Bucks survive in Memphis for 17th straight victory

Bill Michaels
December 13, 2019 - 10:57 pm
Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Memphis - Taylor Jenkins was a part of Milwaukee Bucks' head coach Mike Budenholzer's staff for the better part of the past decade and now runs his own team, the Grizzlies, down in Memphis.

“Of course, I want to beat him," Jenkins said. “I know he’s looking forward to kicking my butt, so I’m going to go in with that same mentality."

Jenkins' Grizzlies responded by pushing the Bucks in a way no team has during Milwaukee's 16-game win streak. Led by Jaren Jackson Jr.'s 43-point game, including an unconscious 7 of 11 three-point shooting display in the third quarter, the Grizzlies led by double digits late in the third. But the Bucks weathered that storm. They hadn't played well throughout the night, they had lost point guard Eric Bledsoe to a right shin contusion in the third and trailed by five entering the fourth, but they dug deep to show why they have the best record in the NBA as they roared to a 127-114 victory over the final 12 minutes.

Giannis Antetokounmpo looked every part the reigning MVP during that fourth quarter. With 20 points already to his name, Antetokounmpo had still yet to hit full stride. He had missed Wednesday's game with right quad tendon soreness, logged just 14 minutes in the first half and was hampered by four fouls in the third quarter.