ATLANTA, Sporting Alert — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points, Khris Middleton added 27 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 117-106 on Sunday.
Antetokounmpo, who is averaging over 37 points in wins this season, shot 14 of 21 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds and five assists for the Bucks (4-2), who bounced back from the 96-89 defeat against the Boston Celtics.
Antetokounmpo, who leads the NBA in scoring this season with a 34.7 average, scored 13 of Milwaukee’s first 20 points.
According ESPN’s Stats and Information, Antetokounmpo entered the game with 175 points, 53 rebounds and 28 assists, which is the best start by a player in NBA history through the first five contest.
Middleton also had nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals, while Malcolm Brogdon finished with 16 points in the win.
“We came out, and Giannis was really aggressive,” Brogdon said. “He got us off to a good start offensively and on the defensive end. We followed his lead.”
John Henson had 12 points and nine rebounds and Rashad Vaughn scored 12 off the bench for Milwaukee, which shot 54.3 percent on 44 of 81 shooting from the floor as a team.
The Bucks also made 13 shots from 3-point range.
Dennis Schroder ended with 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals and Taurean Prince had 17 and five rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost six straight.
“They came out with energy. We didn’t match it in the first five minutes,” Schroder said. “In the second half we didn’t a better job defending Antetokounmpo, but we’ve got to play for 48 minutes and be better.”
He added: “Their defense is pretty insane. After the pick-and-roll, you try and pass it to the roller. It’s tough to get it to him.”
Kent Bazemore scored 15 points, but was only 2 of 9 from the field for the Hawks (1-6), who have lost six straight games.
Bazemore also dished out six assists.
Jason Collins finished with 14 points and seven boards and Mike Muscala scored 10 points for the Hawks, who never led and struggled with inside size and were outrebounded 43-31.