Giannis records triple-double as Bucks defeat Raptors in overtime, Nets’ 12-game streak ended by Bulls

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his second triple-double of the season as the Milwaukee Bucks lost a 21-point lead in the second half before a 104-101 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo finished the game with 30 points, making 7-of-18 shooting, hitting 15-of-21 from the free throw line, as well as 21 rebounds and 10 assists in one block.

The dominant display came in the second back-to-back game after his 55-point performance against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Antetokounmpo is the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to record 200+ points, 80+ rebounds and 30+ assists in five games.

The Greek striker drove to the basket and provided a crucial assist for Grayson Allen’s treble with 11.6 seconds left in overtime.

Allen had previously committed a flagrant 1 foul on a four-pointer as Gary Trent Jr. scored a three-pointer to tie the score at 97-92 with 29.1 seconds left. Trent also hit a jumping three-pointer from 27 feet to tie the game at 97–97, sending it into overtime.

The Raptors were plagued by poor shots in overtime as Antetokounmpo set up Allen twice to end the game.

Milwaukee led 90-69 with a score of 3:50 by the end of the fourth quarter before Toronto’s 28-7 was started by Fred VanVleet who finished with 28 points and 12 assists along with Trent Jr. with 22 points per game. Scottie Barnes scored 19 points, all in three quarters.

Brook Lopez had 19 rebounds and nine points for the Bucks, who missed Jrue Holiday (non-COVID) and Khris Middleton (knee).

The result improves the Bucks’ record to 25-13 and second place in the Eastern Conference, while the Raptors are in 12th place with a 16-22 record.

Nets winning streak ended by Bulls

The Brooklyn Nets’ 12-game win streak was broken by the Chicago Bulls 121-112 despite Kevin Durant’s 44 points.

Durant shot 15 of 22 from the field, including 5 of 10 from three-point range, but the Bulls had a rounded team effort with all five starters reaching double figures, led by Patrick Williams and DeMar DeRozan who both scored 22 points and seven rebounds.

Center Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds to help the Bulls 8-0 in the fourth quarter as Durant was rested and Ayo Dosunmu made a big dunk to make it 106-95 with 6:46 left.

Schroder leads the weak Lakers to victory

Dennis Schroder led the underperforming Los Angeles Lakers to a 112-109 lead against the Miami Heat, scoring 14 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers, without LeBron James (non-COVID) and Anthony Davis (leg), were also helped by Russell Westbrook with 21 points, nine assists and eight rebounds from the bench. Thomas Bryant also scored 21 points.

LA struggled with a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter, despite Bam Adebayo’s 30 points and 13 rebounds, as well as Jimmy Butler’s 27 points.

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