Bucks Win Without Giannis as Injury Issue Drags On
Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis, left, attempts a shot over Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game

Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his fifth straight game for the Milwaukee Bucks who managed a 124-87 victory over the Orlando Magic in the NBA on Sunday.

The Greek forward has been out of action with knee soreness with the Bucks suffering losses to the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors in his absence.

But the Bucks got the job done without him on Sunday, led by Khris Middleton with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Bobby Portis had 10 boards along with 16 points.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer updated on Giannis, stating: “He did some stuff at shootaround, so I think he’s in a good place and making progress.”

Milwaukee improves to 33-20 with the win, remaining third in the East behind the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.

The Los Angeles Clippers also won on Sunday, getting past the Detroit Pistons 131-124 with Marcus Morris Sr scoring 33 points and having six rebounds.

Paul George impressed again with 32 points along with three rebounds and nine assists, while Ivica Zubac had a double-double with 10 boards, seven assists and 13 points.

The Miami Heat knocked off the Portland Trail Blazers 107-98 led by Jimmy Butler with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Damian Lillard had a quiet game by his standards for the Blazers, with only 12 points.

The Atlanta Hawks maintained their outstanding form with a 105-101 win over the Charlotte Hornets with Bogdan Bogdanovic scoring 32 points while Clint Capela had 15 rebounds along with his 20 points.

Ben somerford
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