Middleton finished with 25 points (9-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals across 33 minutes in Friday's 123-104 win over the Bulls.
Middleton was part of a balanced Bucks scoring attack that helped Milwaukee roar back from a 22-point deficit and ultimately surge to a runaway victory. The wing has now put up 20 or more points in three straight games while shooting a blistering 58.1 percent from the floor and drilling all 12 of his free-throw attempts. Since that percentage from the floor isn't sustainable, it's fair to expect Middleton's scoring to eventually tail off a bit, but the 27-year-old typically puts up enough output in the rebounds, assists, steals and three-pointers categories to lessen the impact in any decline in his point production.
Middleton totaled 25 points (8-16 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds, and three assists in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 116-113 loss to the Grizzlies.
Middleton continues to excel in his role as the star sidekick to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 27-year-old wing is among the most versatile statistical contributors in the league, a reliable source of scoring, boards, dimes, threes, and steals. While his three-point shooting percentage has come back down to earth here in November after canning an unsustainable 4.0 threes per game on 54.9 percent in October, Middleton's early-season dominance is, overall, no flash in the pan.
Middleton's night could have been exponentially better had it not been for some struggles from the field, but he still finished with a strong stat line overall. The versatile wing has scored in double digits in every game this season, and he has plenty of room for improvement considering he's shooting a career-low 43.6 percent overall. However, the majority of his struggles have ironically come from in front of the arc, as he boasts a career-best 45.5 percent success rate from distance.
Despite the disappointing team outcome, Middleton enjoyed a rewarding fantasy night, posting his best scoring total since Oct. 24 in the process. The seven-year veteran has now also drained at least a trio of threes in four straight games, and he also propped up his final line Tuesday with his best rebound haul since Opening Night. Middleton remains the ideal complementary presence alongside the spectacular Giannis Antetokounmpo, a role that still affords him plenty of fantasy value in all formats.
Middleton still managed a solid stat line, but one that was far from fully actualized due to a second consecutive sub-par shooting night. The 27-year-old wing is 10-for-29 from the field over his last pair of contests, although he's still managed to drain multiple threes in every game thus far this season. However, Middleton has now failed to clear the 20-point mark in four straight games, something he'll look to rectify against the Kings on Sunday.
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