Bucks on brink of elimination after tweaking starting lineup
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals.
Bucks need better bench play to regain control vs Raptors
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Bucks are back in Milwaukee looking to regain momentum in the Eastern Conference finals.
Coach Mike Budenholzer believes the play of his bench will be a major factor in...
Not just Giannis: Deep Milwaukee Bucks roar into East finals
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo has carried the Milwaukee Bucks to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2001.
The Bucks have reason to believe they can go even...
On Basketball: Rest does help, but luck is essential
Jusuf Nurkic's season-ending and gruesome leg injury, especially at this time of year, will strike fear into everyone in the NBA.
In this age of "load management" being a fancy term for...
Bucks’ Nikola Mirotic out with left thumb injury
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic is out indefinitely an examination of his left thumb revealed a sprain and a fracture.
Bucks sign guard Tim Frazier with Brogdon out
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks signed guard Tim Frazier on Tuesday as they try to shore up their backcourt with Malcolm Brogdon out indefinitely with a plantar fascia tear in his right...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon has a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot and is out indefinitely.
The Bucks say Brogdon underwent an MRI and had a subsequent...
Bucks used big third quarter to pull away and beat Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks proved it's about shooting better, not shooting more.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and the Bucks used a 45-point third quarter to beat the...
Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Hornets for 50th win
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered for Milwaukee once again, and Brook Lopez got going inside.
Worst over 1st: Oubre, Booker help Suns stun Bucks 114-105
PHOENIX (AP) — Kelly Oubre Jr. had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and the Phoenix Suns rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks 114-105 on Monday...
Bucks outlast Lakers 131-120 for 8th straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Bledsoe began the day with a contract extension. He ended it leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their eighth consecutive victory and 10th in a row on the road.
Bledsoe has triple-double as Bucks edge Kings 141-140 in OT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With Giannis Antetokounmpo watching from the bench because of a minutes restriction and Khris Middleton joining him after cramping up, Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer...
With Antetokounmpo sidelined, Bucks beat Bulls 117-106
CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo spent most of the game standing on the sideline and cheering just about every play, big and small.
Giannis, Bucks drop 148 points on Wizards for 40th win
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 43 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 148-129 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
The Bucks shot 60 percent (56 for 93) from the field and placed six players in double figures while becoming the first NBA team with 40 victories. Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points, and Khris Middleton finished with 16.
Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe pace Bucks past Wizards
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo called it "a crazy game."
A little too crazy for the All-Star.
Antetokounmpo scored 43 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 148-129 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
"I think we were just trading baskets at one point," Antetokounmpo said. "We're a good team but we're trying to be a great team.
Big game for Giannis helps NBA-best Bucks beat Nets 113-94
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.
The injury-depleted Nets missed 19 of their first 20 3-point attempts, making it another easy night for the team with the NBA's best record. Brooklyn finished 5 for 42 (11.9 percent) behind the arc.
Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and Eric Bledsoe had 15 for the Bucks, who won their fourth straight, all by double digits.
Giannis, NBA-best Bucks beat cold-shooting Nets 113-94
NEW YORK (AP) — They already had the NBA's best record, so Giannis Antetokounmpo knew the Bucks were a good team.
A powerful finish to a five-game road trip showed him they might be even better than that.
"To finish our road trip with four wins in a row says a lot about this team and how great it can be," Antetokounmpo said.
Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, and Milwaukee beat the cold-shooting Brooklyn Nets 113-94 on Monday night.
George powers Thunder past Bucks for 5th straight win
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George had 36 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his 16th triple-double of the season and No. 120 for his career. Jerami Grant added 16 points, helping the Thunder knock off the team with the NBA's best record.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton added 22 points.
NBA-leading Bucks rally to beat Hornets 108-99
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Seldom-used Pat Connaughton and a defensive switch sparked the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
And Connaughton didn't even score.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 14 rebounds and Milwaukee rallied to beat Charlotte 108-99 on Friday night, outscoring the Hornets 32-12 in the fourth quarter.
Malcolm Brogdon added 19 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18, and Khris Middleton 15 to help the Bucks improve to 35-12 with their sixth straight victory. They are 22-4 at home.
Bledsoe scores 30 points, Bucks hold off Magic 118-108
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eric Bledsoe made it easy for the Milwaukee Bucks and superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Bledsoe scored 30 points, Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Bucks won their fourth straight game, beating the Orlando Magic 118-108 on Saturday night.
Antetokounmpo has triple-double as Bucks crush Heat 124-86
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Held well below his season scoring average, Giannis Antetokounmpo found other ways to help the Milwaukee Bucks win.
Antetokounmpo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Bucks cruised past the Miami Heat 124-86 on Tuesday night.
Antetokounmpo, who averages nearly 27 points, took just nine shots as the Bucks benefited from having seven players score in double figures.
Harden, Capela lead Rockets to 125-113 win over Nuggets
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 32 points, Clint Capela added a career-high 31 and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 125-113 on Monday night.
P.J. Tucker set a career best with seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 21 points to help Houston win for the 12th time in 14 games. Capela had 19 points by halftime as Harden fed him again and again when Denver double-teamed him behind the 3-point line.
Bucks roll 144-112 in Budenholzer’s 1st game vs Hawks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The last thing the Milwaukee Bucks wanted on Friday was a grind-it-out game, with Eastern Conference rival Toronto coming to town the next night to complete a back-to-back set.
No need to worry in Mike Budenholzer's first game against his former team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in just 19 minutes, and the Bucks starters got plenty of rest in a 144-112 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Bucks’ Brogdon out again with hamstring issue
DETROIT (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is out for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.
Ersan Ilyasova is also missing Monday night's game at Detroit with a nose contusion. The Pistons are without guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear), forward Glenn Robinson III (left ankle sprain) and forward Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain).
Antetokounmpo matches career high with 44, Bucks beat Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo played as if he had a point to prove.
The Milwaukee star rebounded from his worst game of the season to match his career high with 44 points and the Bucks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-102 on Friday night despite missing two starters.
Two nights after being held to a season-low 12 points in a loss to Indiana, he was 14 of 19 from the field, made 16 of 21 foul shots, and had 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Middleton, Brogdon out for Bucks against Cavaliers
CLEVELAND (AP) — Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon, the second and fourth leading scorers for the Milwaukee Bucks, are out against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Middleton has a sprained right finger and Brogdon a sore left hamstring. Neither will play Friday night in the second matchup between the teams this week.
Cavaliers’ Thompson could miss month with sprained left foot
CLEVELAND (AP) — Tristan Thompson's strong season has stalled.
Cleveland's starting center could miss a month after spraining his left foot in Monday night's 108-92 loss at Milwaukee. Thompson has been playing at an All-Star level and has been one of the few bright spots for the struggling Cavaliers, who are 6-21 and already missing star forward Kevin Love.
Brogdon’s 3-pointers lift Bucks past Raptors 104-99
TORONTO (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon hit tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night.
Brogdon scored 18 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and matched a season high with 19 rebounds, and Brook Lopez had 19 points for the Bucks, the first team to beat Toronto twice this season.
Antetokounmpo has 19 points, Bucks beat Raptors 104-99
TORONTO (AP) — After playing a starring role down the stretch, Malcolm Brogdon called this Milwaukee's best performance of the season.
Brogdon hit tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds and the Bucks held on to beat Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night.
Antetokounmpo scores 36 points, Bucks hold off Bulls 116-113
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo kept doing his thing for the Milwaukee Bucks.
But he still needed a helping hand from teammate Khris Middleton, who sank a clutch 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to send the Bucks to a 116-113 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
Antetokounmpo had a season-high 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in an entertaining duel with former teammate Jabari Parker, who paced the Bulls with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Sans Freak, Bucks top Raptors to be last NBA undefeated team
MILWAUKEE (AP) — No Giannis Antetokounmpo, no problem for the Milwaukee Bucks.
With the way they're shooting from the 3-point line, the Bucks look like they can beat just about anybody in the NBA.
Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 19 points and the Bucks cruised without the injured Antetokounmpo to beat the Toronto Raptors 124-109 on Monday night in a showdown of the NBA's last undefeated teams.
Middleton leads balanced effort as Bucks beat Wolves 125-95
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First-year coach Mike Budenholzer brought his heavy reliance on 3-pointers to the Milwaukee Bucks this season, transforming a team not known for its prowess from beyond the arc.
The approach has taken hold and Milwaukee has tied the best start in franchise history.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points and 12 rebounds in just 23 minutes, Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points off the bench and the Bucks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-95 on Friday night.
Bucks acquire Meeks from Wizards, teams swap 2nd-rounders
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired suspended guard Jodie Meeks, a future second-round draft pick and cash from the Wizards, sending a future second-round pick back to Washington.
The NBA suspended Meeks in April for 25 games for a violation of the league's drug program. He has 19 games left on the suspension.
Giannis, Bucks beat Celtics 97-86 to force Game 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo asserted himself in the biggest game of his budding career with his team on the brink of playoff elimination.
Now it's on to Game 7 for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all game Saturday night in Boston.
Game 4 win shows importance of all the Bucks − not just Giannis Antetokounmpo − rising to the occasion
MILWAUKEE — This is how games are supposed to be decided in the NBA playoffs, with superstars making superstar-type plays at the end.
On Sunday at the Bradley Center, it was Giannis Antetokounmpo’s turn to be the difference-maker as his tip-in of Malcolm Brogdon’s missed runner with 5 seconds left gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 104-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, a had-to-have-it victory that evened the series at 2-2 heading back to Boston.
Tied up: Giannis’ tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After losing a 20-point lead to the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks were determined not to lose another playoff game.
Leave it to All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to come up with a big play in the final seconds on Sunday.
Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, including tipping in the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left, and the Bucks held on for a 104-102 win to tie their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Bucks starting center John Henson out for Game 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks starting center John Henson will miss the playoff game Friday night against the Boston Celtics with a sore back.
Seven-footer Tyler Zeller, who used to play for Boston, is listed as the probable starter. The Bucks trail Boston 2-0 in their best-of-seven, first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
Giannis back, Dellavedova cleared to return for Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are getting All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Matthew Dellavedova back from right ankle injuries for the regular-season finale at Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
Antetokounmpo has missed the last two games. Dellavedova's injury was more serious, sidelining him since Feb. 4.
Coach Joe Prunty said in Philadelphia that Dellavedova was cleared to return for the 76ers game.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Guard Malcolm Brogdon is returning to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night after missing 30 games with a left quadriceps injury, while All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss a second straight contest with a sore right ankle.
Coach Joe Prunty said before the game against the Orlando Magic that Brogdon would be limited to about 15 to 20 minutes off the bench.