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The Milwaukee Bucks pulled out the win over the Los Angeles Lakers to secure just their second home victory in what has been a very shaky start to the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo exploded for a season high 47 points in the Bucks 109-102 win at Fiserv Forum.

Both teams with slow starts to season

Both teams came into Wednesday’s game between the last two NBA champions drastically underperforming. The Lakers weren’t able to take advantage of an easy early schedule in which they played 12 of their first 15 games at home. The Lakers hit the road for the first of a five game East coast swing.

If any team have been more disappointing than the Lakers to start the season, it has been the defending champions. The Bucks have been dealing with injuries and COVID, but they got some good news before the game when it was announced Khris Middleton was returning after recovering from COVID.

LeBron misses tenth game

While the Bucks got a big boost with the addition of Middleton, the Lakers were left without LeBron James for a tenth straight game.

Middleton got off to a cold start in his return to action, but it was no problem for the Bucks who were led from the start by their Greek superstar. Antetokounmpo got off to a blazing start, scoring 17 points in the first quarter.

Middleton level with Ray Allen for most Buck's threes

Bobby Portis came to life in the second quarter and help give the Bucks a lead they would not give up until late in the third quarter. The Laker lead lasted only moments as Milwaukee as Middleton scored 10 quick points to end the third and begin the fourth quarter. On his second and final three pointer of the game he tied Ray Allen for the most three pointers made in franchise history.

A big Pat Connaughton deep ball and a couple of back-to-back and-1’s for Giannis secured the win for the Bucks late in the fourth quarter.

With no Brook Lopez, Milwaukee played a zone defense for much of the game to try to limit Anthony Davis and the rest of the Lakers big guys, and it worked wonders for Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks held Davis to 19 points  while edging LA 52-48 on the rebounding end.

Giannis: 47 points on 23 shots

The Greek Freak flirted with perfection in his 47 point performance shooting 18-23 from the field, while Middleton had 16 points and 6 assists in his return.

The Bucks improve to 7-8 on the year while the Lakers fall to .500 at 8-8. LA will carry on with their five game road trip, and all indications point to LeBron returning for the Lakers next game against the Celtics. The Bucks are back home for the next four games and will be hoping to come out of that stretch with a winning record.

Is Bobby Portis the most loved guy in Milwaukee?

I think were at the point where we take these sort of perormances form Giannis for granted. He had 47 points and 9 rebounds, but games like tonight's area almost expected from his now.

Khris Middleton is now tied with Ray Allen for most three pointers made in Bucks history.

Giannis went 18/23 from the field and hit three of four from behind the arc.

Bobby had 17 in the first half

Giannis with the early three to get him going on his 47 point night.

The was only the second Bucks win on their home floor this season. It came at a much needed time for the defending champs

102-109

The Bucks run out of the clock and get a much needed win!!!

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Giannis hits both and the Bucks are back up by 7. The Green is three points away from 50!!

102-107

The Lakers start to foul with under 30 seconds left, and Giannis will go to the line where he's 6/9 tonight

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Westbrook and HTH with a couple quick buckets and the Lakers cut the lead to 6 with a minute left.

97-107

Giannis with another and 1 and the Bucks spread the lead back to 10 after the three point play

Under 3 to go in the fourth quarter and the Bucks are in control

95-104

Giannis on a jump hook, gets fouled and drops the bucket. FT is good for the Greek and he's fot 42.

95-101

Middleton gets fouled on the long two point shot, that looked one of those that the NBA is trying to avoid where the offensive player looks to draw contact on the jump shot.

Middleton makes both FTs.

 

93-99

5 minutes to go in the fourth quarter! Bucks lead by 9 after Monk's finish at the rim.

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Connaughton in the corner for three and the Bucks lead by 7

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Davis with a mid range jumper to cut into the lead. Timeout Lakers with 7:14 to go in the fourth quarter.

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MIddleton with two in a row!! And Middleton ties Ray Allen for most three pointers made in Bucks history.

Timeout Lakers with 8:42 to go in the fourth

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Middleton gets his first three ball of the game three minutes into the fourth quarter

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LA sat into a zone in that third quarter and cut into the lead. Fourth quarter coming up

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The third quarter comes to an end with the Bucks up by 2.

Milwaukee led by as many as 12, but the Lakers closed the gap and even took the lead

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Middleton with a couple quick jumpers and he might be getting warmed up heading into the fourth quarter.

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Connaughton stops the Lakers run with a three ball and the Bucks take the lead back quickly

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Davis gets the mid ranger and LA lead for the first time since it was 36-35

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A 7-0 run by the Lakers has cut the Bucks lead to one and Milwaukee will take a timeout.

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Davis with a staredown of the ref after finishing the fast break with a dunk and receiving some contact from the attempted block from Giannis.

He's got to be careful, he got ejected last game against the Bulls.

70-74

HTH hits another, and the Lakers are on a 6-0 run

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Anthony out of the timeout with a three ball

Giannis with a three ball, and then Allen hits one right after! 60-72 Bucks lead.

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The Lakers start off going after the rack. HTH and Davis with a few buckets around the basket.

Start of 3rd Q

The Lakers had 22 points in the paint in the first half, Giannis had 20.

Davis has been quiet, but he's got plenty of time to come to life in the second half.

Chants of Bobby! Bobby! rang out around the Fiserv Forum all half long.

Giannis showing the range! He's 2/2 from deep and 12/13 from the field.

Bobby got off to a nice start in route to 17 first half points

Halftime

Westbrook leads the Lakers with 14 points while Horton-Tucker has 10.

Davis has 8 points on 4/8 shooting

Halftime

Giannis had a season high 28 points on 12/13 in the first half.

Bobby Portis coming in big with 17 points in the opening two quarters

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The first half come to a close and it's the Milwaukee Bucks up 63-54.

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Giannis with a three ball! and he's got 28 points in the half

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Portis is eating on the offensive boards!!! A couple straight offensive and gets the put back to go.

50-55

Giannis has 25 points and he's got his best half of the season.

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Connaughton fouled on the three ball by Davis and the Bucks sharp shooter hits two of three

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Giannis now has over 20 with 5 minutes to go in the half.

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The Bucks are using a zone against Howard and Davis, since Brook Lopez is out with a back injury. The Bucks don't have too much in terms of depth at center.

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Portis with 5 straight points and the Bucks are on an 8-2 run that will force the Lakers to take a timeout

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THT on the reverse and the Lakers lead only for a moment. Bobby Portis give the lead right back with a dunk down the lane.

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Anthony bails out Middleton by fouling him on a three point shot and let's see if comes to life after seeing three free throws go down.

Middleton has started 0-4 from the field, and he looks a little out of rythym

Start of 2nd

Giannis was 7/8 from the field and 2/3 from the line for 17 points in the opening quarter

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Rondo ends the quarter with a three ball to give the Lakers the lead at the end of the first quarter.

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Davis fighting down low to get to the iron and LA is looking like they're having to work a little harder to get their baskets right now.

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Middleton to the line, and he gets his first points of the game after splitting the free throws.

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Giannis head to the bench for the final minute of the first quarter and he's got 17 points already.

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The Bucks take their first lead with a three ball from the top of the key. And Giannis showing all the work he did with his shot in the offseaon is paying off.

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Middleton has yet to get going, understandable after a long time out

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Connaughton is starting to warm up, he's got a couple three balls and the Lakers need a timeout after an 11-4 run

22-18

Giannis going to the bucket strong, and there's no stopping him once he starts charging to the bucket. He's got 11 points already

18-10

Horton-Tucker drops the three, and the Lakers have started 6-8 from downtown

13-10

Portis posting up Westbrook gets the bucket, and 1. He's the first Buck to score not named Giannis.

Timeout with under 7 to go in the first quarter.

13-8

Giannis in tranisition this time, and he's got all 8 Milwaukee points.

8-4

Giannis with a couple straight buckets

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Giannis stops the cold streak with a big slam

5-0

Westbrook with a three ball, while the Bucks have started 0-4 from the field.

How will Middleton comeout after missing so many games with COVID?

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Davis gets the first bucket of the game for the Lakers. He got tossed in the last game against the Bulls

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The last two NBA Champions going toe-to-toe. We are underway from Fiserv Forum.

Star Watch:

Anthony Davis leads the Lakers with 24.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg, and 2.9 apg.

Giannis is averaging 26.5 ppg, 11.3 rpg, and 6 apg.

No LeBron for the Lakers, but there is plenty of star power in their Starting five.

We are just minutes away from tip off at Fiserv Forum!!

According to Bet365.com the Bucks are 9 point favorites with the Over/Under at 225.5

Here is the home teams starting five

Middleton is back after 8 games out.

Giannis is off to a good start, even though the Bucks aren't

Jrue with the drip

Even more reason to cheer the Lakers if you're in LA

The Lakers haven't been great, but here's a look back of their greatest plays of the week.

The King is in the house. He may not be playing, but he's in the house

The Lakers going with the purple jerseys.

Middleton back from COVID

Khris Middleton has missed the last eight games after testing positive for COVID, but returns tonight giving Giannis Antetokounmpo a break from having to shoulder the  scoring burden.

No Lopez, no party

The Bucks center has played in only one game this season, and Milwaukee’s struggles have shown just how important Lopez’s presence is in the paint. Mike Budenholzer has used Bobby Portis, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo as his big, but to no avail.

Title hangerover is real

It has been far from a dream start to the season for the defending champions who have started the year 6-8 and are dealing with a handful of injured players. Brooks Lopez has been sidelined with a back injury.

LeBron on bench for 10th game

LeBron will miss tonight’s game although the Lakers are optimistic that he will be available for the second game of the road trip against the Boston Celtics. LA is 4-5 in the nine games LeBron has missed.

Davis: We suck

Just ask Anthony Davis, who told reporters “We suck.” He went on to say “We’re not winning a championship the way were playing” after the Lakers took a 121-103 loss to the Bulls on Monday night.

LA's reasons for rough start

You can blame injuries, LeBron James has missed nine games already this year. You can blame a new team with no identity, the offseason revamping of the Lakers roster has been taken it’s toll on Frank Vogel and the rest of the team. You can blame an overdose of ego and star power, with Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo and Russell Westbrook joining LeBron and Anthony Davis managing personalities will be just as difficult as the X’s and O’s. But the simple fact is that the Lakers are not playing well.

Lakers hit the road

The Lakers begin an East coast swing after a playing 12 of their first 15 games at the Staples Center. Despite their schedule being pretty light, Los Angeles is just 8-7 going into their first real road trip.

Lakers vs. Bucks

Hello everyone and welcome to the Fiserv Forum where the Los Angeles Lakers hit the road to take on the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks tonight. AS English will be keeping you covered with live scores, stats, highlights and analysis from tonight’s showcase game in the NBA.

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