Antetokounmpo, Middleton help Bucks beat Pacers 118-101
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 20, 2018 11:19 AM
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo loses control of the ball as Indiana Pacers forward Myles Turner (33) and forward Thaddeus Young (21) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
By Jim Hoehn, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Khris Middleton added 25 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 25 points, and Doug McDermott added 14.
The Bucks led 62-53 at the half and extended it to 93-76 entering the third quarter.
Milwaukee, which ranked 25th in the NBA last season with 24.7 3-point attempts per game, continued to fire away under new coach Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks were 17 of 47, with Antetokounmpo going 0 for 7.
Middleton had five 3-pointers, including a four-point play that put the Bucks up 111-88 with 5:03 remaining.
The Bucks were 14 of 34 beyond the arc in their 113-112 season-opening victory at Charlotte on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
The Bucks shook off a slow start en route to a 30-25 lead after one quarter, extending it to 62-53 at the half. Milwaukee took 26 of its 51 first-half shots from 3-point range, making eight.
Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first half.
FISERV FORUM ROCKS
The Bucks' regular-season home opener was squeezed in amongst a week of concerts at the new Fiserv Forum. Metallica played Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), followed by the Foo Fighters on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) and Eagles on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The court comes up again Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) for a show by Twenty One Pilots. The Bucks also were competing Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) with the Brewers-Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS at Miller Park.
Indiana: Hosts Brooklyn on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Bucks: Host New York on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).