Middleton has 24, Bucks send Grizzlies to 18th straight loss
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 13, 2018 10:46 AM
Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) struggle for control of the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 12, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
By Clay Bailey, Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 24 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20 and the Milwaukee Bucks sent the Memphis Grizzlies to their 18th consecutive loss with a 121-103 victory on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Brandon Jennings, signed to a 10-day contract by Milwaukee on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), finished two rebounds short of a triple-double with 16 points and 12 assists. Eric Bledsoe added 14 points, including a trio of baskets to stem a fourth-quarter Memphis rally.
Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 17 points, while Jarell Martin, Dillon Brooks and Ben McLemore scored 16 apiece.
Memphis, which trailed by as many as 19 in the third quarter, used its bench to push back into the game in the fourth. The reserves crafted a 14-3 run to pull within 97-91 with 6:34 left.
Bledsoe scored six of the Bucks' next eight points, then added an assist to Antetokounmpo, running the lead back to 12 with 4:09 left. That was enough of a buffer for the Bucks to claim their second straight win.
Jennings came in firing and providing a fast pace for the Bucks. He scored 11 points before halftime and also dished out nine assists, helping Milwaukee to a 64-50 lead at intermission.
Middleton had 15 points in the half to lead Bucks scorers.
Bucks: Middleton has reached double figures in 61 of 67 games this season and reached at least 20 points in 34 games. ... Shot 56 percent for the first half, including 53 percent from three-point range.
Grizzlies: Hit nine of their first 10 shots. ... Have lost seven straight at home. ... Brooks entered the game averaging 21.3 points in the previous four games. ... Used its 27th starting lineup of the season.
Bucks: Visit the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Grizzlies: Host Chicago on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) in the middle of a three-game homestand.