Giannis makes roaring return

ROCKY WIDNER/agence france-presse GIANNIS Antetokounmpo marks his return with a 46-point performance to power the Milwaukee Bucks to a 133-124 win over the Sacramento Kings.

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from injury with a vengeance on Monday, scoring 46 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a come-from-behind 133-124 victory over the in-form Sacramento Kings.

A tense duel in Sacramento ended with tempers flaring as the Bucks’ Brook Lopez and Sacramento’s Trey Lyles clashed angrily in the closing seconds, sparking a mass melee and the ejection of both players.

Antetokounmpo finished with 12 rebounds and four assists in addition to his 46 points as the Bucks found their scoring touch in the third and fourth quarters to pile up 80 second-half points.

Two-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Antetokounmpo had missed the Bucks’ last three games, including Saturday’s defeat to the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.

But his return to the line-up couldn’t have been timely against a Sacramento team that has emerged as the surprise package of the Western Conference, where it sits in third place behind Denver and Memphis.

Antetokounmpo was backed by 31 points from Khris Middleton and 23 points from Lopez as the Bucks overturned a 15-point deficit to claim victory.

De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento’s scoring with 35 points from 13-of-23 shooting.

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