CLEVELAND (AP) — The Bucks are staggering to the finish line of a special regular season.
Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss his second straight game with a sprained right...
Bucks beat Lakers 115-101; Antetokounmpo, James sit out
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Billed as a battle of All-Star captains, the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers instead took the court Tuesday night without their respective franchise players.
Antetokounmpo, James sit out Bucks-Lakers matchup
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokoumpo and LeBron James, who served as competing All-Star captains, both will miss Tuesday night's game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles...
Bucks sign guard Eric Bledsoe to extension
PHOENIX (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Eric Bledsoe to a contract extension.
Bledsoe, 29, is averaging 15.9 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for the East-leading...
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...
Bucks star Antetokounmpo misses game with sore right knee
CHICAGO (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Monday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore right knee.
Middleton, Antetokounmpo lead Bucks past T-Wolves 140-128
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Despite his team's latest win, Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer thought it was a subpar performance.
Khris Middleton scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half,...
Antetokounmpo helps Bucks outlast Bulls 112-99
CHICAGO (AP) — The Greek Freak was back in action — and the rest of the Milwaukee Bucks eventually got rolling to pull out a win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and had 17 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added 19 points and Milwaukee came on late to outlast the pesky Chicago Bulls 112-99 on Monday night.
Playing without Antetokounmpo, Bucks lose to Magic 103-83
MILWAUKEE (AP) — With Giannis Antetokounmpo on the bench in street clothes, the Milwaukee Bucks had their lowest scoring output of the season and fell flat.
"We'll probably throw this one in the trash can and move on," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "We just didn't have it tonight."
Budenholzer, Malone finding their way to the All-Star Game
Milwaukee didn't get out of the first round of the playoffs last year. Denver didn't even get into the first round of the playoffs, its postseason hopes thwarted by a loss in the last game of the regular season.
Mike Budenholzer clinches spot as All-Star Game coach
TORONTO (AP) — Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff are heading to the All-Star Game.
The Bucks' 105-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night clinched the spot for Budenholzer, who will coach in the All-Star Game for the second time in five years. He also coached in 2015, when he was with the Atlanta Hawks.
Bucks beat Pistons 115-105 and improve to 13-0 after a loss
DETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbeatable after a loss.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league's only team without two straight setbacks.
Antetokounmpo has 31 points as Bucks beat Mavericks 116-106
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks' offense as usual Monday, with a little help from Brook Lopez's blossoming long-range shooting.
On the other end of the floor, Lopez helped Milwaukee clamp down in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.
Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds, Lopez had five blocks and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106.
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.
Antetokounmpo leads the way, Bucks win Budenholzer’s return
ATLANTA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had just one rebound in the first half as the Bucks lost the battle of the boards by 16.
Milwaukee took charge of the game in the second half with Khris Middleton and Antetokounmpo exerting their will in the paint.
"We played a little bit harder, moved the ball and we did a better job of rebounding," Antetokounmpo said. "Running and getting to our spots, knocking down shots. That's it."
Giannis sits for Bucks vs. Wizards with hip, quad injuries
WASHINGTON (AP) — Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of the Bucks' game Friday night against the Washington Wizards because of right quadriceps soreness and a left hip contusion.
It will be the third game Antetokounmpo has missed this season. The 6-foot-11 player from Greece is averaging 26.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists and has emerged as an MVP candidate in his sixth season. The Bucks entered Friday with the best record in the Eastern Conference.
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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.
Giannis, surging Bucks end 2018 with NBA’s best record
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dynamic offense jump-started the Milwaukee Bucks' season. Tighter defense has propelled them to the best record in the NBA.
The Bucks are 15 games over .500, an impressive beginning for Mike Budenholzer's tenure as Milwaukee's head coach.
Now comes the tough part: staying on top.
"At the end of the day, we can't be satisfied," forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. "We're the No. 1 team in the East, but we got to keep pushing."
True, there are no championships awarded in December.
Antetokounmpo paces Bucks past Knicks to home-and-home sweep
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo held down his usual spot atop the stat sheet, though his most important contribution was keeping his cool.
Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Khris Middleton added 25 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 112-96 on Thursday night for their sixth win in seven games.
Antetokounmpo was assessed a technical foul, but remained in the game after a brief altercation midway through the fourth quarter with Enes Kanter, who was ejected.
Antetokounmpo scores 25 as Bucks beat Pelicans 123-115
MILWAUKEE (AP) — As usual, Giannis Antetokounmpo put up the big numbers. But it was D.J. Wilson and his fellow reserves who caught the eye of first-year Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer.
Antetokounmpo had 25 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Bucks got a big effort from their bench Wednesday night in a hard-fought 123-115 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
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.
Antetokounmpo, Oladipo expected back for Bucks-Pacers game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers will both be at full strength Wednesday night when All-Stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Victor Oladipo return to the court.
Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee's star forward, sat out Monday's game with neck soreness. Coach Mike Budenholzer said he expects the Eastern Conference's leading scorer to start. Antetokounmpo averages 26.5 points.
Oladipo, the Pacers' star guard, returns after missing 11 consecutive games with soreness in his right knee.
Bledsoe scores 27, leads Bucks to 115-92 win over Pistons
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The formula for success in Milwaukee doesn't always have to revolve around the high-scoring duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Eric Bledsoe matched his season high with 27 points and Antetokounmpo added 15 as the Bucks rolled to a 115-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Bucks use huge second half to rout Bulls 123-104
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was seething over what he perceived as a lackadaisical effort in the first half Friday night and unloaded on his team at halftime.
Eric Bledsoe scored 25 points, Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo each added 23 points and the Bucks erased a 22-point deficit and beat the Chicago Bulls 123-104.
McCollum scores 40 as Trail Blazers beat Bucks 118-103
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In search of his jump shot, CJ McCollum watched every single 3-pointer he took last season looking for what he lost.
Fortunately for the Portland Trail Blazers, he found it.
McCollum scored 40 points and Portland beat Milwaukee 118-103 on Tuesday night to hand the Bucks their second loss in 10 games this season.
Antetokounmpo gets a triple-double as Bucks rout Kings
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is taking his game to another level.
He had his second triple-double this season with 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Milwaukee Bucks rout the Sacramento Kings 144-109 on Sunday.
"A great win for the team," Antetokounmpo said, deflecting any sense of personal satisfaction. "When I drove the ball, they were wide open. I passed it, and they knocked down everything."
Shoot it! Bucks looking for franchise-best 8-0 start
MILWAUKEE (AP) — On the first day of preseason camp, the Milwaukee Bucks' practice court featured squares on the floor made of blue tape at five roughly equidistant points just behind the 3-point arc. They marked proper spacing in first-year coach Mike Budenholzer's offensive system.
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.
Antetokounmpo’s triple-double leads Bucks past 76ers 123-108
MILWAUKEE (AP) — After a cold start, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks offense again roared to life, including a near-record output in the second quarter.
Before celebrating the scoring outburst, coach Mike Budenholzer wanted to talk about his team's second-half defense after a 123-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Antetokounmpo, Middleton help Bucks beat Pacers 118-101
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo's inside game is setting up the Bucks' new-look, long-range attack.
Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Khris Middleton added 25 points to help Milwaukee beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101 on Friday night in the regular-season opener in the new Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks hoisted up a franchise-record 47 3-point attempts.
New coach Lloyd Pierce set to begin 1st year with Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Lloyd Pierce is hardly expecting a smooth ride in his first season as a head coach.
His Atlanta Hawks have begun a major rebuilding job. They have no star player, their point guard is a 20-year-old rookie, and their roster depth is suspect.
"Our margin of error to start when you have a new team, a new staff, is very slim," Pierce said. "So we need to try to get on the same page as early and often as we can."
Expectations rise as Giannis, Bucks move into new arena
MILWAUKEE (AP) — In his never-ending quest to improve, Giannis Antetokounmpo connected in the offseason with one of the NBA's retired greats.
No way was the Milwaukee Bucks star going to be late for a summer workout with Kobe Bryant.
But showing up three hours early? That sends a message.
It's all part of an effort by Antetokounmpo to help get the Bucks take another step in the postseason.
Smashing debut: Giannis, Bucks cruise in new arena’s opener
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks put on a smashing opening-night performance at their new arena.
Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-82 on Wednesday night in the first game at the Fiserv Forum.
The Bucks had the look of contenders under new coach Mike Budenholzer, scoring 63 points in the first half of their preseason opener and leading by as much as 34 points.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — New Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer is filling his staff with assistants who worked with him while he was with the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bucks named Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins, Charles Lee, Ben Sullivan and Patrick St. Andrews as assistant coaches.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Preparing for Giannis Antetokounmpo kept Mike Budenholzer up at night.
Now, one of the NBA's budding superstars will be on Budenholzer's side after the former Atlanta Hawks coach was formally introduced on Monday as the new leader of the Milwaukee Bucks.
"It was miserable coaching against him and I'm so happy to be (saying), '34's on my team?'" Budenholzer said, referring to Antetokounmpo's jersey number. "That's like really cool.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach.
A person familiar with the search had told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks had reached an agreement with Budenholzer, the former Atlanta Hawks coach. The Bucks made the official announcement Thursday.
A person familiar with the search tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks have reached an agreement with Mike Budenholzer to become the team's next coach.
The 2015 NBA Coach of the Year will replace Joe Prunty, the former assistant who went 21-16 in the regular season after replacing the fired Jason Kidd in late January.
ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk on Thursday described coach Mike Budenholzer's exit as "harmonious" and "as mutual as parting can be."
Schlenk also said the decision, finalized and announced late Wednesday , came after many discussions with Budenholzer and was not based on just one factor.
Mike Budenholzer out as coach of Atlanta Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Budenholzer wanted to coach elsewhere. The Atlanta Hawks finally agreed it's a good idea.
The Hawks and Budenholzer mutually agreed to part ways Wednesday in a move announced by the team in a three-sentence statement.
The decision was not totally unexpected as Budenholzer was granted permission to interview with other teams even though he is under contract with the Hawks for two more seasons.
Atlanta Hawks learn firsthand just how ‘impressive’ Karl-Anthony Towns can be
Before the Timberwolves 126-114 victory at Target Center on Wednesday, Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer called Karl-Anthony Towns a unique player because of his ability to score at his size from nearly anywhere on the court.
And until a couple of hours later, he perhaps really had no true idea
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dennis Schroder was unstoppable on the offensive end but felt like he could do more.
He asked Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer for a defensive switch so he could guard Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell down the stretch.
"I want to prove myself on the defensive end ... against the best guys," said Schroder, who scored a career-high 41 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Hawks stunned the Utah Jazz 99-94 on Tuesday night.
Howard dominates inside as Hornets beat Hawks 129-117
ATLANTA (AP) — Dwight Howard insists he holds no grudges against the Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer.
They traded him to Charlotte after one forgettable season, but Howard, in his 14th season and with his third team in three years, believes it made him a better player.
"It motivated me to just come back this season with a different mindset," he said. "Play with more confidence and stuff like that, so thank you, Bud."
Schroder scores 33, hits big 3 as Hawks beat Mavericks
ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored every which way Saturday night.
The point guard equaled his career high with 33 points, including 27 in the second half, to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-107 in a matchup of last-place teams.
After missing Friday night's loss at Oklahoma City with a sprained ankle, Schroder hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:21 left to put Atlanta ahead 110-107.
Prince, Schroder lead Hawks to 110-104 win over Heat
ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer keeps encouraging Taurean Prince to shoot more often.
The NBA's worst team needs as much offense as it can get.
"We're wanting him to shoot a lot — catch and shoot, shoot whenever he's got daylight, driving and finishing," Budenholzer said. "I think his defense has improved here recently. He's just in a good place. He's playing well."
Prince scored 24 points, Dennis Schroder added 23 and Atlanta beat the injury-riddled Miami Heat 110-104 on Monday night.
Bazemore, Ilyasova lead Hawks past Magic, 117-110
ATLANTA (AP) — Ersan Ilyasova was flawless almost from start to finish Saturday night, and Kent Bazemore was perfect in the final minute for the Atlanta Hawks. They needed it to overcome Nikola Vucevic's first career triple-double.
Schroder scores 26, Hawks beat Knicks 116-104
ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been waiting for his young team to notch a signature home victory against a quality opponent.
Now Budenholzer has a teaching point to use for the rest of a long season ahead.
"Of course we'd like to start better than giving up 39 in the first quarter," Budenholzer said. "But defensively we found a way to get better. Guys played harder, competed better. The offense maintained itself throughout the game."
Aldridge leads Spurs to 20th straight home win over Hawks
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson are keeping the short-handed San Antonio Spurs going.
Aldridge had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Anderson had another solid game in place of Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs held off the Atlanta Hawks 96-85 on Monday night.
"LaMarcus kind of took his game to another level," Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said.
The Hawks lost their 20th straight game in San Antonio, a skid spanning 20 years.