Bucks overtake Thunder, who squeezes at the end

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 21 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks endured a reaction attempt from Oklahoma City to beat the Thunder 96-89 on Friday.

Milwaukee was never down on the scoreboard, but it almost allowed Oklahoma City to come back from a 20-point deficit.

Oklahoma City cut Milwaukee’s lead to 84-82 on a 3-pointer by Kenrich Williams with 8:01 left. The Thunder players missed several shots in the fourth period that would have tied the game or given the lead, the last when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed a 3-pointer with 49 seconds to play.

Antetokounmpo extended Milwaukee’s lead to 93-89 with 28.7 seconds remaining. The Thunder did not score again.

Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks. Khris Middleton added 16 points, George Hill 12, Grayson Allen 11 and Jrue Holiday 10.

Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 17 points. Josh Giddey and Mike Muscala each got 14. Luguentz Dort and Ty Jerome had 10 points per head.

Middleton had a long shot in the first minute of the game to reach 1,052 3-pointers in his career with the Bucks to displace Ray Allen as the franchise leader. Allen holds the NBA record with 2,973 3s during a career that included passes by Seattle’s SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

The Thunder missed coach Mark Daigneault, who accompanied his wife to the upcoming birth of their first baby. Assistant coach Dave Bliss is filling in as head coach in the absence of Daigneault.


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