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Bucks overcome Antetokounmpo's absence to beat Magic

MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton showed he can shoulder a big share of the load when the Milwaukee Bucks are without Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Middleton scored 21 points and NBA-leading Milwaukee overcame Antetokounmpo's absence for the second straight night, beating the Orlando Magic 111-100 on Saturday.

Antetokounmpo, the NBA MVP last season, also missed the Bucks' victory Friday in Atlanta because of back soreness.

''The ball is in his hands a lot, especially when we're bringing George (Hill) off the bench,'' Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said about Middleton. ''Khris is a quasi-point guard for us out there, putting him where he's making the reads and the decisions.

''To have a guy who is 6-7 and can shoot like that and make passes and reads, that's why he's an all-star.''

Middleton also had seven assists and five rebounds to help the Bucks improve to 29-5 overall and 16-2 at home.

Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova, starting in place of Antetokounmpo, had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Robin Lopez came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and Hill added 17 points. Starting center Brook Lopez had 10 points.

Fournier led Orlando with 23 points. Nikola Vucevic added 21 points and eight rebounds, and Jonathan Isaac had 19 points and nine rebounds and matched the franchise record with eight steals.

Ilyasova, normally a valuable member of the Bucks bench corps, has played well in three games as a starter when Antetokounmpo has been sidelined this season.

''He was balling. He was everywhere,'' Middleton said. ''The hustle plays, the rebounds, the shots, the assists. It is just energy. He has great hands; he has a great feel, a great knack for just getting open or finding the ball, some way, somehow. I guess that is why he has been in the league so long.''

Antetokounmpo's absence should not be much longer.

''He did some work earlier today and he's making progress,'' Budenholzer said. ''He's very close but not capable of going tonight. Hopefully, he'll return soon.''

Ilyasova hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to give the Bucks an 89-77 lead. The second one came after teammate Brook Lopez lost the ball. but Vucevic tapped it directly to Ilyasova, who immediately drilled the triple from the wing.

Brook Lopez blocked a shot by Vucevic a few minutes later, leading to a layup by Pat Connaughton and a 96-81 Milwaukee lead with 6:15 remaining. The Bucks outscored the Magic 33-26 in the fourth quarter.

Orlando edged Philadelphia on Friday night and stayed close to the Bucks for three quarters.

''Our starters did defend,'' Magic coach Steve Clifford said. ''It's pretty simple. Just look at the box score. Their bench guys played really well. They had more guys play well than we did.''

The Bucks reserves outscored the Magic bench, 51-28.

TIP-INS

Magic: Starting forward Aaron Gordon left the game in the third quarter with a left Achilles injury. ''I feel I might have been playing on it a little too long already,'' Gordon said. ''Now is the time I've got to get it taken care of. I just want to get healthy and come back and help my team.'' . Isaac tied the Magic record for steals in a game, one established by Nick Anderson in 1991 against Washington. . Reserve center Mo Bamba missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle and guard Michael Carter-Williams missed his third straight game with a sprained left shoulder.

Bucks: Point guard Eric Bledsoe (right fibula avulsion fracture) remains out after being hurt in a collision with teammate Wesley Matthews on Dec. 13 in Memphis. Budenholzer said Bledsoe might be able to get some 5-on-5 work in Sunday and ''is getting close also.'' . Milwaukee had a 57-35 rebounding advantage, including a nine-rebound night from Donte DiVincenzo and an eight-rebound performance from Connaughton.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host Atlanta on Monday night.

Bucks: At Chicago on Monday night.

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This story was first published on Dec. 29, 2019. It was updated on Dec. 29, 2019, to correct the score. The Bucks won 111-100, not 111-110.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Bad pass turnover on Ersan Ilyasova, stolen by Jonathan Isaac  
11:39 +2 Jonathan Isaac made dunk, assist by Markelle Fultz 2-0
11:24 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made jump shot, assist by Ersan Ilyasova 2-2
11:09   Markelle Fultz missed jump shot  
11:06   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
10:59 +2 Brook Lopez made floating jump shot, assist by Ersan Ilyasova 2-4
10:41   Aaron Gordon missed jump shot  
10:37   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
10:27   Khris Middleton missed turnaround jump shot  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
10:18   Jonathan Isaac missed driving layup  
10:11   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
10:11   Jonathan Isaac missed dunk  
10:11   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
10:07 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donte DiVincenzo 2-7
9:49   Evan Fournier missed floating jump shot  
9:49   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
9:42 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot 2-10
9:26   Bad pass turnover on Evan Fournier, stolen by Brook Lopez  
9:18   Lost ball turnover on Wesley Matthews, stolen by Jonathan Isaac  
9:08 +3 Aaron Gordon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nikola Vucevic 5-10
8:51   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
8:47   Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
8:41 +3 Nikola Vucevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markelle Fultz 8-10
8:18 +2 Brook Lopez made driving layup, assist by Wesley Matthews 8-12
8:09   Out of bounds turnover on Markelle Fultz  
7:58   Brook Lopez missed hook shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
7:47 +3 Nikola Vucevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jonathan Isaac 11-12
7:35   Donte DiVincenzo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:33   Offensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
7:33   Shooting foul on Jonathan Isaac  
7:33 +1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 11-13
7:33 +1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-14
7:20 +2 Aaron Gordon made dunk, assist by Nikola Vucevic 13-14
7:08 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 13-16
6:52   Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:49   Offensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
6:49 +2 Jonathan Isaac made dunk 15-16
6:38   Out of bounds turnover on Donte DiVincenzo  
6:38   Out of bounds turnover on Donte DiVincenzo  
6:25   Evan Fournier missed layup  
6:23   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
6:10 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made jump shot, assist by Donte DiVincenzo 15-18
5:47   Nikola Vucevic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:43   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
5:40   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:36   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
5:30 +2 Evan Fournier made floating jump shot 17-18
5:18 +2 Wesley Matthews made jump shot, assist by Donte DiVincenzo 17-20
5:18   Shooting foul on Jonathan Isaac  
5:18   Wesley Matthews missed free throw  
5:16   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
5:03   Bad pass turnover on George Hill, stolen by Jonathan Isaac  
5:03 +2 Evan Fournier made layup 19-20
5:03   Shooting foul on Pat Connaughton  
5:03 +1 Evan Fournier made free throw 20-20
4:38   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:35   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
4:29   Bad pass turnover on Evan Fournier, stolen by Brook Lopez  
4:24   Sterling Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:21   Offensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
4:19   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:17   Offensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
4:14   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:11   Offensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
4:09 +2 Sterling Brown made jump shot, assist by Pat Connaughton 20-22
3:49 +3 D.J. Augustin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Wes Iwundu 23-22
3:32 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot, assist by George Hill 23-24
3:32   Shooting foul on Wes Iwundu  
3:32   Robin Lopez missed free throw  
3:27   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
3:21 +2 D.J. Augustin made jump shot 25-24
3:07   Pat Connaughton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:04   Defensive rebound by Wes Iwundu  
2:57   Khem Birch missed floating jump shot  
2:54   Offensive rebound by Khem Birch  
2:54   Khem Birch missed dunk  
2:54   ORL team rebound  
2:54   Personal foul on Robin Lopez  
2:44   D.J. Augustin missed jump shot  
2:41   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
2:33 +2 Sterling Brown made driving layup, assist by George Hill 25-26
2:14   Wes Iwundu missed layup  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
2:06 +3 George Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Korver 25-29
1:51   Terrence Ross missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:51   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
1:34 +2 Robin Lopez made floating jump shot, assist by Pat Connaughton 25-31
1:34   Shooting foul on Khem Birch  
1:34 +1 Robin Lopez made free throw 25-32
1:12   Aaron Gordon missed jump shot  
1:08   Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
1:04 +2 Kyle Korver made jump shot 25-34
0:43   Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:39   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
0:35   Personal foul on D.J. Augustin  
0:35 +1 Pat Connaughton made 1st of 2 free throws 25-35
0:35   Pat Connaughton missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Khem Birch  
0:24   Khem Birch missed layup  
0:21   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
0:03 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot, assist by George Hill 25-37
0:00   Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   ORL team rebound  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40   Wes Iwundu missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:36   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
11:26   Ersan Ilyasova missed layup  
11:23   Defensive rebound by Khem Birch  
11:17   Aaron Gordon missed jump shot  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
11:02 +2 George Hill made jump shot 25-39
10:38   Shooting foul on Kyle Korver  
10:37 +1 Khem Birch made 1st of 2 free throws 26-39
10:37   Khem Birch missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
10:19 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot 26-41
9:52   Aaron Gordon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
9:43   Out of bounds turnover on Khris Middleton  
9:17 +2 Evan Fournier made finger-roll layup 28-41
9:04 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot, assist by Robin Lopez 28-43
8:47   Terrence Ross missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:43   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
8:33 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 28-46
8:09   Shooting foul on Kyle Korver  
8:09 +1 D.J. Augustin made 1st of 2 free throws 29-46
8:09 +1 D.J. Augustin made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-46
7:58   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
7:55   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
7:47 +3 D.J. Augustin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Fournier 33-46
7:26   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
7:12   Nikola Vucevic missed jump shot  
7:09   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
7:03 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 33-49
6:44   Evan Fournier missed jump shot  
6:41   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
6:23   Shooting foul on Markelle Fultz  
6:23   Wesley Matthews missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:23   MIL team rebound  
6:23 +1 Wesley Matthews made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-50
6:06   Traveling violation turnover on Jonathan Isaac  
5:54   Shooting foul on Nikola Vucevic  
5:54 +1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 33-51
5:54 +1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-52
5:42   Markelle Fultz missed jump shot  
5:39   Defensive rebound by D.J. Wilson  
5:26   Brook Lopez missed driving layup  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
5:13   Nikola Vucevic missed hook shot, blocked by D.J. Wilson  
5:11   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
5:11   Personal foul on Evan Fournier  
4:53   Brook Lopez missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Nikola Vucevic  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Markelle Fultz  
4:43   Markelle Fultz missed jump shot  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
4:37   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:32   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
4:28 +2 Markelle Fultz made layup, assist by Jonathan Isaac 35-52
4:13   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:11   Offensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
4:03   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
3:54   Shooting foul on Brook Lopez  
3:54 +1 Markelle Fultz made 1st of 2 free throws 36-52
3:54 +1 Markelle Fultz made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-52
3:41 +2 Brook Lopez made dunk, assist by Khris Middleton 37-54
3:28   Markelle Fultz missed driving layup  
3:25   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
3:21   Khris Middleton missed floating jump shot  
3:17   Defensive rebound by Evan Fournier  
3:09 +3 Nikola Vucevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Evan Fournier 40-54
2:43   Sterling Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Terrence Ross  
2:43   MIL team rebound  
2:43   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
2:32   Nikola Vucevic missed floating jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
2:15   Sterling Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:10   Defensive rebound by Aaron Gordon  
1:54 +3 Evan Fournier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrence Ross 43-54
1:32   Personal foul on Markelle Fultz  
1:30   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:26   Defensive rebound by Nikola Vucevic  
1:20 +3 Nikola Vucevic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markelle Fultz 46-54
0:53   George Hill missed floating jump shot, blocked by Aaron Gordon  
0:52   MIL team rebound  
0:53   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:43   Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:39   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
0:31   Pat Connaughton missed dunk, blocked by Aaron Gordon  
0:27   Offensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
0:27 +2 Brook Lopez made dunk 46-56
0:16   Bad pass turnover on Aaron Gordon, stolen by Brook Lopez  
0:01   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   MIL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43   Markelle Fultz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:39   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
11:24   Ersan Ilyasova missed layup  
11:21   Defensive rebound by Jonathan Isaac  
11:10   Aaron Gordon missed jump shot  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
11:00   Bad pass turnover on Khris Middleton, stolen by Jonathan Isaac  
10:58   Out of bounds turnover on Jonathan Isaac  
10:45   Bad pass turnover on Khris Middleton, stolen by Nikola Vucevic  
10:42   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
10:30   Jonathan Isaac missed jump shot, blocked by Ersan Ilyasova  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
10:23   Out of bounds turnover on Donte DiVincenzo  
10:15   Personal foul on Donte DiVincenzo  
10:07   Jonathan Isaac missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:03   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
9:52   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot