Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks Coby White of the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 133-129 in overtime. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 133-129 victory over the Chicago Bulls in overtime on Monday night in NBA action.

Brook Lopez and Malik Beasley had 19 points each and Bobby Portis scored 17 for the Bucks, who were coming off a 128-119 loss to Indiana in the Season Tournament semifinals.

DeMar DeRozan had 41 points and Coby White scored 33 for Chicago, which had won four straight. DeRozan also had 11 assists, becoming just the second Bulls player and first since Michael Jordan in 1992-93 with at least 40 points and 10 assists in a game. Jordan has done this nine times in his career.

Torrey Craig sank the second of two free throws to put Chicago up 119-118 to open overtime, but the Bucks responded with seven straight points, capped by Antetokounmpo's layup to make it 126-119 with two minutes remaining.

Milwaukee left the door open, however, by missing three of six free throws down the stretch. DeRozan scored on a dunk to pull Chicago within 131-129 with 12 seconds left before Damian Lillard hit two free throws with 10.2 seconds left to make it 133-129.

“The Bulls played an excellent game,” Bucks coach Adrian Griffin said. “Every time we thought we had them beat, they kind of fought back and came back in the game. But when we need stops, we get stops. I found this encouraging.”

Antetokounmpo was 3 of 5 from the field and 6 of 8 from the free throw line through three quarters. He was 5-of-7 in the fourth quarter and was 5-of-6 from the line. He made his only shot in overtime, as well as making 3 of 4 free throws.

“There are going to be teams in the league that I’m going to draw so much attention to, that sometimes shooting over two guys isn’t the best shot,” Antetokounmpo said. “Trying to play in front of the crowd is not the best option. I think I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve accepted that.”

DeRozan forced overtime, falling on a floater from the lane with four seconds left in regulation to tie it at 118. Just before that, Lillard hit one of two free throws to put Milwaukee up 118-116 with 12 seconds remaining.

Antetokounmpo hit two free throws to put the Bucks up 117-112 with 1:11 remaining. Patrick Williams responded with a dunk and DeRozan hit two free throws to bring the Bulls within 117-116.

“I was really proud of the way these guys competed and fought and battled the whole time,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “We went down by double digits, we came back several times. In overtime, we made some plays around the basket, but we couldn’t finish.”

Chicago, which trailed 74-65 at halftime, pulled within 91-89 on Jevon Carter's 3-pointer late in the third quarter.

The Bucks shot 57.8% in the first half. Milwaukee made 26 of 45 attempts, including 12 of 20 from beyond the arc.

Antetokounmpo took just two shots in the first half, making one, but made all six of his assists.


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“He was playing a great game,” Griffin said. “He was moving the ball, sharing the ball, making the right play. He is a veteran and knows when to assert himself. In the second half, I thought he did a great job.”

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Bulls: Host the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Bucks: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.



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