NBA Game Recap - Milwaukee at Atlanta
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:30 PM EST

CLE
117
BOS
129
F
OKC
104
CHA
102
F(OT)
PHI
97
ORL
98
F
MIL
112
ATL
86
F
IND
112
MIA
113
F
PHO
96
GS
105
F

Milwaukee 112, Atlanta 86

Dec 27, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Milwaukee (28-5)

32

31

21

28

112

Atlanta (6-26)

19

21

23

23

86

Bucks cruise past Hawks without injured Antetokounmpo
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:00 PM

ATLANTA (AP) The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks had more enough depth and skill without without Giannis Antetokounmpo to overwhelm the league-worst Atlanta Hawks.

"I think this was a pretty complete game by our group," Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. "The defense stood out to me in the first half. I think (holding the Hawks to) 40 points at halftime gave us a nice cushion. We kind of could ride that out the rest of the game."

Khris Middleton scored 23 points, Ersan Ilyasova had season highs of 18 points and 17 rebounds and the Bucks overcame Antetokunmpo's absence to beat the Hawks 112-86 on Friday night.

Antetokunmpo, the league MVP last season and second-leading scorer this season, sat out because of back soreness. He watched from the bench as his teammates helped Milwaukee improve to 28-5 overall and 13-3 on the road.

The Hawks lost their ninth straight to drop to a league-worst 6-26. Guard Trae Young, the NBA's fourth-leading scorer, left with a right ankle sprain late in the second quarter. He had to be helped off the floor and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

"Who's stepping up? Who's the next man up?" Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. "Who do we insert in the lineup, who do we insert in rotation and can you impact the game? That's the only spirit we have. It's pro sports. You adjust and you do it."

Brook Lopez had 19 points for Milwaukee to match his season high.

Allen Crabbe led the Hawks with 20 points in a reserve role. Starting forward John Collins, Atlanta's second-leading scorer, finished with nine points and missed 10 of 14 shots from the field. He had a season-high 16 rebounds.

Ilyasova's 3 at the 6:25 mark of the third put the Bucks up 78-46. With his team trailing by 30 a couple of minutes later, Atlanta's DeAndre' Bembry stole the ball and missed a dunk.

The Bucks improved to 26-3 since Nov. 1 and are 2-0 without Antetokoumpo, who missed a Dec. 11 win over New Orleans with right quad tendon soreness.

Middleton, Lopez and Ilyasova, who started in Antetokounmpo's spot, sat out the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead.

Middleton scored a season-high 31 in a loss Wednesday night at Philadelphia.

"He's just a special player," Budenholzer said. "We get to see him every day. We're fortunate."

Middleton didn't mind filling the offensive void, but he hopes Antetokounmpo and injured guard Eric Bledsoe are back soon.

"Just trying to initiate the offense," Middleton said. "I'd much rather have my guys out there with me."

TIP-INS

Bucks: It was unclear before the game how time Antetokounmpo will miss. He wore a blazer and slacks and cheered from the bench. After the game, he grinned at a reporter who asked if he will play Saturday. "You'll have to ask the medical staff," he said. ... Bledsoe, the team's third-leading scorer, missed his seventh straight game with a right shin injury. Budenholzer said Bledsoe will be out the next game, too. ... Milwaukee is the only team to score at least 100 points in each game this season. The Bucks have hit the century mark in 57 straight.

Hawks: F Jabari Parker, the team's third-leading scorer, was out with a right shoulder impingement. ... C Alex Len missed the game with a left ankle sprain.

SERIES

Milwaukee has won 10 of its past 11 games against Atlanta and is 3-0 this season to wrap up its third straight season series win over the Hawks.

IN THE HOUSE

Floyd Mayweather Jr., whose boxer Gervonta Davis fights for the WBA's secondary lightweight title Saturday at State Farm Arena, watched the game from a courtside seat.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host Orlando on Saturday.

Hawks: At Chicago on Saturday.

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Leaders

Milwaukee PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
W. Matthews 0 29 1 4 0 1
D. Wilson 0 -6 2 3 0 0
Atlanta PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Turner 0 -4 2 2 0 0
C. Parsons 0 -11 1 1 0 1

Team Comparison

MIL ATL
Points For 112 86
Field Goals 46/91-51% 33/91-36%
Three Pointers 11/28-39% 12/41-29%
Free Throws 9/13-69% 8/14-57%
Offensive Rebounds 6 8
Defensive Rebounds 50 38
Rebounds 62 51
Blocks 8 8
Steals 9 10
Turnovers 18 18
Points Scored Off Turnovers 20 13
Points in the Paint 56 32
Fast Break Points 10 11
Personal Fouls 13 18
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - MIL Leads Series 3-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Nov 20 MIL 135 @ ATL 127 D. Wilson 2 D. Bembry 2
Wed Nov 27 ATL 102 @ MIL 111 V. Carter 3 R. Lopez 2
Fri Dec 27 MIL 112 @ ATL 86 T. Antetokounmpo 4 D. Jones 2

Game Information

Stadium: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 17,358
Game Time: 1:59