MILWAUKEE – Jannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and made his third triple-double of the season, and on Thursday night, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer returned from the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol to help Milwaukee beat the Golden State Warriors 118-99. .
Antetokounmpo made 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the 28th triple-double in his career.
Budenholzer missed four games in the health and safety protocols, and assistant Darwin Ham was hired as acting head coach. The Bucks won 1: 3.
Chris Middleton had 23 points, Bobby Portis 20 and Grayson Allen 15 points.
Milwaukee was never behind and took the lead at the break 77-38. Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the first half.
The Boxes are two points behind the biggest break in franchising history, a record they set this season. Milwaukee beat Orlando 123-92 on November 22 to take the lead with a time of 77:36.
The Golden State beat the Bucks in the second half and reduced the deficit to 18 points by Juan Tuscano-Anderson 3 points with 9:39 left, but that was so close to the Warriors.
Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors with 16 points. Jonathan Cumming had 15, Stephen Curry had 12 and Clay Thompson had 11.
The Warriors didn’t have Draymond Green, as the left calf density, which also kept him from losing in Memphis on Tuesday night, led him to play less than a minute in Sunday’s win over Cleveland.
Milwaukee missed goalkeeper Jrue Holiday for the fourth game in a row. Holiday won the NBA health and safety protocols in Brooklyn on Jan. 2 and has since played in three games with left ankle pain.
The fighters have suffered heavy losses on each of their last two trips to Milwaukee.
Last season, the Bucks defeated the Warriors 138-99 in a Christmas Day game in front of an audience at the Fiserv Forum.