Giannis scores 27 as Bucks beat Hawks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 14 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-115 on Sunday night to snap a two-game losing streak.
Antetokounmpo had eight assists, finishing two shy of a triple-double.
Bobby Portis added 21 points, and Khris Middleton had 19 for Milwaukee.
De'Andre Hunter led Atlanta with a career-high 33 points. John Collins had 30 points, but the short-handed Hawks saw their three-game winning streak end.
The Hawks were without two key starters, leading scorer Trae Young (back spasms) and center Clint Capela (sore right hand). Rajon Rondo replaced Young in the starting lineup. Rookie center Onyeka Okongwu made his first career start.
The Bucks outscored the Hawks in the paint 60-30 and had a 51-38 advantage in rebounds.
Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce called a timeout after Milwaukee took a 9-2 lead. The substitution of Solomon Hill for Okongwu didn't help as the Bucks quickly extended the lead to 10 points at 16-6.
Milwaukee's lead was 24 points at 58-36 in the second quarter.
The Hawks narrowed the deficit in the third period.
Okongwu's block of a shot by Bobby Portis set up Hunter's apparent 46-foot 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the third period. Following a lengthy review, officials ruled the shot came after time expired, leaving the Bucks with a 94-83 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Hawks: Young had a heating pad strapped to his back as he watched from the Hawks bench. ... Okongwu has four points in his starting debut came after only three appearances as a reserve. ... Rondo had seven points and six assists. ... Capela was coming off his first career triple-double, including a career-high 10 blocks, Friday night in a victory over Minnesota.
Bucks: F Torrey Craig wore a clear facemask in his return after missing nine games with a fractured nose suffered on Dec. 27 at the New York Knicks. He had four points in 13 minutes. ... Jrue Holiday had 15 points.
Hawks: Host Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night.
Bucks: Face Toronto on Wednesday night in Tampa, Florida.
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