Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 50 points as Milwaukee Bucks rally for 122-118 win over Utah

The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, is fouled as he drives between Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, left, and Royce O’Neale, right, during the first half Monday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 50 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for his 17th consecutive double-double to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally in the second half for their eighth consecutive victory, 122-118 over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Milwaukee led 120-113 with 1:24 left, but Bojan Bogdanovic countered with a 3-pointer and Donovan Mitchell followed with a layup to make 120-118 with 43 seconds left. The Bucks missed on their next possession, but Brook Lopez blocked Mitchell’s driving layup attempt with 4.4 seconds remaining.

Wesley Matthews added 19 points and Eric Bledsoe 13 for the Bucks, whose last loss was at Utah on Nov. 8.

Bogdanovic had 24 points and Mitchell 20 for the Jazz, who were 21 of 45 on 3-pointers.

Antetokounmpo’s streak of double-doubles is the longest to open a season since Bill Walton had 34 straight in 1976-77.

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbles during the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday in Milwaukee. (AP photo)

Milwaukee trailed 57-48 at the half, going just 3 of 17 from 3-point range, but pulled even with a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter. Antetokounmpo’s 3-pointer from the top of the key tied it at 74 with 5:28 left in the period.

The Jazz used a 10-0 run early in the second quarter to go in front 35-25 as Milwaukee missed seven consecutive shots.

Utah was aided by a six-point swing midway through the second quarter. Bledsoe’s short pull-up jumper from the right baseline was negated when he was called for an offensive foul for jumping back into Bogdanovic.


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