Middleton shoots when Bucks blow away Warriors


Khris Middleton hit a game high of 31 points and the Milwaukee Bucks used brilliant shots from three-point range to gradually retreat from the visiting Golden State Warriors for a 138-99 win on Christmas Day.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in 4v14, but Middleton and four other teammates posted double-digit results as the Bucks quickly erased the bad taste of a last-minute loss with their first win of the season in Boston.

Stephen Curry had a team high of 19 points and rookie James Wiseman 18 for the Warriors, who were outperformed in their first two games with a total of 65 points.

Middleton made 6 out of 8 three-pointers, including two straights in a 19-7 bucks burst in the third period, which turned a competitive 72-64 game into a 20-point advantage.

Donte DiVincenzo and D.J. Augustin combined three three-point points in 13-point performances, while D.J. Wilson also hit three Treys to score all nine points for the Bucks, who were the NBA's most successful regular season team last year.

Jrue Holiday scored 12 points and six assists at team level, while Bobby Portis posted a double-double for Milwaukee with 10 points and 12 rebounds, the total of 54.9 percent and from beyond 20 to 37 (54.1 percent) shot the Ark.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have lost their first two games of the season

The Bucks also outperformed the Warriors 69-49, with Antetokounmpo adding 13 boards to his 15 points. Andrew Wiggins (12 points), Brad Wanamaker (11) and Jordan Poole (11) also had double-digit results for the Warriors, who shot a total of only 34.3 percent and with three pointers 10 to 45 (22.2 percent).

Wiseman, the number 2 in the draft, had eight rebounds and three blocks at team level. Antetokounmpo struggled in the first half, missing five of his six shots and seven of his eleven free throws, but the bucks still managed a 66:56 lead at break.

They never looked back and continued their dominance into the second half to recover from a 1-point loss to Boston in their opening game.

However, for the Warriors, who lost 26 points to Brooklyn on the opening night, this was another reminder of the work they faced this season.

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Steven Gregory