Antetokounmpo lifts Bucks over Booker-led Suns 129-108

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have lost 28 games since the start of last season. Only once did they follow one defeat with another.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 19 rebounds, and the Bucks rebounded yet again by beating the Phoenix Suns 129-108 last Sunday — two days after a loss to Denver.

“A good response,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Not our best, but a steady, good response.”

Antetokounmpo reached the 30-point mark for the 26th time, and fellow All-Star Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Brook Lopez added 17 points, and the Bucks shot 49.5 per cent and made 15 of 38 from three-point range.

Devin Booker scored 32 points and spurred a third-quarter surge by Phoenix, and the deficit dropped to nine when DeAndre Ayton dropped a hook shot with 3:51 left in the quarter. Milwaukee responded with three straight three-pointers — including back-to-back from Donte DiVincenzo — to snuff out the rally.

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drives against Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton. PHOTO: AP