Defending champ Bucks humble Warriors, Grizzlies beat Timberwolves

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Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is defended by Andre Iguodala and Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of a game at Fiserv Forum on January 13, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Getty Images via AFP)

LOS ANGELES –  Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points in a triple-double as the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Golden State Warriors 118-99 on Thursday.

In a clash billed as a potential NBA Finals preview, the Bucks took an early stranglehold in Milwaukee on the way to a wire-to-wire win.

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his third triple-double of the season and the 28th of his career.

Milwaukee, with coach Mike Budenholzer back on the bench after missing four games over Covid concerns, roared to a 77-38 halftime lead — Antetokounmpo pouring in 23 points before the interval.

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