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Antetokounmpo, Bucks rout Pacers 102-83

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo rarely makes three 3-pointers in a game.

Even on his way to the MVP award last season, the Milwaukee Bucks' 6-foot-11 superstar reached that mark only six times.

He did it Saturday night in a 102-83 rout of the Indiana Pacers, finishing with 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

''I think he's getting more and more comfortable with the 3-ball,'' Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. ''The ball's in his hands a lot, so he's shooting them off the dribble. He continues to attack at a high rate, so we just want him to keep growing, keep letting it fly.''

A shaky long-range shooter who was only 25.6% on 3s in the 2018-19 campaign, Antetokounmpo is 16 of 50 - 32% - from behind the arc in the Bucks' 9-3 start.

With length and speed that make him almost unstoppable going to the basket, Antetokounmpo hopes to force defenders to respect the threat of a 3.

''I haven't seen it yet,'' he said. ''Eventually it might change, or it might not. Pretty much wide-open every shot I take from the top of the key or the wing.''

His 3 from the top of the key at the first-quarter buzzer Saturday gave Milwaukee a 26-22 lead and set the tone on a night the Pacers endured their worst shooting performance of the season.

Brook Lopez, who had 15 points and eight boards, blocked five shots to help limit Indiana to a season-low 32% from the field.

Malcolm Brogdon, after joining Indiana in a July sign-and-trade deal with Milwaukee, missed his first chance at facing his former team. The early All-Star candidate developed a sore back during Friday's 111-102 loss at Houston.

The good news for Indiana was the return of Myles Turner. Playing his first game since Oct. 30, Turner had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

''I really don't know how to answer that,'' Turner said when asked if any pain lingers from his right ankle sprain. ''I'm still battling a little bit, but I felt good enough to play. That's all that matters.''

The Bucks shot 45%. They went ahead by 15 points in the second quarter. Indiana then cut its 49-36 halftime deficit to 71-63 entering the fourth quarter.

The Bucks restored their lead by opening the final period on a 10-2 run, including a pair of spot-up 3-pointers from Sterling Brown in the left corner. Brown finished with 10 points and six rebounds, complementing Donte DiVinzenco (14 points) and Eric Bledsoe (10 points, five assists).

The only drama thereafter was that Antetokounmpo's run of consecutive 30-point, 10-rebound games ended at six. It was the NBA's longest such streak since Shaquille O'Neal's 11 in 2001.

Budenholzer credited Indiana for playing hard ''no matter who's out there for them.''

Backup point guard T.J. McConnell (sore right groin) was a late scratch, joining Brogdon, All-Star Victor Oladipo and sixth man Jeremy Lamb on Indiana's crowded inactive list.

''We're just having some bad breaks,'' coach Nate McMillan said.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Antetokounmpo drew oohs and ahs on a highlight-reel dunk early in the second quarter. He started out dribbling beyond the 3-point line, drove left around JaKarr Sampson, picked up the ball above the foul line and soared for a left-handed jam over the outstretched arms of the trailing Sampson and help defender Goga Bitadze. ... Starting small forward Khris Middleton (left thigh contusion) missed his second straight game.

Pacers: The Pacers were outscored 34-6 in the paint in the first half and 56-26 for the game. ... The team's video board showed Travis Best in attendance. Best averaged 8.9 points as the backup point guard on the Pacers' 2000 Eastern Conference championship team.

UP NEXT:

Bucks: Play at Chicago on Monday night as Milwaukee looks to extend a seven-game win streak against the Bulls.

Pacers: Play at Brooklyn on Monday night. They won there 118-108 on Oct. 30.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:36   Bad pass turnover on Domantas Sabonis, stolen by Donte DiVincenzo  
11:31 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made finger-roll layup 2-0
11:06   Myles Turner missed jump shot  
11:04   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
11:00   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed driving layup  
10:58   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
10:52   Aaron Holiday missed finger-roll layup  
10:50   Offensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
10:49 +3 Myles Turner made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Holiday 2-3
10:32   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:29   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
10:22   Domantas Sabonis missed jump shot  
10:19   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
10:05 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made turnaround jump shot 4-3
9:45   Personal foul on Donte DiVincenzo  
9:42   Aaron Holiday missed jump shot  
9:38   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
9:28   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:25   MIL team rebound  
9:25   Personal foul on Aaron Holiday  
9:20   Lost ball turnover on Donte DiVincenzo, stolen by Myles Turner  
9:11   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:08   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:02 +2 Eric Bledsoe made jump shot 6-3
8:48   Myles Turner missed jump shot  
8:44   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
8:39   Aaron Holiday missed jump shot  
8:35   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
8:32   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed driving layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
8:29   Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
8:23 +3 T.J. Warren made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Holiday 6-6
8:10 +2 Eric Bledsoe made driving layup 8-6
7:56 +2 T.J. Warren made fade-away jump shot 8-8
7:42 +2 Wesley Matthews made finger-roll layup, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 10-8
7:26   T.J. Warren missed floating jump shot  
7:22   Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe  
7:16   Eric Bledsoe missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
7:13   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
7:09 +3 T.J. Warren made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Myles Turner 10-11
6:47   Brook Lopez missed hook shot  
6:44   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:32   Shooting foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
6:32 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 1st of 2 free throws 10-12
6:32 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 2nd of 2 free throws 10-13
6:20   Sterling Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:18   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:09   T.J. Warren missed floating jump shot  
6:06   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
6:01   Traveling violation turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo  
5:50   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
5:41 +2 Eric Bledsoe made finger-roll layup, assist by Wesley Matthews 12-13
5:27   Bad pass turnover on Aaron Holiday, stolen by Eric Bledsoe  
5:22 +2 Sterling Brown made layup 14-13
5:06 +2 T.J. Warren made floating jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 14-15
4:54   Eric Bledsoe missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:51   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
4:43 +2 Aaron Holiday made floating jump shot 14-17
4:31 +2 Brook Lopez made layup, assist by Eric Bledsoe 16-17
4:20   Naz Mitrou-Long missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:16   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
4:00   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:57   Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
3:43   TJ Leaf missed driving layup  
3:39   Offensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
3:39   TJ Leaf missed dunk  
3:38   Defensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
3:34   Sterling Brown missed driving layup  
3:32   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
3:20 +3 TJ Leaf made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Doug McDermott 16-20
2:58   Robin Lopez missed hook shot  
2:54   Offensive rebound by George Hill  
2:54   George Hill missed dunk  
2:53   Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
2:42   T.J. Warren missed floating jump shot  
2:39   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
2:28 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made fade-away jump shot, assist by Pat Connaughton 18-20
2:05 +2 Myles Turner made fade-away jump shot, assist by Naz Mitrou-Long 18-22
1:49 +3 Robin Lopez made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 21-22
1:36   Doug McDermott missed floating jump shot  
1:33   Defensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
1:21   George Hill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:17   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
0:55   T.J. Warren missed jump shot  
0:54   IND team rebound  
0:54   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
0:41 +2 Robin Lopez made hook shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 23-22
0:32   Doug McDermott missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Pat Connaughton  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Pat Connaughton  
0:25   Robin Lopez missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:21   Defensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
0:05   Out of bounds turnover on Naz Mitrou-Long  
0:01 +3 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by George Hill 26-22

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:49   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:46   Defensive rebound by Naz Mitrou-Long  
11:34   Goga Bitadze missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:30   MIL team rebound  
11:21 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving layup 28-22
11:21   Shooting foul on Doug McDermott  
11:21   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed free throw  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Doug McDermott  
11:05   Doug McDermott missed floating jump shot  
11:02   Defensive rebound by Kyle Korver  
10:52   Shooting foul on JaKarr Sampson  
10:52   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:52   MIL team rebound  
10:52 +1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 29-22
10:38 +2 Justin Holiday made jump shot, assist by JaKarr Sampson 29-24
10:26 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made driving dunk 31-24
10:13   Aaron Holiday missed floating jump shot  
10:09   Offensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
10:08   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:05   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
10:03   Lost ball turnover on Giannis Antetokounmpo, stolen by Aaron Holiday  
9:59   JaKarr Sampson missed reverse layup, blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
9:58   IND team rebound  
9:53   Bad pass turnover on Aaron Holiday, stolen by Donte DiVincenzo  
9:50 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made driving dunk 33-24
9:43   Offensive foul on Doug McDermott  
9:43   Turnover on Doug McDermott  
9:32   Personal foul on Justin Holiday  
9:29   Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Domantas Sabonis  
9:16   Domantas Sabonis missed layup, blocked by Brook Lopez  
9:13   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
9:12   Domantas Sabonis missed layup, blocked by Brook Lopez  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Brook Lopez  
9:02   Eric Bledsoe missed finger-roll layup  
9:00   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
8:44   Traveling violation turnover on Goga Bitadze  
8:33   Donte DiVincenzo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:29   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
8:15 +2 Aaron Holiday made jump shot 33-26
8:06   Lost ball turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by Aaron Holiday  
7:59   Aaron Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
7:51   Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Goga Bitadze  
7:33 +3 Aaron Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 33-29
7:12   Donte DiVincenzo missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:53   Aaron Holiday missed jump shot  
6:50   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
6:42   Eric Bledsoe missed finger-roll layup  
6:39   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:26   Jumpball  
6:26   Lost ball turnover on T.J. Warren, stolen by Brook Lopez  
6:22 +2 Donte DiVincenzo made floating jump shot 35-29
6:07 +2 Aaron Holiday made driving layup 35-31
5:48 +3 Donte DiVincenzo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Bledsoe 38-31
5:27   Justin Holiday missed layup, blocked by Brook Lopez  
5:24   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
5:14 +2 Ersan Ilyasova made finger-roll layup, assist by Donte DiVincenzo 40-31
5:03   Aaron Holiday missed jump shot  
5:00   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
4:53   Wesley Matthews missed reverse layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
4:53   MIL team rebound  
4:53   MIL team rebound  
4:49   Wesley Matthews missed layup, blocked by Doug McDermott  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
4:40   Shooting foul on Brook Lopez  
4:40 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 1st of 2 free throws 40-32
4:40   Domantas Sabonis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:37   Defensive rebound by Sterling Brown  
4:23   Brook Lopez missed jump shot, blocked by T.J. Warren  
4:22   MIL team rebound  
4:14   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:50   Aaron Holiday missed jump shot  
3:50   IND team rebound  
3:50   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:42 +3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Giannis Antetokounmpo 43-32
3:23   Traveling violation turnover on Domantas Sabonis  
3:12 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made finger-roll layup 45-32
2:58   T.J. Warren missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:55   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
2:52   Sterling Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:49   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
2:42   Personal foul on Sterling Brown  
2:31   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:28   Defensive rebound by George Hill  
2:12   Wesley Matthews missed jump shot  
2:11   MIL team rebound  
2:07 +2 Kyle Korver made turnaround jump shot 47-32
1:48   Personal foul on Wesley Matthews  
1:44 +2 Justin Holiday made floating jump shot, assist by Aaron Holiday 47-34
1:35   Personal foul on T.J. Warren  
1:25   Robin Lopez missed driving layup, blocked by Myles Turner  
1:21   Offensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
1:20   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:17   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
1:08   Bad pass turnover on Myles Turner, stolen by Robin Lopez  
1:04 +2 Giannis Antetokounmpo made dunk 49-34
0:47 +2 T.J. Warren made fade-away jump shot 49-36
0:41   Offensive foul on Wesley Matthews  
0:41   Turnover on Wesley Matthews  
0:29   Offensive foul on Domantas Sabonis  
0:29   Turnover on Domantas Sabonis  
0:12   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:08   Offensive rebound by Robin Lopez  
0:06   Kyle Korver missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:02   Team rebound  
0:00   T.J. Warren missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   IND team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Bad pass turnover on Eric Bledsoe, stolen by T.J. Warren  
11:31   Myles Turner missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:27   Defensive rebound by Wesley Matthews  
11:23   Eric Bledsoe missed driving layup  
11:20   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
11:10   Domantas Sabonis missed hook shot, blocked by Brook Lopez  
11:08   Defensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo  
11:01   Wesley Matthews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:57   Defensive rebound by Myles Turner  
10:46   T.J. Warren missed jump shot  
10:44   Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo  
10:35 +2