Antetokounmpo scores 27, Bucks beat Bulls 110-96
CHICAGO — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 110-96 on Sunday.
The All-Star forward added nine rebounds and eight assists to help the Bucks improve to 3-0 since interim coach Joe Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd.
Khris Middleton added 20 points and seven rebounds. Jason Terry came off the bench to score a season-high 12 points, nailing four of Milwaukee’s 13 3-pointers.
The Bucks shot just over 53 percent overall for the game and used a big second quarter to build a 19-point halftime lead, sending Chicago to its fourth straight loss.
Denzel Valentine scored 18 for the Bulls. Lauri Markkanen added 17 points and 10 rebounds, but Zach LaVine had another rough outing. The two-time slam dunk champion finished with six points on 2-of-11 shooting in his eighth game back from a torn ACL in his left knee, after going 3 of 17 in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
The Bucks took a 61-42 lead to the locker room after outscoring Chicago 35-22 in the second quarter.
Milwaukee got back-to-back 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the period from the 40-year-old Terry and bumped the lead to 20 near the end of the half.
Sterling Brown and Middleton nailed 3s and a cutting Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk to make it 56-36. The Bucks then shook off 3s for Chicago by Valentine and Nikola Mirotic, with former Bull Tony Snell hitting one of his own and Antetokounmpo burying a turnaround jumper from around the foul line to make it a 19-point game.
Bucks: F Jabari Parker said he expects to know a target date this week for his return from the second major knee surgery of his young career. The Chicago product played 2-on-2 on Saturday and had “a good workout” prior to Sunday’s game. Parker, the second overall pick in the 2014 draft, was averaging 20.1 points when he tore his left ACL in a game against Houston on Feb. 8, 2017. It was his second major injury to that knee in three seasons. He had surgery six days later, and the Bucks said it would take a year for him to return. … G Malcolm Brogdon missed his second consecutive game because of a sore right calf.
Bulls: The Bulls don’t have a timeline on when G Kris Dunn will return from a concussion. He missed his fifth game in a row. … Chicago had won three in a row against Milwaukee.
Bucks: Host Philadelphia on Monday.
Bulls: Visit Portland on Wednesday.