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Giannis leaves early, but Bucks rout Nets 109-94

NEW YORK (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo was planning to come back in, though his coach seemed to have other ideas.

Eric Bledsoe and the Bucks made it a moot point.

Bledsoe scored 28 points, John Henson had season highs with 19 points and 18 rebounds, and Milwaukee easily extended its winning streak over the Brooklyn Nets to 10 games with a 109-94 victory Sunday.

Antetokounmpo twisted his right ankle with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining, not long after the Nets had cut what had been a 28-point deficit to seven. But the Bucks got the next two baskets after his departure to finish an 8-0 run and push the lead back to 15.

''Giannis is a big piece of our team but we got other guys that can step up, especially down the stretch, and took on that role,'' Bledsoe said. ''We just stayed together and hopefully he's all right.''

Antetokounmpo, who said he stepped on a Nets player's foot, was standing along the baseline near the bench after coming out, trying to get loose in case he was called on to return.

''I knew that if the game was close I would definitely be back in,'' the All-Star forward said.

Well, maybe not.

''We had talked and we were pretty sure he wasn't going to be coming back,'' coach Joe Prunty said of his discussion with medical staff. ''At the end of the day, it was the trainer lets me know and we make a decision from there. But as the lead gets (bigger), yeah, there was no reason to.''

Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each had 16 points for the Bucks, who improved to 6-1 since firing Jason Kidd and moved a season-best six games over .500 at 29-23.

DeMarre Carroll and Caris LeVert each scored 15 for the Nets, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.

The Bucks scored six straight points in the first 81 seconds to prompt a Nets timeout, pushed the lead into double digits later in the first quarter and led 36-22 at the end of the period.

''Somehow, some reason, not ready. We weren't ready,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''I don't understand. I don't understand how that happens. A little upset with our group that we weren't ready mentally, physically.''

Milwaukee led 62-41 at the break. The Bucks opened the second half with seven straight points as the lead peaked at 69-41 on Antetokounmpo's dunk.

With their length and athleticism, the Bucks looked like high schoolers playing against middle schoolers. They had seven blocked shots, including one by Antetokounmpo on Jarrett Allen to trigger a fast break in the third quarter, which ended with an alley-oop from Middleton to Henson.

The Nets finished the period with a flurry and trailed only 83-72 heading to the fourth.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Jabari Parker had 11 points in 17 minutes off the bench in his second game since returning from ACL surgery. ... Milwaukee opened a four-game road trip and hangs around New York for a couple days before visiting the Knicks on Tuesday. Prunty was an assistant to Kidd in Brooklyn during the 2013-14 season

Nets: Allen, who averaged 16 points on 82.6 percent shooting in first three starts, scored 14 on 7-of-11 shooting. ... D'Angelo Russell fouled out with nearly 11 minutes to play and finished with three points off the bench.

ANKLE PAINS

Prunty said backup G Matthew Dellavedova also hurt his ankle and both he and Antetokounmpo would be re-evaluated.

''I've twisted it twice in the last five games, but I've just got to play through it,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''We've got a great medical staff that's going to take care of me and Delly and hopefully I can be ready to go on Tuesday against the Knicks.''

SHOWING SUPPORT

Injured Nets guard Jeremy Lin, who played at Harvard, sat on bench wearing a Patriots sweatshirt under his jacket. Injured forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, from Chester, Pennsylvania, had an Eagles hooded sweatshirt under his jacket.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Visit New York on Tuesday.

Nets: Host Houston on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:03
  Out of bounds turnover on James Webb 0:27
  Offensive rebound by James Webb 0:36
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:38
  Out of bounds turnover on Rashad Vaughn 0:55
+ 1 Joe Harris made free throw 1:08
  Shooting foul on Sean Kilpatrick 1:08
+ 2 Joe Harris made layup, assist by Spencer Dinwiddie 1:08
  Lost ball turnover on Rashad Vaughn, stolen by Spencer Dinwiddie 1:11
  Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown 1:21
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed jump shot 1:23
Team Stats
Points 109 94
Field Goals 42-81 (51.9%) 37-90 (41.1%)
3-Pointers 8-19 (42.1%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 11-14 (78.6%)
Total Rebounds 56 43
Offensive 14 11
Defensive 40 25
Team 2 7
Assists 19 25
Steals 3 5
Blocks 7 1
Turnovers 13 9
Fouls 16 19
Technicals 0 1
19 PTS, 18 REB, 3 AST
9 PTS, 10 AST
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away team logo Bucks 29-23 36262126109
home team logo Nets 19-35 2219312294
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 29-23 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
home team logo Nets 19-35 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
E. Bledsoe PG 17.8 PPG 3.9 RPG 5.1 APG 47.6 FG%
D. Carroll SF 13.5 PPG 6.6 RPG 2.0 APG 41.4 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Bledsoe PG 28 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
D. Carroll SF 15 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
51.9 FG% 41.1
42.1 3PT FG% 31.0
81.0 FT% 78.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Bledsoe 32 28 4 6 1 0 4 1 12/20 3/8 1/1 1 3 41 +20
J. Henson 30 19 18 3 0 2 0 4 8/14 0/0 3/5 7 11 45 +22
K. Middleton 31 16 4 1 0 0 2 4 7/11 2/3 0/2 1 3 20 +17
G. Antetokounmpo 27 16 8 4 0 1 2 0 7/13 1/2 1/1 1 7 31 +16
T. Snell 31 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 0 3 4 +19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Bledsoe 32 28 4 6 1 0 4 1 12/20 3/8 1/1 1 3 41 +20
J. Henson 30 19 18 3 0 2 0 4 8/14 0/0 3/5 7 11 45 +22
K. Middleton 31 16 4 1 0 0 2 4 7/11 2/3 0/2 1 3 20 +17
G. Antetokounmpo 27 16 8 4 0 1 2 0 7/13 1/2 1/1 1 7 31 +16
T. Snell 31 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 0 3 4 +19
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Parker 17 11 1 2 1 2 1 2 2/4 1/1 6/6 0 1 18 -5
T. Maker 17 8 6 0 0 0 0 1 4/8 0/1 0/0 3 3 14 -7
S. Kilpatrick 8 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 2/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 8 +2
S. Brown 26 4 8 0 1 1 1 2 0/4 0/1 4/4 1 7 13 -1
M. Dellavedova 14 2 1 2 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 1 6 -2
J. Terry 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
R. Vaughn 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -2 -3
M. Brogdon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 109 54 19 3 7 13 16 42/81 8/19 17/21 14 40 198 +75
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Carroll 32 15 3 0 0 1 0 0 5/11 3/5 2/3 0 3 19 -14
J. Allen 27 14 7 0 0 0 1 2 7/11 0/0 0/0 1 6 20 -21
A. Crabbe 28 11 5 0 0 0 1 2 5/14 1/4 0/0 1 4 15 -15
S. Dinwiddie 28 9 0 10 3 0 1 2 3/11 1/6 2/2 0 0 31 -20
Q. Acy 21 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 3 16 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Carroll 32 15 3 0 0 1 0 0 5/11 3/5 2/3 0 3 19 -14
J. Allen 27 14 7 0 0 0 1 2 7/11 0/0 0/0 1 6 20 -21
A. Crabbe 28 11 5 0 0 0 1 2 5/14 1/4 0/0 1 4 15 -15
S. Dinwiddie 28 9 0 10 3 0 1 2 3/11 1/6 2/2 0 0 31 -20
Q. Acy 21 7 4 2 1 0 0 0 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 3 16 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. LeVert 23 15 0 1 0 0 1 4 6/7 0/0 3/4 0 0 16 +3
J. Harris 25 8 5 3 0 0 1 1 3/11 1/6 1/1 1 4 18 -11
J. Okafor 10 7 4 1 1 0 1 1 3/5 0/0 1/2 3 1 13 -5
N. Stauskas 9 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 2 7 +10
D. Russell 18 3 1 7 0 0 2 6 1/8 1/1 0/0 1 0 16 +3
J. Webb 14 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 1/4 0/2 0/0 3 2 6 -1
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doyle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hollis-Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 94 36 25 5 1 9 19 37/90 9/29 11/14 11 25 177 -75