ATLANTA (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 runs, Eric Bledsoe added 24 runs and 10 assists and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Hawks with 133-114 on Sunday in the return of Mike Budenholzer to Atlanta.
Khris Middleton ended with 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Bucks improve to 30-12, the second best in the NBA. Due to a loss in Washington that missed Antetokounmpo with injuries, Milwaukee is 12-0 after defeat and remained the only team in the league that did not drop consecutive games.
Budenholzer, who first appeared at State Farm Arena since leaving the Hawks last season, said before the game that he wished his former team, just as it is being rebuilt with John Collins, Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman. .
The Bucks are huge, especially thanks to the 6-foot-11, 242-pound Antetokounmpo, who scored 14 on free throws and had two dazzling assists early in the fourth. First he smothered Young to steal the ball and feed George Hill for a 3-pointer that made him 104-90 before adding a no-look drop-pass to D.J. The layout of Wilson for a lead of 16 points. He later hit a number of jumpers to make an advantage of 15 points.
Milwaukee has won 12 out of 15 dating to December 14. The Bucks started the day outscoring opponents by an NBA-leading 9.1 points per game.
Antetokounmpo showed no adverse effects after Friday sitting with the right pain of the quadriceps and a bruise on the left hip.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, right, is being fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, January 13, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)
Young finished with 26 points and DeAndre & Bembry added 18 for Atlanta, which dropped to 13-30. The Hawks have dropped six of the eight. Their 24 sales led to 34 points for Milwaukee.
Bucks: Antetokounmpo did a postgame jersey exchange with 41-year-old Hawks F Vince Carter. … G Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 runs and just missed his second free throw in 86 free throws this season. … Middleton started the day with an average of 20.4 points over his previous eight games.
Hawks: F Taurean Prince, the third leader of the team, came back after missing the last 18 games with a sprained ankle. On a minute limitation Prince had seven points and five rebounds in 11 minutes. … G Kent Bazemore, the team's second leader, missed eight consecutive games with an ankle injury.
Budenholzer said, "changing and moving is part of life" when asked about the abandonment of the Hawks. "Bending for about five years", Budenholzer said in the last season not hostile after a 24-58 final.
He was the NBA coach of the year in his second season, leading Atlanta to 60 wins and his first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. When head owner Tony Ressler bought the team and Danny Ferry came out as general manager, Budenholzer added the president of basketball operations to his title, but the Hawks made three bad moves that sent the organization back and accelerated the reconstruction.
Al Horford and Paul Millsap, two model team leaders, left as free agents after the Hawks decided not to trade them. Between that blunder, the team signed the mercury center Dwight Howard for a three-year contract, $ 70.5 million and was given away after one bad season.
Budenholzer said that he loves his work with the Bucks and wishes the hawks well.
"A rebuild – it's a tough job to be the owner of a rebuild, to be GM as a coach, these are heavy jobs, so I do not know who the right coach is," he said. "And I think they feel good about where they are and that is important to them. They have their direction, they know where they are going. I am very happy with our team, our front office and our selection. I am. "
Bucks: Host Miami on Tuesday.
Hawks: Host Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks center Alex Len (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in Atlanta. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)
Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) scores as Brook Lopez (11) of Milwaukee Bucks and Ersan Ilyasova (77) defending in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in Atlanta. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)
Chief Inspector of Atlanta Hawks, Lloyd Pierce reacts on the sidelines in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Sunday, January 13, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / John Bazemore)
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