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Bucks notes for game vs Bulls
January 28, 2018

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Bucks notes for game vs BullsSunday afternoon at 3:30pm ET, the Milwaukee Bucks (25-12, 8th seed in East) face the Bulls (18-31, 12th in East) in Chicago. Below are some Bucks team notes on key players and some recent results:

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded the first 40-point/10-rebound game of his career on Friday against the Nets after scoring 41 points (14-20 FG, 3-3 3FG) with 13 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals. This was Antetokounmpo’s fourth 40-point game of the season (tied for the second-most in the NBA). Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has tallied more than four games with 40+ points in a season in Bucks history (done five times).

Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid of the 76ers are the only players in the NBA this season to have a stat line of at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists while shooting at least 70.0 percent from the field. Overall, this has only been done 17 times by 13 players in NBA history, and only five times since 1990.

Antetokounmpo’s three 3-pointers made on 1/26 were one shy of tying his career-high, and were the most he’s had in a game since he had four on 4/8/16 during the 2015-16 season.

The Bucks shot 53.2 percent (12-for-23) as a team from 3-point range against Brooklyn on Friday, and 51.8 percent from the field, marking the sixth time in 2017-18 they’ve shot 50.0 percent or better from beyond the arc and the 14th time they’ve shot better than 50.0 percent overall. Milwaukee is 5-1 this season when it shoots at least 50.0 percent from 3-point range and 11-3 when shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field.

Brooklyn’s 37.1 percent shooting on Friday was the second-lowest by a Bucks opponent this season, while its 35 first-half points were the fewest in any half by a Bucks opponent. The Nets’ leading scorers on 1/26 had just 14 points, which were the fewest by a Bucks opponent’s leading scoring in a game this season.

Milwaukee had 10 or fewer turnovers in a game for the 11th time this season after turning the ball over just 10 times against Brooklyn on Friday. The Bucks are currently tied for third in the Eastern Conference, and fifth in the NBA, in fewest turnovers per game with just 13.7 a contest.

John Henson recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Nets on Friday. Henson’s seven double-doubles on the season are the second-most he’s had in a season in his career (11, 2013-14).

ALL-STAR ANTETOKOUNMPO – On 1/18, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Across the NBA, Antetokounmpo received the most player votes (226), tied for the most media votes (99) and the second-most fan votes (2,530,211). Antetokounmpo will become the first Buck since Ray Allen (1999-02) to appear in consecutive All-Star Games and the first to start back-to-back All-Star Games since Marques Johnson in 1979 and 1980.

THIS STAR KEEPS RISING – For the second straight year, Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will play in the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game at 2018 NBA AllStar Weekend in Los Angeles. The game features 10 of the top first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. In last year’s game, Brogdon scored three points with five assists and four rebounds in 21 minutes of play. Brogdon is one of four players in Bucks history to appear in the Rising Stars game twice (Giannis Antetokounmpo, Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings), with this being the fifth consecutive year the Bucks have been represented in the game.

TRIPLE DOUBLE DEUCES – Bucks forward Khris Middleton became the 20th player in franchise history to record a triple-double after he scored 23 points with a career-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists at Philadelphia on 1/20. Middleton is one of only four players in Bucks history to have a triple-double that consisted of at least 20 point