Giannis Antetokounmpo lifts Bucks over Devin Booker-led Phoenix Suns 129-108
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 19 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame Devin Booker’s 32 points to beat the Phoenix Suns 129-108 Sunday, Feb. 2.
Antetokounmpo reached the 30-point mark for the 26th time and has had at least 10 rebounds in 23 of those games. He fell one assist shy of his fifth triple-double this season for the second straight game.
Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, and Brook Lopez had 17 points. The Bucks shot 49.5% and made 15 of 38 from 3-point range.
DeAndre Ayton had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who shot 39% and made just 6 of 23 from deep. Phoenix has lost five of seven games.
Suns: G Ricky Rubio (right ankle), G Ty Jerome (left calf) and PF Dario Saric (ankle) sat out, leaving coach Monty Williams with just 11 players. … SF Elie Okobo made his third start of the season in place of Rubio, and PF Tariq Owens, PG Jalen Lecque and PG Jared Harper were recalled from Northern Arizona of the G-League. Frank Kaminsky and Aron Baynes also sat out. Baynes was active but remained on the sideline with a hip injury.
Bucks: PG Dante DiVincenzo returned after missing Milwaukee’s game Friday against Denver with a sprained left ankle, but the Bucks are still without George Hill, who also missed Friday’s game with a strained right hamstring. … With two free throws early in the opening quarter, Antetokounmpo tied Michael Redd for second on the franchise’s career list with 2,425. … Milwaukee scored at least 100 points for a 73rd consecutive game. … The Bucks are 27-1 following a loss since the start of last season.
Suns: A three-game road trip continues Monday night in Brooklyn. The Nets will be without injured star Kyrie Irving.
Bucks: After getting a day off Monday, the Bucks play Tuesday night against rookie Zion Williamson and the Pelicans in New Orleans.