 2021 in New York Metropolis.  (Getty Pictures through AFP)

LOS ANGELES – Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his first triple-double of the season and Khris Middleton scored 24 factors to guide the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks to a dominant 112-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo scored 20 factors with 10 rebounds and 11 assists. He and Middleton led seven Bucks gamers to attain in double figures within the wire-to-wire win.

Bobby Portis added 19 factors and Rodney Hood scored 14 off the bench for Milwaukee, who led 61-48 by halftime.

The Bucks out-scored the Knicks 46-30 within the paint and transformed 12 offensive rebounds into 22 factors.

The short-handed Knicks misplaced for the eighth time in 10 video games.

They’re 1-6 since coach Tom Thibodeau eliminated Kemba Walker from the rotation, and Walker once more didn’t play by coach’s determination despite the fact that Alec Burks was inactive for private causes and RJ Barrett and Obi Toppin had been unavailable in COVID-19 protocols.

Ahead Quentin Grimes, making his first NBA begin, led the Knicks with 27 factors. He set a Knicks rookie file with seven three-pointers on 13 makes an attempt.

He had come into the competition averaging 1.8 factors per sport in 13 appearances off the bench.

In the meantime veteran ahead Julius Randle struggled, coughing up seven turnovers and contributing simply eight factors.

New York made seven of 13 three-point makes an attempt within the third quarter, however the Bucks had been capable of douse any menace of a rally and the Knicks by no means received the deficit underneath 13 factors within the last interval.

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