Giannis reports positive after injury scare as Bucks get 11th straight win

Giannis Antetokounmpo sent an injury scare through Milwaukee Bucks camp late in Tuesday’s 131-125 overtime win over the Boston Celtics, but the initial report was positive according to head coach Mike Budenholzer.

Antetokounmpo clumsily went down after a failed drive to the basket in the fourth quarter and remained on the floor, before slowly getting to his feet and walking to the bench.

The Greek forward never left the game and played out the OT win, finishing with 36 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks as the Bucks claimed their 11th straight victory.

“They gave me a quick update saying they think he kneed somebody,” Budenholzer said.

“We’ll check it out in the morning, but I’d say the initial report was kind of positive.”

Antetokounmpo’s return was his 24th 30/10 game of the season, which is the most in the NBA. He was well supported by Jrue Holiday with a combined career-high 40 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field with eight-of-12 from beyond the arc.

Holiday’s eight three-pointers were also a new career high, after being selected to the upcoming All-Star Game for the first time since 2013, marking the longest gap between All-Star appearances in NBA.

“I don’t really care how I’m playing as long as we’re winning,” Holiday said. “For me, as long as we get the win, I’m fine.

“The only stat I look at is turnovers. That’s how I decide if I had a good game or a bad game. Tonight, what did I have, five turnovers? To me, that hurts my soul .”

Not only did the Bucks win their 11th straight, but they also saw off their main Eastern Conference rivals for the top seed. The Bucks improved to a 40-17 record, closing the gap to the Celtics (41-17).

However, Boston was missing several key players, including Jayson Tatum (rest) and Jaylen Brown (facial fracture).

Celtics forward Sam Hauser sent the game into overtime with a three-point lead with 3.0 seconds left when Khris Middleton opted not to foul.

“We do different things at the end of the game,” Budenholzer said. “The catch-and-shoot that comes out of that is probably what they’re looking for. We defended everything well, we defended all the screens before.

“He takes it out at half court and hits a 30 footer. There’s different things we’re going to do. Credit to Hauser for making the shot. Khris did exactly what we asked him to do. You just have to get lucky in a way to win it in overtime.”

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