The Rundown: Giannis returns to lead Bucks to 15th straight win

Published March 1, 2023, 2:00 PMJC Ansis

Giannis Antetokounmpo had a huge double-double as the Bucks extended their winning streak to 15 games.


Wizards 119, Hawks 116
Bucks 118, Nets 104
Raptors 104, Bulls 98
Grizzlies 121, Lakers 109
Nuggets 133, Rockets 112
Kings 123, Thunder 117
Pacers 124, Mavericks 122
Spurs 102, Jazz 94
Warriors 123, Blazers 105
Timberwolves 108, Clippers 101

What went down

The Milwaukee Bucks, all season long, have been flying under everyone's radar. Since the season started, they've stayed in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference despite dealing with injuries to key players at different points in the season.

Today with a win over their top rivals, Boston Celtics, the Bucks officially have the best record in the league with a 44-17 card. They're also the hottest team in the league, winning 15 straight games, which is also their fourth-longest winning streak in franchise history.

Giannis Antetokounmpo came back from an injury (bruised right quadriceps) to lead his squad with 33 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists. Khris Middleton complemented his teammate with 18 points off the bench.

The Bucks were trailing by 10 at the half but went on a 14-4 run in the third period to knot the score at 68-all. Brooklyn reclaimed the lead, but Milwaukee turned up on defense in the fourth quarter—limiting the Nets to just 7-of-23 shooting—to get the win.

Mikal Bridges, who has been putting up insane numbers for the Nets since he got traded, paced Brooklyn with 31.

Big-time ballers

Ja Morant was all up in the Lakers' business today.

The Grizzlies' All-Star notched a triple-double performance with 39 points, 10 boards, and 10 dimes. He also had two steals and shot over 50 percent from the floor.

Other players who balled out today were Bradley Beal (37 points and seven assists) and Tyrese Haliburton (32-7-6).

Nikola Jokic, you guessed it, had another triple-double (14 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). It was his 100th career triple-double and 24th this season, which leads the league. The Nuggets are now 24-0 this season when the Joker gets a triple-double.

What he said

?Dillon Brooks had this to say after Morant's stellar night against the Lakers.

Did you see that?

After a huge win over the LeBron-less Lakers, the Grizzlies' Twitter account, of course, had to throw some shade.