Credit: AP - Scanpix
Credit AP - Scanpix

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a season-high 47 points on 18-of-23 shooting and Khris Middleton made his way into the history books as the Milwaukee Bucks (7-8) earned a 109-102 (30-32, 34-21, 21-30, 24-19) home win over the Los Angeles Lakers (8-8) on Wednesday night to kick off their five-game homestand.

Player of the Game
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
EFF
48
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Points 47
Accuracy 18-23
Rebounds 9
Assists 3

Antetokounmpo had 28 first-half points on 12-of-13 shooting and also finished with nine rebounds to lead the Bucks to their first win at home since their season opener on Oct. 19.

Bobby Portis added 17 points and five rebounds in his sixth consecutive start, and Pat Connaughton chipped in 16 points off the bench.

Middleton made his return after missing the last eight games due to COVID-19 protocols and tied Ray Allen atop the Bucks' all-time 3-pointers list as part of a 16-point effort.

Talen Horton-Tucker paced Los Angeles with 25 points after dropping a career-high 28 against the Bulls on Monday.

Russell Westbrook added 19 points and 15 assists to record his eighth double-double this season, and Anthony Davis posted 18 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks.

LeBron James continued to sit out with an abdominal strain for the Lakers, who have dropped back-to-back games for the third time this season.

The Bucks held a narrow one-point lead with five minutes left in the second quarter after Rajon Rondo sunk a 3-pointer but rifled off a 15-5 run to close the half.

Antetokounmpo had seven points and Portis had six during the surge to give Milwaukee a 64-53 lead at the break.

After trailing by 12 with just under 10 minutes left in the third, Los Angeles rallied back and compiled a 9-0 run to take a 79-78 lead.

Middleton's 3-pointer with 8:43 left in the contest gave Milwaukee a bit of a cushion at 92-87, and Connaughton's 3-pointer with 6:04 remaining created a 98-91 advantage.

Los Angeles got as close as 99-95 down the stretch before Middleton's two foul shots and Antetokounmpo's three-point play restored order.

Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo 47 (15/19 2PT, 3/4 3PT, 8/11 FT, 9 REB, 4 TO), Bobby Portis 17 (7/9 2PT, 1/5 3PT, 5 REB), Khris Middleton 16 (2/6 3PT, 5 REB, 6 AST), Pat Connaughton 16 (4/8 3PT), Jrue Holiday 8 (2/7 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 6 REB, 8 AST, 4 STL, 5 TO).

Lakers: Talen Horton-Tucker 25 (6/12 2PT, 3/6 3PT, 12 REB), Russell Westbrook 19 (5/11 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 15 AST), Anthony Davis 18 (9/14 2PT, 9 REB., 4 AST, 2 BLK), Malik Monk 11 (1/7 3PT), Carmelo Anthony 10 (2/8 3PT, 6 REB), Rajon Rondo 8 (2/3 3PT).

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Milwaukee Bucks
Los Angeles Lakers
46%
40/87
Field goals
42%
40/96
57
Rebounds
55
22
Assists
24
9
Steals
8
15
Turnovers
13
56%
28/50
2-pointers
53%
28/53

Best players

Giannis  Antetokounmpo
47 PTS
18/23 FG
8/11 FT
Talen  Horton-Tucker
25 PTS
9/18 FG
4/4 FT
Milwaukee Bucks
Few players
9 REB
Talen  Horton-Tucker
12 REB
8 DREB
4 OREB
Jrue  Holiday
8 As
5 TO
39 MIN
Russell  Westbrook
15 As
3 TO
36 MIN
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
48 EFF
79% 2P%
75% 3P%
Talen  Horton-Tucker
26 EFF
50% 2P%
50% 3P%