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Antetokounmpo drops triple-double as Bucks rout Pacers



Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket against the Indiana Pacers at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (AFP)

Two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a triple-double of 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists to fuel the Bucks’ 130-110 rout of the Indiana Pacers.

Antetokounmpo connected on seven of eight shots from the field and seven of eight from the free throw line, and the Bucks led from wire-to-wire, taking a 106-72 advantage into the final period — when Antetokounmpo sat out along with the rest of Milwaukee’s starters.

Antetokounmpo completed the triple-double in the final minute of the third quarter when he got his 10th assist, setting up Bobby Portis for a corner 3-pointer that capped a 10-0 run and gave the Bucks a 34-point advantage.

The Bucks already had a commanding lead before they closed the third with a 30-11 run. Milwaukee led by as many as 40 in the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee never trailed and shot 21 of 48 from 3-point range in its last home contest before beginning a six-game trip. The Bucks have gone 42 of 90 on 3-point attempts over their last two games.

Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis scored a career-high 33 points and had 12 rebounds and six assists, delivering a big performance for a second straight night.

The Bucks had balanced scoring as Bryn Forbes scored 20 points, Portis 18, Donte DiVincenzo 16 and Khris Middleton 12. Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez added 11 points each.

Justin Holiday had 15 points for the Pacers. Doug McDermott had 13 while Malcolm Brogdon finished with 12.