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Giannis' double-double helps Bucks hold on to beat Hawks

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks pushed the pace and kept their composure late in the fourth quarter. The Atlanta Hawks struggled to regain their footing in the closing minutes after their best ball-handler fouled out.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates capitalized for a 122-117 win on Saturday.

Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Khris Middleton added 23 points for Milwaukee, which finished off the worst team in the Eastern Conference with a game-ending 11-5 run.

''We just trust one another, and we focused on our strengths,'' Antetokounmpo said. ''Then we were able to make some shots and then get multiple stops in a row.''

Two key stops late ended with lob passes downcourt to point guard Eric Bledsoe, who handed off the ball each time to teammates for easy transition buckets.

The Hawks didn't have an answer after Dennis Schroder fouled out with 2:46 left. To make matters worse for Atlanta, Schroder was called for a technical foul after exchanging words with an official on the way to the sideline.

Middleton hit the free throw that started the run. The Hawks looked rushed on their next two possessions with a turnover and a blocked shot.

Trailing by 13 at one point, Atlanta put up a spirited fight before losing its 50th game of the year.

''It's (Dennis') sixth foul, it's a shooting foul. You compound it with getting a technical,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''Just giving up points when it's that close, when it's that tight. It's hard. It's a learning experience for all of us.''

Taurean Prince tied a career high with 38 points on 13-of-26 shooting, while Schroder finished with 18 points.

But his technical foul turned out to be a turning point in the game.

''It can't happen. I've just got to be quiet and go to the bench and be better,'' Schroder said.

The Bucks needed this victory to keep up in the crowded Eastern Conference playoff race after an ugly loss on Wednesday at 49-loss Orlando, with the Cleveland Cavaliers up next on Monday.

''That's important at the end of the day, closing the game out and getting the win,'' coach Joe Prunty said.

Milwaukee had the early comeback, rallying from an 11-point deficit to take a 56-50 halftime lead after figuring out Atlanta's effective pick-and-roll game.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Second in the league in forcing 15.6 turnovers a game, Atlanta got Milwaukee to cough up just 12 on the night. ... Prince had averaged 28.3 points over his previous three games. ... F John Collins left in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.

Bucks: C Tyler Zeller missed the game with lingering back soreness. ... G Brandon Jennings played 17 minutes and scored two points in his first home game since being signed by his former team to a 10-day contract last week. ... Parker was assessed a technical foul late in the second quarter after appearing to get in the face of Atlanta's John Collins after dunking over the forward. Parker had 11 points off the bench in the first half on 5-of-9 shooting.

FLAGRANT FOUL

Collins got hurt after landing on Antetokounmpo's right leg while attempting a 3. Officials called a flagrant foul on Antetokounmpo, who said after the game there was no intent on his part. Antetokounmpo had his back turned on Collins to watch the ball, and he did not appear to move when Collins landed on Antetokounmpo's right foot.

''I think it's just the rule this year, when you are going to contest,'' Budenholzer said. ''I don't think it was anything intentional by Giannis. It's just one of those unfortunate plays.''

JUST JABARI

Jabari Parker added 15 points off the bench for Milwaukee and tormented the Hawks with two thunderous dunks in the first half. Five weeks after returning from a knee injury, the fourth-year forward is showing that he can once again serve as Antetokounmpo's frontcourt running mate.

''I'm just playing like I'm practicing,'' Parker said. ''Right now, I know where my shots are going to be. ... It hasn't been easy, but it has been working.''

UP NEXT

Hawks: The second stop of a six-game trip takes them to Utah on Tuesday.

Bucks: Visit the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.

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Key Players
D. Schroder
17 PG
G. Antetokounmpo
34 PF
37.2 Min. Per Game 37.2
27.3 Pts. Per Game 27.3
4.8 Ast. Per Game 4.8
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
43.2 Field Goal % 53.0
43.2 Three Point % 53.0
86.6 Free Throw % 75.7
+ 2 Taurean Waller-Prince made driving dunk 0:00
+ 2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made layup, assist by Eric Bledsoe 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton 0:14
  DeWayne Dedmon missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  Offensive rebound by DeWayne Dedmon 0:15
  Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:32
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:32
  Personal foul on Isaiah Taylor 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Khris Middleton 0:33
  Taurean Waller-Prince missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:36
Team Stats
Points 117 122
Field Goals 39-85 (45.9%) 41-86 (47.7%)
3-Pointers 12-36 (33.3%) 11-25 (44.0%)
Free Throws 27-28 (96.4%) 29-32 (90.6%)
Total Rebounds 49 46
Offensive 8 9
Defensive 36 35
Team 5 2
Assists 23 31
Steals 7 12
Blocks 4 8
Turnovers 19 12
Fouls 25 25
Technicals 2 1
38 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST
33 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Hawks 20-50 31193730117
home team logo Bucks 37-32 26303927122
Team Stats
away team logo Hawks 20-50 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Bucks 37-32 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
Key Players
T. Waller-Prince SF 14.1 PPG 4.7 RPG 2.6 APG 42.6 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo PF 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Waller-Prince SF 38 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
G. Antetokounmpo PF 33 PTS 12 REB 7 AST
45.9 FG% 47.7
33.3 3PT FG% 44.0
96.4 FT% 90.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Waller-Prince 39 38 8 1 0 2 4 2 13/26 4/13 8/8 2 6 46 -7
D. Schroder 34 18 3 9 1 0 3 6 6/13 1/2 5/5 0 3 37 +7
J. Collins 26 15 12 1 0 0 2 4 6/8 0/0 3/3 2 10 27 +13
D. Dedmon 31 10 8 2 2 2 5 3 3/7 2/4 2/2 1 7 21 -2
T. Dorsey 17 3 3 3 1 0 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 3 12 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Waller-Prince 39 38 8 1 0 2 4 2 13/26 4/13 8/8 2 6 46 -7
D. Schroder 34 18 3 9 1 0 3 6 6/13 1/2 5/5 0 3 37 +7
J. Collins 26 15 12 1 0 0 2 4 6/8 0/0 3/3 2 10 27 +13
D. Dedmon 31 10 8 2 2 2 5 3 3/7 2/4 2/2 1 7 21 -2
T. Dorsey 17 3 3 3 1 0 1 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 3 12 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Muscala 28 12 6 0 1 0 3 1 4/9 2/5 2/2 2 4 16 -18
D. Lee 20 7 2 1 1 0 1 4 2/8 1/4 2/2 1 1 11 0
I. Taylor 24 7 2 6 1 0 0 4 1/4 0/1 5/6 0 2 22 -13
A. White 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 0 7 +2
T. Cavanaugh 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -2
M. Delaney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Bazemore - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Cleveland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bembry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Magette - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 117 44 23 7 4 19 25 39/85 12/36 27/28 8 36 199 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 33 12 7 4 2 2 5 12/25 2/6 7/8 4 8 63 +2
K. Middleton 37 23 7 2 1 0 3 4 6/14 2/4 9/9 0 7 32 +8
E. Bledsoe 30 19 3 9 2 1 5 4 5/10 1/2 8/9 1 2 38 +2
J. Henson 34 11 8 2 1 2 1 1 3/8 0/0 5/6 3 5 25 +7
T. Snell 29 11 5 1 1 0 0 1 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 5 19 +13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 33 12 7 4 2 2 5 12/25 2/6 7/8 4 8 63 +2
K. Middleton 37 23 7 2 1 0 3 4 6/14 2/4 9/9 0 7 32 +8
E. Bledsoe 30 19 3 9 2 1 5 4 5/10 1/2 8/9 1 2 38 +2
J. Henson 34 11 8 2 1 2 1 1 3/8 0/0 5/6 3 5 25 +7
T. Snell 29 11 5 1 1 0 0 1 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 5 19 +13
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Parker 20 15 3 2 0 0 0 1 7/12 1/3 0/0 1 2 22 -5
T. Maker 12 8 1 1 0 0 0 4 3/4 2/2 0/0 0 1 11 -2
B. Jennings 17 2 2 5 0 2 0 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 2 16 +3
J. Terry 11 0 1 2 2 1 1 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 7 +1
S. Brown 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 3 -4
M. Brogdon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Munford - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Plumlee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 122 44 31 12 8 12 25 41/86 11/25 29/32 9 35 236 +25