National Basketball Association
Milwaukee 126, Memphis 114
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Officials: #45 Brian Forte, #19 James Capers, #44 Brett Nansel
Attendance: 17341

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished three assists shy of his fourth triple-double of the season Wednesday as the Milwaukee Bucks handed the Memphis Grizzlies their first road loss since Dec. 23 with a 126-114 win.

Antetokounmpo poured in 33 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out seven assists while hitting 12 of 25 shots to help the Bucks snap their two-game losing streak. Khris Middleton added 27 points and Bobby Portis and George Hill each had 14. Pat Connaughton contributed 13 off the bench.

In addition to shooting 47.9 percent (46 of 96) from the field, Milwaukee made the most of its chances at the free-throw line, going 21-for-22 at the stripe.

Ja Morant was also on triple-double watch, pacing the Grizzlies with 33 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. tallied 29 points, nine rebounds and four blocks on 9-of-20 shooting, and Brandon Clarke delivered 14 points off the bench.

An 8-0 run late in the fourth trimmed Memphis' deficit to just three points with 2:32 to play, but the Bucks responded with eight straight points of their own that ended up being enough to ward off any chance of a comeback.

The loss snaps Memphis' six-game road winning streak and marks just the second loss in the month of January for the Grizzlies.

Milwaukee went into halftime with a 14-point lead thanks in part to a 17-4 run that started at the front end of the second quarter. Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 17 points, and Morant trailed closely behind with 16.

Memphis really struggled from behind the arc in the first half, shooting just 4 of 23 (17.4 percent). Morant had all four of the made 3-pointers.

Jackson Jr. caught fire following halftime, scoring 17 points in the third quarter to help bring the Grizzlies within nine heading into the fourth, 96-87. Memphis closed the frame on a 12-5 run.

Both teams found their offense early, as they combined for 66 points in the first quarter. The Bucks were on fire from 3-point range, making good on five of their first 10 shots from deep.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Memphis   Milwaukee
Ja Morant 33 Scoring Giannis Antetokounmpo 33
Ja Morant 14 Assists Giannis Antetokounmpo 7
Steven Adams 11 Rebounds Giannis Antetokounmpo 15
Jaren Jackson Jr. 9 Free Throws Made Giannis Antetokounmpo 7
Steven Adams 2 Steals Giannis Antetokounmpo 2
Jaren Jackson Jr. 4 Blocks Donte DiVincenzo 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Memphis 114 41.5 9-40 17-25 26 47 8 10 10
Milwaukee 126 47.4 13-37 21-22 29 56 6 7 15
Upcoming Games
  • Milwaukee will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Bucks have a W/L % of .593 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Memphis will play their next game on the road against Denver. The Grizzlies have a W/L % of .677 after a win and .625 after a loss.