• Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Bucks top OKC for franchise-record 9th in a row at opener of the year

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Nov 6, 2022

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 25 points and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their season-opening winning streak to a franchise-record nine games with Giannis Antetokounmpo on the bench, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 108- 94 Saturday night.

Antetokounmpo was absent for the first time this season. He was listed as “doubtful” with left knee pain after recording his first triple-double of the season a night earlier in Minnesota. He did not perform a warm-up before the game, and head coach Mike Budenholzer said before that game that the league’s second-leading scorer with 32.6 points per game would have the night off.

With Antetokounmpo out, Lopez led Milwaukee on 10 of 16 shots that included four of the Bucks’ 17 3-point shots. Jevon Carter and Grayson Allen each added five 3s and finished with 18 points and 19 points, respectively. Bobby Portis notched the fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 21 rebounds. Jrue Holiday also finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points and 13 assists.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 7 of 16 shots and led Oklahoma City with 18 points. Josh Giddey scored 15 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 12.

After finishing the first quarter tied at 34, the Thunder trailed to 24 before hitting four 3-pointers in the closing minutes of the third. Oklahoma City opened the fourth on a 7-2 run that cut Milwaukee’s lead to 95-85 with 10:22 remaining.

The Bucks responded with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to put the game away.

TIPS

Thunder: The loss was Oklahoma City’s third in four road games this season. … Gilgeous-Alexander entered the match with an average of 32.3 points, good for third place in the league and just 0.3 points behind Antetokounmpo.

Bucks: While Antetokounmpo was out for the first time this season, first-round pick MarJon Beauchamp got his first career start Saturday night.

NEXT

Thunder: At Detroit Piston on Monday.

Bucks: At the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

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