Ersan Ilyasova scored 22 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 to help the Milwaukee Bucks run their winning streak to nine games with a 96-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
The Bucks led by 20 in the first half and were without leading scorer Khris Middleton (foot). Milwaukee’s bench outscored Oklahoma City’s reserves 38-17.
Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 12 assists to lead the Thunder, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Steven Adams had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Paul George scored 16 points.
The Bucks also got a solid performance off the bench from Donte DiVincenzo, who scored 13 points. After falling behind by 17 early in the second quarter, Oklahoma City pulled to 62-58 with 3:34 left in the half on Westbrook’s jumper.
But the Thunder, getting no more than nine points from their starters in the second quarter, didn’t have enough momentum to make a comeback.
Ilyasova and Tony Snell scored 12 points apiece in the third quarter, as the Bucks grabbed a 73-62 lead. Milwaukee’s lead was 79-66 entering the fourth quarter.
In the second quarter, the Bucks outscored the Thunder 27-12 and built a 40-19 lead after Antetokounmpo made a 3-pointer with 11:22 left in the half. The Bucks were shooting 60 percent from the field.
Ilyasova scored 10 of his points in the second quarter. He had scored just seven points in his previous four games before that. The Bucks were shooting 62 percent from the field.
Oklahoma City committed 12 turnovers in the first half, which the Bucks turned into 19 points. At halftime, the Thunder trailed by 23.
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