Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates his birthday by scoring 27, leading Bucks in rout Clippers
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their 14th straight victory, a 119-91 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.
Antetokounmpo, on his 25th birthday, made 11 of 20 shots and recorded his 21st double-double of the season.
“I was 25 once, but I wasn’t that good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after joking that he wanted to see Antetokounmpo’s birth certificate.
Antetokounmpo left the game with Milwaukee ahead by 36 with 8:56 to play. While he sat, the Milwaukee crowd started “happy birthday” chants for their star — and he loved it.
The Bucks led by as many as 41 and extended their longest winning streak since winning 16 consecutive games over two seasons in 1973.
Khris Middleton added 17 points and Pat Connaughton and Ersan Ilyasova each scored 13 off the bench for Milwaukee.
Rivers pulled all of his starters out of the game with the Bucks leading 101-67 with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. The group exited to the chant of “Overrated! Overrated!” from the Milwaukee crowd.
Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and Paul George added 13 for the Clippers.
JaMychal Green missed his second straight game for Los Angeles after suffering a bruised tailbone last Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs.