NBA: Middleton brings the 'Khris'mas flavour as Bucks trump Warriors
- Khris Middleton scored a game-high 31 points
- Milwaukee Bucks relished a 138-99 blowout win against Golden State Warriors
- Struggles continued for Warriors as they have been outscored by a combined 65 points in their first two games
Scoring a game-high 31 points, Khris Middleton used brilliant shooting from 3-point range to power Milwaukee Bucks to a 138-99 blowout win against the visiting Golden State Warriors on Friday afternoon.
Although talisman Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to 15 points on 4-for-14 shooting, Middleton and four other teammates scored in double figures to quickly erase the bad taste of a last-second loss at Boston with their first win of the season.
Struggles continued for the 2018-19 runners up as Stephen Curry had a team-high 19 points and rookie James Wiseman 18. Warriors have been outscored by a combined 65 points in their first two games.
Middleton made 6-of-8 3-pointers, including two straight in a 19-7 Bucks burst in the third period that turned a competitive 72-64 game into a 91-71 l.
Donte DiVincenzo and D.J. Augustin each connected on three 3-pointers in 13-point performances, while D.J. Wilson also hit three treys to account for all nine of his points for the Bucks, who emerged as the NBA’s winningest team in the regular season last year.
Jrue Holiday totalled 12 points and a team-high six assists, while Bobby Portis logged a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double for Milwaukee, which shot 54.9% overall and 20-for-37 (54.1%) from beyond the arc.
Even in rebounds, the Bucks triumphed the Warriors 69-49, with Antetokounmpo complementing his 15 points with a game-high 13 boards.
Andrew Wiggins (12 points), Brad Wanamaker (11) and Jordan Poole (11) scored in double figures for the Warriors, who shot just 34.3% overall and 10-for-45 (22.2%) on 3-pointers.
Wiseman, the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, starred with a team-high eight rebounds and three blocks.
Although Antetokounmpo struggled in the first half, missing five of his six shots and seven of his 11 free throws, the Bucks nonetheless managed a 66-56 lead at the break. Middleton was the driving force with 21 points.
Milwaukee’s biggest lead of the half was 13, held on three occasions.