Antetokounmpo has triple-double as Bucks crush Heat 124-86
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2019 11:22 AM
Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots over Miami Heat's James Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
By Rich Rovito, Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Milwaukee Bucks cruised past the Miami Heat 124-86 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Eric Bledsoe had 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 16 for Milwaukee, which has won 13-of-16 dating to Dec. 14 (Dec. 15, PHL time). The Bucks improved to 31-12, second-best in the NBA.
Justise Winslow and Hassan Whiteside had 19 points apiece for Miami, which fell to 21-21.
Milwaukee used a 12-0 run midway through the second quarter to pull away. The Bucks led by 26 late in the period. Antetokounmpo had five points, eight rebounds and six assists in the first half.
The Bucks built a 31-point lead in the third quarter and held a 93-63 advantage heading to the fourth. Milwaukee's lead grew to as many as 38, the final margin, in the fourth as both teams turned to their reserves early.
The Bucks had a 13-2 run to close out the first quarter and grab a 30-23 lead despite shooting 39 percent. Whiteside had 10 points in the quarter for Miami.
Heat: Started a four-game trip and play 12 of their next 16 on the road. .Whiteside returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) game due to illness. . G Josh Richardson started after not participating in the team's practice on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) due to the knee tendinitis.
Bucks: Signed forward Bonzie Colson to a two-way contract. Colson has spent the 2018-19 season with the Canton Charge of the G league after going undrafted out of Notre Dame. . Brogdon missed just his third free throw in 88 attempts this season. ... All 13 players scored.
Heat: Visit Detroit on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Bucks: At Memphis on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), where Milwaukee has won just once since 2009.