An­te­tok­oun­mpo scores 33 as Bucks breeze past Hawks

Rome News-Tribune - - SPORTS - By Ge­orge Henry As­so­ci­ated Press

AT­LANTA — Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo was wary of a mid-af­ter­noon tip-off, con­cerned about a slug­gish start for the Mil­wau­kee Bucks.

“Usu­ally in games like this, early game, you come out a lit­tle bit lazy, and we’ve done that in the past,” he said. “I wanted to set a good tone.”

Took care of that prac­ti­cally by him­self.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 33 points, Khris Mid­dle­ton had 27 and the Bucks cruised to a 117-106 vic­tory over the out­manned At­lanta Hawks on Sun­day.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo also had 11 re­bounds and five as­sists. He went 14 for 21 from the field, scor­ing from all over the floor while help­ing Mil­wau­kee to its third win in its last four games.

He be­gan the game with 175 points, 53 re­bounds and 28 as­sists, the best start

by a player in NBA his­tory through his first five games.

“We came out, and Gian­nis was re­ally ag­gres­sive,” Bucks guard Mal­colm Brog­don said. “He got us off to a good start of­fen­sively and on the de­fen­sive end. We fol­lowed his lead.”

Den­nis Schroder fin­ished with 21 points and Tau­rean Prince had 17 for At­lanta, which has lost six straight. The Hawks have no in­side ex­pe­ri­ence or size this sea­son af­ter let­ting Paul Mill­sap and Al Hor­ford leave as free agents and trad­ing Dwight Howard to Char­lotte.

At­lanta was out­re­bounded by 12, never led and trailed by as much as 23 in the sec­ond and third.

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“They came out with en­ergy. We didn’t match it in the first five min­utes,” Schroder said. “In the sec­ond half we didn’t a bet­ter job de­fend­ing An­te­tok­oun­mpo, but we’ve got to play for 48 min­utes and be bet­ter.”

An­te­tok­oun­mpo, the NBA’s scor­ing leader with a 34.7 aver­age, had 13 of Mil­wau­kee’s first 20 points. Coach Ja­son Kidd rested him un­til mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, when his hard dunk made it 59-41.

The Bucks hit nine 3-point­ers in the first half, in­clud­ing four by Rashad Vaughn on six at­tempts. They fin­ished with sea­son highs in points and 3s (13).

Mil­wau­kee had such com­mand of the game that Kidd didn’t call a time­out un­til the Hawks trimmed the lead to 11 at the 7:42 mark of the fourth. John Hen­son hit a hook shot on Mil­wau­kee’s next pos­ses­sion to make it 98-85.

The Bucks dom­i­nated on both ends of the floor.

“Their de­fense is pretty in­sane,” Schroder said. “Af­ter the pick-and-roll, you try and pass it to the roller. It’s tough to get it to him.” the ex­tra min­utes in Mon­roe’s spot, fin­ish­ing with 12 points and three re­bounds in 21 min­utes. Vaughn sat on the bench the pre­vi­ous three games.

“It just shows you how ma­ture he has been in his work ethic,” Kidd said. “He’s ready to go. He an­swered the call to­day.”

Hawks: Mike Mus­cala started in place of F Er­san Ilyasova, who has missed three of the last four games with a left knee strain. Coach Mike Bu­den­holzer wouldn’t spec­u­late how long the team ex­pects him to be out. Mus­cala had 10 points and two re­bounds in 29 min­utes.

John Amis / The As­so­ci­ated Press

Mil­wau­kee for­ward Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo (left) and At­lanta for­ward Tau­rean Prince chase a loose ball dur­ing the first half of Sud­nay’s game in At­lanta.

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