Bucks win but Giannis misses fifth straight game


The Milwaukee Bucks snapped their three-game losing streak Sunday night in Orlando but had to do it once again without two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Led by Khris Middleton’s 21 points on 8-13 shooting, the Bucks beat the Magic 124-87 at the Amway Center to improve to 33-20 on the season.

''He's the ultimate professional, so consistent, a great scorer and he does it in a lot of different ways,'' Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said of Middleton after the game. ''I think, at the same time, he's a great leader. He's really taken on a more impactful leadership role. The scoring and the threes, everybody sees, but I like how he's taken on leadership.''

As for Antetokounmpo, he worked out with the team prior to Sunday’s game but still did not play. He continues to be considered “day-to-day” with a sore knee that has new kept him out of five consecutive games.

The Bucks ow travel to Minnesota for a Wednesday night game against the Timberwolves (14-40).