With Antetokounmpo Sidelined, Bucks beat Bulls 117-106

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 22 points, and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 117-106 Monday night without All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo.While the Greek Freak sat out with a sore right knee, the Bucks overcame a sluggish start to pick up their 17th win in 19 games.The Bucks used a huge second quarter to grab a nine-point lead after falling behind by 14. That propelled them to their eighth straight road win — their best streak since a nine-game run during the 1981-82 season.Brogdon hit four 3-pointers. Middleton nailed three from beyond the arc. Nikola Mirotic scored 13, and the Bucks moved a season-high 32 games over .500.Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez each scored 26 for Chicago. But the Bulls’ season-high three-game win streak came to an end.It was the ninth straight 20-point game for Markkanen, who scored a career-best 35 against Boston on Saturday.Lopez had his highest scoring game of the season. But Zach LaVine finished with 11 coming off a career-high 42-point game.The Bucks trailed by 14 late in the first quarter, only to outscore Chicago 38-16 in the second to grab a 63-54 halftime lead.Brogdon had nine points in a 16-2 run to start the period as Milwaukee erased a 13-point deficit. Middleton scored 12 over the final 4:07, including a step-back 3 in the closing seconds to send Milwaukee to the locker room up by nine. And the Bucks never really were threatened after that.TIP-INSBucks: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Antetokounmpo worked out Monday and the Bucks are “hopeful” his absence is “very short term.” The Greek Freak is averaging 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, putting him among the league’s top 10 in both categories. … The Bucks were also missing guards George Hill (strained left groin) and Sterling Brown (right wrist). Budenholzer said Hill likely will be out at least a few games. … Milwaukee signed G Isaiah Canaan to a 10-day contract and recalled F Christian Wood from the G League’s Wisconsin Herd. … The Bucks completed a four-game sweep against Chicago this season.Bulls: G Kris Dunn (migraine) and F Otto Porter Jr. (strained lower left leg) missed the game. Coach Jim Boylen said he thinks Porter “will for sure” travel with the team to Memphis on Tuesday, though he was less certain about Dunn. … The Bulls are scheduled to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis on Tuesday.UP NEXTBucks: Visit Sacramento on Wednesday.Bulls: Visit Memphis on Wednesday.___By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Espanyol coach vows to defend second spot

first_imgEspanyol Coach Rubi has vowed ‘to defend’ their La Liga position after rising to second in the standings.The Catalan side are behind fellow city rivals Barcelona in the standings after nine La Liga fixtures.Espanyol climbed to the second spot after Sunday’s victory at Huesca.“In the dressing room there will be no euphoria,” Rubi told Football Espana reporters after the game.Europa League draw groups G and H George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups G and H are a who is who of previous winners.UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group G consists of, Porto, Young…“There will only be more hard work to come and not to let up in our performances, because our feet will still be on the ground.“We have seen what it takes to win games in this division and I want our fans to be very happy with the position we are in at this stage.“Now we will defend it, that must be our mentality despite knowing that things will be difficult.“Was returning to Huesca? Of course, there is a little emotion but you must remain professional, and I am very happy with the treatment I have received at this beautiful stadium.”last_img read more

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