Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 pts, and the Milwaukee Bucks took advantage of Grayson Allen’s hot start to beat Dallas 124-115 last Sunday, handing the Mavs their fourth loss.
Allen scored 22 pts in the game’s first 17.5 minutes and went 7-for-7 from beyond the arc, tying his career high in 3-point percentage. According to the source, Allen has the highest half-court 3-point rate with no turnovers over the past 25 seasons.
Allen scored a season-high 25 points on 8-for-10 shooting, including 7-for-8 from 3-point range. The Bucks shot 55.8% from the field and 17 of 37 from beyond the arc, a season-high three-point percentage.
Luka Doncic had 27 points, 12 rebounds, & five assists for the Dallas Mavericks, who lost despite shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 pts, and Christian Wood had 21.
The Mavericks played their second straight night after a 105-100 loss to Toronto on Saturday.
Jrue Holiday scored 16 pts, Bobby Portis 15, Jevon Carter 14, & Brook Lopez 13. Antetokounmpo had 11 rebounds, Portis added 10, and Milwaukee was up 6-1 against the West team.
Milwaukee hit its first seven field goals, including four from 3-point range, for an 18-5 lead that included a 13-0 run.
The Bucks led 73-62 at halftime after scoring the most points in any half this season.
The Mavericks cut the Bucks’ lead to 86-85 on Dinwiddie’s layup through the 3rd quarter, but Carter responded with a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run.
Milwaukee broke the game by scoring 11 straight pts early in the 4th quarter to extend its lead to 115-97. The Milwaukee Bucks maintained a double-digit advantage until the last minute.
Reggie Bullock sat out because the Mavericks opted to rest rather than play him for the second straight night. Bullock is just 4-of-23 from beyond the arc in his past five games. Tim Hardaway Jr. started the season.
Pat Connaughton missed his third game of the season in the Bucks’ 117-102 win over the Cavaliers on Friday due to a non-COVID illness. Connaughton missed Bucks’ first 15 games with a strained right calf. Khris Middleton assigns to the NBA G League’s Wisconsin Herd for the second time as the three-time All-Star recovers from offseason wrist surgery. Middleton has yet to play this season. “It’s another opportunity for guys who didn’t open gyms, didn’t have training camp,” Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. “It takes a lot to play an NBA game. He’s making good progress.”