Bucks rout Clips
MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo had plenty of time to relax and enjoy his 25th birthday Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds before exiting the game with 8:56 to play and his Milwaukee Bucks ahead by 36. The Bucks went on to win 119-91 and capture their 14th straight victory.
“The fans were unbelievable tonight ,’’ An te tokou nm po said. “They made me feel special. They made this day feel special. Usually a lot of people, their birthday, they celebrate, they go out, they do all that. But that’s not me. That’s not what I do. But the fans made it really special for me.’’
The reigning MVP made 11 of 20 shots and recorded his 21st double-double of the season.
“It was Giannis’ birthday and we searched all over the city to find a gift and we couldn’t find one, so we gave him this one,’’ Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s all I can come up with because we were awful.’’
The Bucks led by as many as 41 and extended their longest winning streak since winning 16 consecutive games over two seasons in 1973.
Khris Middleton added 17 points and Pat Connaughton and Ersan Ilyasova each scored 13 off the bench for Milwaukee.
Rivers pulled all of his key players out of the game with the Bucks leading 10167 with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. The group exited to the chant of “Overrated! Overrated!’’ from the Milwaukee crowd.
“We were just still stagnant at the beginning of the fourth,’’ Kawhi Leonard said.
“We weren’t really running anything, not executing. Coming down, taking shots early with no passes. So, I mean, I understand why he pulled us. Plus the lead was up high and we really didn’t have no type of momentum.’’
Leonard had 17 points and Paul George added 13 for the Clippers.