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Antetokounmpo, Middleton lead Bucks to 18th straight win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo displayed his remarkable skills early and often as the Milwaukee Bucks continued their quest to break a franchise record that has stood for nearly half a century.

The reigning MVP sank a 3-pointer for his first points of the game, then followed with a spinning layup, a wide-open dunk and a step-through slam for nine quick points to give Milwaukee an early lead.

And when the Cleveland Cavaliers made it close in the second quarter, Antetokounmpo streaked down the court, received a feed from Donte DiVincenzo and threw down a one-handed dunk as the Bucks began to pull away.

Antetokounmpo and the Bucks went on to beat Cleveland 125-108 Saturday night, their 18th consecutive win.

''You can try to game plan for Giannis and you can try to game plan for a team like that, but they're very long, they can shoot the ball and they can play inside out,'' Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said. ''They are on a major winning streak right now and they're playing some of the best, if not the best, basketball in the NBA.''

The Bucks have won 22 of their last 23 and improved to 24-3, one-half game ahead of the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the best record in the league. The Bucks have not lost since Nov. 8 at Utah.

The streak is the second longest in franchise history. The Bucks won 20 consecutive games in the 1970-71 season on the way to winning their lone NBA championship.

''When we run and our pace is really fast, everyone gets easy ones, and everyone gets open shots,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''It just makes the game fun. And when the game is fun, I think everyone defends, also.''

Kevin Porter Jr. had 15 points and Jordan Clarkson scored 13 for the Cavaliers, who grabbed a brief lead in the second quarter on a jumper by Clarkson but were then outscored 34-14 to close the period.

The Bucks' lead grew to as many as 28 points in the third quarter, and they cruised the rest of the way for their 13th straight win at home.

''They're explosive in offensive transition,'' Cleveland coach John Beilein said. ''We have to do a better job there collectively. That lead can explode on you in a minute.''

Cleveland, which had ended an eight-game losing streak with an overtime win over San Antonio on Thursday night, committed 18 turnovers that the Bucks converted into 21 points.

''Our turnovers are killing us right now,'' Beilein said.

Love had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.

Antetokounmpo, who missed his first game of the season Wednesday night against New Orleans, played just 24 minutes, while Middleton, who had 26 points on Friday night, played 23.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Dylan Windler is being re-evaluated for a stress reaction in his left leg. The team's first-round pick this year has yet to play for Cleveland. ''He really could give us a spark right now,'' Beilein said. ''I really feel bad for him. We'll let him go dormant for a couple weeks, see if it's nothing.'' ... Ten players scored in the first half, but none reached double figures. Thompson and Darius Garland each had eight. ... John Henson, who hadn't made a 3-pointer this season, connected on back-to-back shots from deep in the fourth quarter.

Bucks: Eric Bledsoe has been diagnosed with a right fibula avulsion fracture and is expected to be sidelined for about two weeks, the team announced after the game. Bledsoe limped off the court in the third quarter of Friday's game at Memphis. Donte DiVincenzo, who started in Bledsoe's place, had 15 points. ... Ten players saw action in the first quarter. ... Coach Mike Budenholzer challenged a blocking foul call on Ersan Ilyasova with 18.2 seconds left in the third and Milwaukee leading by 25. The call stood. ... Robin Lopez had a season-high 16 points. ... A member of the Rim Rockers, a team of daredevils who perform at Bucks home games, was injured during a halftime show. The man crawled off the court before being immobilized and was carried away on a stretcher by emergency medical personnel.

FINDING MOTIVATION

Budenholzer said players have found their own motivation during the lengthy win streak.

''I'm not a big motivator,'' he said. I think (general manager) Jon (Horst) and the front office, we try to find guys that are competitive and self-motivated because I'm probably terrible at (motivating). We need guys that just bring it every night on their own.''

BACK-TO-BACK SUCCESS

The Bucks improved to 4-0 this season in the second of back-to-back games.

''Obviously, we are off to a pretty good decent start, so there's a lot of positives that are happening regardless of what the day is,'' Budenholzer said.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Visit Toronto on Monday for the teams' first meeting this season.

Bucks: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. Milwaukee has won three in a row in the series.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:46 +2 Khris Middleton made driving layup 0-2
11:20   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
11:11 +2 Khris Middleton made turnaround jump shot 0-4
10:54   Cedi Osman missed floating jump shot  
10:50   Offensive rebound by Darius Garland  
10:41   Darius Garland missed floating jump shot  
10:38   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
10:32   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:28   Defensive rebound by Darius Garland  
10:18   Cedi Osman missed jump shot  
10:16   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
10:11 +2 Tristan Thompson made hook shot, assist by Kevin Love 2-4
9:56 +3 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 2-7
9:40   Cedi Osman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
9:26 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made finger-roll layup 2-9
9:13   Lost ball turnover on Collin Sexton, stolen by Donte DiVincenzo  
9:05   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:01   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
8:53 +2 Collin Sexton made jump shot 4-9
8:41   Personal foul on Tristan Thompson  
8:32 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 4-11
8:17   Darius Garland missed jump shot  
8:14   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
8:14   Tristan Thompson missed dunk  
8:13   Offensive rebound by Collin Sexton  
8:04   Kevin Love missed fade-away jump shot  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
7:55   Khris Middleton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:52   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
7:36 +2 Kevin Love made jump shot 6-11
7:25 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made alley-oop shot, assist by Khris Middleton 6-13
7:04   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
6:54 +2 Tristan Thompson made hook shot, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 8-13
6:40   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:38   Out of bounds turnover on Kevin Love  
6:25   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:21   Defensive rebound by Collin Sexton  
6:13   Lost ball turnover on Collin Sexton, stolen by Wesley Matthews  
6:07 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Khris Middleton 8-15
5:49 +3 Matthew Dellavedova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tristan Thompson 11-15
5:38   Bad pass turnover on George Hill, stolen by Collin Sexton  
5:31   Collin Sexton missed driving layup  
5:26   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
5:26 +2 Tristan Thompson made dunk 13-15
5:17   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
5:13   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:03   Matthew Dellavedova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:59   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
4:56 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 13-17
4:38   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Wesley Matthews  
4:23   Sterling Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:20   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
4:14   Matthew Dellavedova missed driving layup  
4:13   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
4:11   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
4:09   Defensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
3:54   George Hill missed driving layup  
3:50   Offensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
3:50   Robin Lopez missed dunk  
3:49   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
3:41   Robin Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:38   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
3:23   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:20   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
3:12 +3 Ersan Ilyasova made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pat Connaughton 13-20
2:53   Kevin Love missed jump shot  
2:51   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
2:34 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot 13-22
2:18   Kevin Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:15   Defensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
2:07   Pat Connaughton missed layup, blocked by John Henson  
2:04   Defensive rebound by Darius Garland  
2:02   Kevin Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01   CLE team rebound  
1:50 +3 Kevin Porter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 16-22
1:32   Sterling Brown missed jump shot  
1:29   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
1:22 +2 John Henson made dunk, assist by Darius Garland 18-22
1:06   Personal foul on John Henson  
0:58   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:55   Offensive rebound by Ersan Ilyasova  
0:51   Sterling Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:49   Offensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
0:49   Shooting foul on Kevin Porter  
0:49 +1 Ersan Ilyasova made 1st of 2 free throws 18-23
0:49 +1 Ersan Ilyasova made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-24
0:37   Jordan Clarkson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:34   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
0:26   Ersan Ilyasova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:22   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
0:07 +2 Jordan Clarkson made floating jump shot 20-24
0:01 +2 George Hill made layup 20-26
0:00   Larry Nance Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   CLE team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Darius Garland missed floating jump shot  
11:45   Offensive rebound by John Henson  
11:37 +3 Darius Garland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Porter 23-26
11:15   Shooting foul on Kevin Porter  
11:15   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:15   MIL team rebound  
11:15   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
11:00   Kevin Porter missed driving layup, blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:57   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
10:54 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. jump shot 23-29
10:40   Shooting foul on Brook Lopez  
10:40   Shooting foul on Brook Lopez  
10:40 +1 Kevin Porter made 1st of 2 free throws 24-29
10:40 +1 Kevin Porter made 2nd of 2 free throws 25-29
10:22 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made driving layup 25-31
10:05 +3 Darius Garland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 28-31
9:51   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:48   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
9:46 +2 Kevin Porter made alley-oop shot, assist by Darius Garland 30-31
9:29 +3 Kyle Korver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 30-34
9:05 +3 Larry Nance Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 33-34
8:55   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed layup, blocked by Larry Nance Jr.  
8:52   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
8:47 +2 Darius Garland made floating jump shot, assist by Jordan Clarkson 35-34
8:31   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed driving layup  
8:31   Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:31 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 35-36
8:31   Shooting foul on Kevin Porter  
8:31   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed free throw  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
8:08 +2 Jordan Clarkson made floating jump shot 37-36
7:56   Shooting foul on Cedi Osman  
7:56 +1 Brook Lopez made 1st of 2 free throws 37-37
7:56 +1 Brook Lopez made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-38
7:47   Personal foul on Donte DiVincenzo  
7:35   Jordan Clarkson missed floating jump shot  
7:32   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
7:27   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
7:19   Lost ball turnover on Cedi Osman, stolen by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:15 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 37-40
7:08 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made dunk, assist by Jordan Clarkson 39-40
6:42   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:42   Offensive rebound by Khris Middleton  
6:42   Personal foul on Matthew Dellavedova  
6:37 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made layup, assist by Khris Middleton 39-42
6:23   Bad pass turnover on Matthew Dellavedova, stolen by Donte DiVincenzo  
6:16 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Donte DiVincenzo 39-45
6:01 +3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 42-45
5:37 +3 Brook Lopez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 42-48
5:19   Cedi Osman missed driving layup  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
5:14 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk, assist by Donte DiVincenzo 42-50
4:49 +2 Tristan Thompson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Love 44-50
4:34 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made layup, assist by Ersan Ilyasova 44-52
4:16   Tristan Thompson missed floating jump shot, blocked by Brook Lopez  
4:12   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
4:10   Kevin Love missed reverse layup  
4:08   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
4:04 +2 Khris Middleton made dunk, assist by Donte DiVincenzo 44-54
3:42   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
3:42 +1 Kevin Love made free throw 45-54
3:37   Personal foul on Brook Lopez  
3:30   Personal foul on Khris Middleton  
3:26   Traveling violation turnover on Darius Garland  
3:15   Bad pass turnover on Ersan Ilyasova, stolen by Tristan Thompson  
3:02   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Love, stolen by Khris Middleton  
2:54 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot 45-57
2:34   Bad pass turnover on Cedi Osman, stolen by Wesley Matthews  
2:31 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made layup, assist by Wesley Matthews 45-59
2:23   Personal foul on Ersan Ilyasova  
2:23   Kevin Love missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:23   CLE team rebound  
2:23 +1 Kevin Love made 2nd of 2 free throws 46-59
2:03 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot, assist by Khris Middleton 46-61
1:52   Lost ball turnover on Darius Garland, stolen by George Hill  
1:46   Bad pass turnover on Khris Middleton, stolen by Kevin Love  
1:39   Darius Garland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:36   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
1:24 +2 Khris Middleton made jump shot 46-63
1:09 +2 Cedi Osman made layup, assist by Kevin Love 48-63
1:00 +3 Khris Middleton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 48-66
0:48 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 51-66
0:29   Khris Middleton missed jump shot  
0:26   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
0:19 +3 George Hill made 3-pt. jump shot 51-69
0:00   Tristan Thompson missed layup  
0:00   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
0:00 +2 Tristan Thompson made dunk 53-69
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:40 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cedi Osman 54-69
11:29 +3 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brook Lopez 54-72
11:05   Cedi Osman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:00   Offensive rebound by Kevin Love  
10:52   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:49   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
10:41 +3 Donte DiVincenzo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Khris Middleton 54-75
10:29   Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:15   Cedi Osman missed floating jump shot  
10:12   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
10:09   Shooting foul on Collin Sexton  
10:09 +1 Donte DiVincenzo made 1st of 2 free throws 54-76
10:09 +1 Donte DiVincenzo made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-77
10:03   Personal foul on Donte DiVincenzo  
9:54 +2 Collin Sexton made jump shot 56-77
9:43   Lost ball turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo, stolen by Collin Sexton  
9:34 +2 Tristan Thompson made reverse layup, assist by Kevin Love 58-77
9:16   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed jump shot  
9:14   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
9:01   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
8:47 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tristan Thompson 61-77
8:26   Shooting foul on Cedi Osman  
8:26 +1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 3 free throws 61-78
8:26   Khris Middleton missed 2nd of 3 free throws  
8:26   MIL team rebound  
8:26 +1 Khris Middleton made 3rd of 3 free throws 61-79
8:18   Personal foul on Donte DiVincenzo  
8:05 +3 Kevin Love made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cedi Osman 64-79
7:52   Khris Middleton missed driving layup, blocked by Tristan Thompson  
7:49   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
7:42   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:39   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
7:26 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made jump shot 64-81
7:13   Bad pass turnover on Darius Garland, stolen by Donte DiVincenzo  
7:08 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made layup, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 64-83
6:57   Traveling violation turnover on Tristan Thompson  
6:41   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
6:32 +2 Kevin Love made jump shot, assist by Matthew Dellavedova 66-83
6:19   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:16   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
6:09   Cedi Osman missed floating jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
5:59   George Hill missed driving layup  
5:56   Defensive rebound by Kevin Love  
5:52   Collin Sexton missed floating jump shot  
5:49   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
5:49 +2 Tristan Thompson made dunk 68-83
5:36   Personal foul on Cedi Osman  
5:23   Shooting foul on Matthew Dellavedova  
5:23 +1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 3 free throws 68-84
5:23 +1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 3 free throws 68-85
5:23 +1 Khris Middleton made 3rd of 3 free throws 68-86
5:13   Traveling violation turnover on Cedi Osman  
4:58   Brook Lopez missed hook shot  
4:56   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
4:53   Cedi Osman missed layup, blocked by Brook Lopez  
4:53   CLE team rebound  
4:50   Kevin Love missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
4:41   Brook Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:38   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
4:24   Matthew Dellavedova missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:24   MIL team rebound  
4:24   Personal foul on Tristan Thompson  
4:24 +1 Ersan Ilyasova made 1st of 2 free throws 68-87