By Steve Megawe, AP Game writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Giannis Antetokompompo scored 36 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks rally to a 9–0 run and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105–100 on Sunday for their fifth win.
After three quarters when the Bucks won 11 matches for the first time this season.
A possible 3-point effort from Qui Leonard left the front rim nearly four seconds. Khris Middleton received the rebound and sealed it with two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining.
After the Leonard jumper left Los Angeles with a 4–1 100–96 lead, the Clippers did not score again.
Entetokenmpo has scored at least 35 points in four straight games. He is the first Bucks player to do so after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from January 6-14, 1973.
Middleton added 19 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Leonard scored 25 points to lead the Clippers.
After trailing by seven points in the fourth quarter, the Bucks led 101–100 when Antetokonampo made two free throws with 1:57 left.
The Clippers then had a chance to take the lead on three different occasions, but could not convert. Paul George competed in a contest with 1:35 remaining. Leonard missed a 3-point attempt with 1:05 left. George missed out on a 3-point try with 44 seconds left.
Khris Middleton then found Antetokounmpo in a 103–100 with 10.3 seconds left to make a dunk. Entetokunempo called the Clippers a timeout while celebrating in the High Court.
The Clippers took an 81–77 lead in the fourth quarter after an 18-4 run that included Serge Ibka’s 12 points, which finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
George had 16 points, seven rebellions and seven assists for the Clippers. Lou Williams added 14 points.
Middleton scored 19 points, Donette DiVinkenzo added 11 and Brook Lopez added 10 for the Bucks. Entetoconpo had 14 rebellions and five assists.
Clipper: Leonard and George scored 30 of the Clippers’ 48 points in the first half. He got more help in the second half, especially from Ibaka and Williams. But in the last four minutes everything was shattered.
Bucks: Junior Holiday returned to action after missing 10 games due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol, although he showed some signs of rust. Holiday came off the benchway in the middle of the first quarter and finished with two points and three assists in 18 minutes. The Bucks vacationed in the game 5-5.
Clippers: Tuesday night in Boston.
Bucks: Host Denver on Tuesday night.
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