After toppling NBA champions, Bucks visit Grizzlies

After toppling NBA champions, Bucks visit Grizzlies

The Milwaukee Bucks will pay a visit to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night after a loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Milwaukee rode to a 128-111 win over the Warriors on Tuesday, recording 30 points, 12 rebounds and five assists from star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bobby Portis added 25 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to record his 16th double-double.

With his 30-minute performance, Antetokounmpo became the franchise leader with 22,113 minutes played. Currently in his 10th season with the Bucks, he passed Hall of Famer Bob Dandridge (22,094).

“I’m blessed to have this opportunity to be in this position,” said Antetokounmpo of breaking the record. “Playing the most minutes in a Bucks jersey ever, that’s huge. I feel like it doesn’t matter what you’ve done, you feel like you’ve contributed to a team.

“It’s an honor to accomplish this.”

On a night of so many positives, perhaps none was more encouraging than Khris Middleton’s 20-point performance. Middleton had missed the first 20 games of the season after undergoing wrist surgery in July and got off to a somewhat rocky start.

But on Tuesday he showed flashes that he could return to his form.

Antetokounmpo will now look to further improve on the record and Middleton will look to continue working toward his all-star form against a Memphis team that has caught fire.

The Grizzlies have won six straight and eight of their last nine, thanks in large part to some surprising contributors like Tyus Jones.

In Memphis’ last meeting — a 128-103 drubbing against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday — it was Jones who took the lead with 22 points and caught seven scorers in double figures. He also added a season-high 11 assists and grabbed three steals.

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With Ja Morant (hamstring) and Steven Adams (ankle) both out, Jaren Jackson Jr. also strengthened, particularly on the defensive end as he set a franchise-record eight blocks from time with 15 points and seven boards.

“I think it’s primarily his consciousness. I think his timing has really improved,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said of Jackson. “He’s seen a lot of film, he’s been thinking a lot about what he accomplished last year and what he had to work on last year off-season.”

Jackson will be instrumental in Memphis’ efforts to stop Antetokounmpo, as will Adams, who is expected to return Thursday. Morant will likely be back in the lineup as well.

Despite being an all-conference matchup, meeting the Bucks will have a little added meaning for Jenkins, who was an assistant to Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer during Budenholzer’s time with the Hawks.

After spending five years in Atlanta, Jenkins followed Budenholzer to Milwaukee, where he served as an assistant for a season before taking over as head coach in Memphis.

Thursday marks the first meeting between the teams after splitting two games last season. Neither team has won back-to-back games in the all-time series since Milwaukee in 2019.

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