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Antetokounmpo scores 27 as Bucks beat Grizzlies 110-103

MILWAUKEE (AP) After being torched for 65 points in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive pressure against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Milwaukee held Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter to get back into the game and pulled away late in the fourth for a 110-103 victory.

''In the first half, it was a shoot-around,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''I thought in the second half we focused on the defensive end.''

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bucks.

''We want to be a defensive team,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''Sometimes we make mistakes and forget who we are.''

Memphis coach David Fizdale said the Grizzlies lacked intensity in the third quarter.

''We try to pride ourselves on our toughness and I didn't think we held up our end of the bargain tonight,'' Fizdale said. ''That third quarter, we just didn't come out ready to compete. That was the big difference in the game.''

Khris Middleton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as Milwaukee won a season-high third straight. Henson made eight of 10 shots in his highest-scoring game this season.

Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and Dillon Brooks added 19 points.

After the Bucks threatened to pull away late in the third, Evans scored nine consecutive points to pull Memphis into an 84-all tie early in the fourth quarter. Memphis pulled ahead on Dillon Brooks' 3-pointer with about nine minutes left. Milwaukee tied it on Tony Snell's corner 3. A soft drop-in by Antetokounmpo put the Bucks ahead 100-96 with just under five minutes remaining, a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

''Normally that game gets away from us,'' Kidd said. ''When we came back with the starters, we went on a run, but it started on the defensive end.''

The Bucks got off to a strong start, shooting 65 percent from the field in the first quarter, including 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, to take a 34-29 lead.

''It was confidence boost to see shots go down,'' Middleton said.

Memphis hit 10 of its first 11 shots in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead with 4:24 left in the half. Milwaukee made just one of six shots from long-range in the quarter, but pulled to 65-60 at the break, led by Antetokounmpo's 12 points in the period.

POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Fizdale said he is taking a positive approach with point guard Mike Conley, who has struggled with his shooting this season. He made 2 of 12 shots against the Bucks after entering the game shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range.

''Be positive. There's no beating the players up over struggles,'' Fizdale said. ''It's not the way to get them out of it, and it's never been my approach. Mike has had a nagging injury and can't control that.''

BANG FOR THE BUCK

Fizdale believes the Bucks improved considerably with the recent acquisition of Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns.

''You add Eric Bledsoe to anybody's team and you are going to be way more concerned,'' Fizdale said. ''Obviously, there's the pace and the speed that he brings to the game. His tenacity, his toughness, his ability to get to the rim. They are going to be something to reckon with this year with him.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Wrapped up a five-game trip with a 2-3 record. Chalmers fouled out with 2:19 remaining.

Bucks: Middleton, who entered the game shooting 26 percent from 3-point range, hit his first three attempts from beyond the arc. ... Bledsoe started but was a game-time decision with a knee contusion. ''He got hit. It was sore,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''He was good yesterday. This morning he woke up and it was a little sore.'' ... F Mirza Teletovic missed his third straight game with left knee soreness.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Host Indiana on Wednesday night in the first of four consecutive home games.

Bucks: Host Detroit on Wednesday night to wrap up a three-game homestand.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
37.3 Min. Per Game 37.3
31.7 Pts. Per Game 31.7
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
10.4 Reb. Per Game 10.4
43.5 Field Goal % 58.2
43.2 Three Point % 59.1
81.7 Free Throw % 76.6
  Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe 0:03
  Dillon Brooks missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:07
+ 2 John Henson made dunk, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:12
+ 2 Dillon Brooks made dunk 0:16
  Offensive rebound by Dillon Brooks 0:17
  Mike Conley missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 1 Eric Bledsoe made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:24
  Eric Bledsoe missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:24
  Team rebound 0:24
  Personal foul on Marc Gasol 0:24
  Personal foul on Dillon Brooks 0:26
Team Stats
Points 103 110
Field Goals 37-76 (48.7%) 40-82 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 12-22 (54.5%)
Free Throws 18-21 (85.7%) 18-25 (72.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 48
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 29 26
Team 6 12
Assists 21 23
Steals 5 6
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 14 9
Fouls 25 19
Technicals 1 0
27 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST
27 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 7-6 29361226103
home team logo Bucks 7-6 34262426110
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 7-6 98.8 PPG 40.5 RPG 21.0 APG
home team logo Bucks 7-6 104.9 PPG 39.5 RPG 22.5 APG
Key Players
T. Evans G 19.4 PPG 5.1 RPG 5.1 APG 45.3 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo F 27.8 PPG 10.4 RPG 4.8 APG 53.9 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Evans G 27 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
G. Antetokounmpo F 27 PTS 9 REB 7 AST
48.7 FG% 48.8
42.3 3PT FG% 54.5
85.7 FT% 72.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Brooks 27 19 4 0 1 0 0 5 6/9 2/4 5/5 2 2 24 -9
M. Gasol 34 16 10 6 0 0 4 4 6/14 1/4 3/4 2 8 34 -10
M. Conley 33 7 0 2 1 0 0 2 2/12 2/7 1/2 0 0 12 -13
J. Ennis III 28 5 5 1 1 0 0 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 4 13 -17
J. Martin 12 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 2 0 4 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Brooks 27 19 4 0 1 0 0 5 6/9 2/4 5/5 2 2 24 -9
M. Gasol 34 16 10 6 0 0 4 4 6/14 1/4 3/4 2 8 34 -10
M. Conley 33 7 0 2 1 0 0 2 2/12 2/7 1/2 0 0 12 -13
J. Ennis III 28 5 5 1 1 0 0 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 4 13 -17
J. Martin 12 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 2 0 4 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Evans 33 27 6 3 0 0 1 2 11/16 3/4 2/2 0 6 38 -9
M. Chalmers 24 14 5 6 1 0 5 6 3/4 1/2 7/8 0 5 27 +12
B. Wright 13 10 2 0 0 1 0 0 5/9 0/0 0/0 1 1 13 +3
C. Parsons 21 3 3 3 0 0 0 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 3 12 +12
B. McLemore 11 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -3 +8
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 37 21 5 1 14 25 37/76 11/26 18/21 8 29 174 -35
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 43 27 9 7 2 2 2 2 10/22 0/1 7/9 3 6 52 +6
J. Henson 25 17 8 3 0 2 0 4 8/10 0/0 1/1 4 4 33 +13
K. Middleton 38 17 4 2 0 0 3 3 6/13 4/5 1/1 0 4 22 +27
E. Bledsoe 26 15 7 4 0 0 1 2 4/10 1/3 6/8 1 6 29 +19
T. Snell 31 9 1 4 1 0 1 0 3/6 2/4 1/2 0 1 18 +16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 43 27 9 7 2 2 2 2 10/22 0/1 7/9 3 6 52 +6
J. Henson 25 17 8 3 0 2 0 4 8/10 0/0 1/1 4 4 33 +13
K. Middleton 38 17 4 2 0 0 3 3 6/13 4/5 1/1 0 4 22 +27
E. Bledsoe 26 15 7 4 0 0 1 2 4/10 1/3 6/8 1 6 29 +19
T. Snell 31 9 1 4 1 0 1 0 3/6 2/4 1/2 0 1 18 +16
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brogdon 19 10 1 1 0 0 1 3 4/11 2/4 0/0 0 1 12 -7
D. Liggins 20 6 0 0 3 0 0 3 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 0 9 -15
T. Maker 22 6 6 0 0 1 0 0 2/3 0/0 2/4 2 4 13 -6
M. Dellavedova 11 3 0 2 0 0 1 2 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 0 6 -18
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 110 36 23 6 5 9 19 40/82 12/22 18/25 10 26 194 +35