Credit: USA Today Sports-Scanpix
Credit USA Today Sports-Scanpix

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished three assists shy of his fourth triple-double of the season Wednesday as the Milwaukee Bucks (28-19) handed the Memphis Grizzlies (31-16) their first road loss since Dec. 23 with a 126-114 (36-30, 25-17, 35-40, 30-27) win.

Player of the Game
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
EFF
33
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Points 33
Accuracy 12-25
Rebounds 15
Assists 7

Antetokounmpo poured in 33 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and handed out seven assists while hitting 12 of 25 shots to help the Bucks snap their two-game losing streak.

Khris Middleton added 27 points and Bobby Portis and George Hill each had 14. Pat Connaughton contributed 13 off the bench.

In addition to shooting 47.9 percent (46 of 96) from the field, Milwaukee made the most of its chances at the free-throw line, going 21-for-22 at the stripe.

Ja Morant was also on triple-double watch, pacing the Grizzlies with 33 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. tallied 29 points, nine rebounds and four blocks on 9-of-20 shooting, and Brandon Clarke delivered 14 points off the bench.

An 8-0 run late in the fourth trimmed Memphis' deficit to just three points with 2:32 to play, but the Bucks responded with eight straight points of their own that ended up being enough to ward off any chance of a comeback.

The loss snaps Memphis' six-game road winning streak and marks just the second loss in the month of January for the Grizzlies.

Milwaukee went into halftime with a 14-point lead thanks in part to a 17-4 run that started at the front end of the second quarter. Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 17 points, and Morant trailed closely behind with 16.

Memphis really struggled from behind the arc in the first half, shooting just 4 of 23 (17.4 percent). Morant had all four of the made 3-pointers.

Jackson Jr. caught fire following halftime, scoring 17 points in the third quarter to help bring the Grizzlies within nine heading into the fourth, 96-87. Memphis closed the frame on a 12-5 run.

Both teams found their offense early, as they combined for 66 points in the first quarter. The Bucks were on fire from 3-point range, making good on five of their first 10 shots from deep.

Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo 33 (10/21 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 7/8 FT, 15 REB, 7 AST, 5 TO), Khris Middleton 27 (9/12 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 6/6 FT, 7 REB, 7 REB), Bobby Portis 14 (4/7 2PT, 9 REB), George Hill 14 (6 REB, 6 AST), Pat Connaughton 13 (3/5 3PT).

Grizzlies: Ja Morant 33 (8/17 2PT, 4/10 3PT, 8 REB, 14 AST), Jaren Jackson 29 (7/14 2PT, 2/6 3PT, 9/10 FT, 9 REB, 4 BLK), Brandon Clarke 14 (6/8 2PT, 2 BLK), Ziaire Williams 10 (1/7 3PT).

Highlights

Giannis Antetokounmpo's performance

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Milwaukee Bucks
Memphis Grizzlies
48%
46/96
Field goals
42%
44/106
61
Rebounds
60
29
Assists
26
7
Steals
10
21
Fouls
20
6
Blocks
8

Best players

Giannis  Antetokounmpo
33 PTS
12/25 FG
7/8 FT
Ja  Morant
33 PTS
12/27 FG
5/5 FT
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
15 REB
12 DREB
3 OREB
Steven  Adams
11 REB
3 DREB
8 OREB
Milwaukee Bucks
Few players
7 As
Ja  Morant
14 As
1 TO
39 MIN
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
33 EFF
48% 2P%
50% 3P%
Ja  Morant
36 EFF
47% 2P%
40% 3P%