MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo took eight days off and missed back-to-back video games to handle continual ache in his proper knee.
“I undoubtedly felt misplaced as a result of that is what I like to do, to play video games,” Antetokounmpo mentioned.
The All-Star ahead returned to the lineup Friday night time, scoring 41 factors and including 13 rebounds to assist the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-91.
He sealed it late, dribbling between his legs earlier than hitting a jumper over Quincy Acy and drawing a foul. Antetokounmpo made the free throw, and hit a Three-pointer on the following possession.
“If I am open I’ll shoot it,” Antetokounmpo mentioned. “I’ll float of the sport.”
Khris Middleton added 21 factors for the Bucks of their second sport since coach Jason Kidd was fired Monday. Additionally they beat the Nets for the ninth consecutive time.
“We’re rising. We’re out right here having enjoyable,” Middleton mentioned. “So long as we play unselfishly, we’re a really harmful workforce.”
DeMarre Carroll and D’Angelo Russell had 14 factors apiece for Brooklyn.
“Complete domination by the Bucks,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson mentioned. “I believed they have been higher at each place.”
Milwaukee constructed a 28-point first-half lead. Brooklyn, which had simply 35 factors on the half, scored 37 within the third quarter and acquired inside seven factors late within the interval.
“Power and enthusiasm must be there and we want it each sport,” Milwaukee coach Joe Prunty mentioned. “Within the third quarter, we had a bit of little bit of a lull.”
The Nets, coming off a one-point loss to Oklahoma Metropolis on Tuesday night time, struggled offensively all through the primary half, connecting on simply 26 p.c of their photographs, together with four of 20 from Three-point vary. Milwaukee led 58-35 on the half.
“I am dissatisfied. I felt that after Oklahoma Metropolis we would are available in right here and provides a greater effort,” Atkinson mentioned. “That wasn’t the case. I believed our shot choice was, stop truthfully, very poor. We weren’t sharing the ball.”
The Bucks opened on a 16-2 run and led 33-15 after the quarter, led by Antetokounmpo with 11 factors.