Giannis Antetokounmpo returns from 6-game absence
The 2-time Kia MVP played 25 minutes in his first game since April 2, scoring 15 points with 5 rebounds.
ATLANTA (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in his return to the Milwaukee lineup and got plenty of help from his teammates as the Bucks cooled off the surging Atlanta Hawks 120-109 Thursday night.
Antetokounmpo had missed six games with an ailing left knee before getting cleared to play in Atlanta, where he starred in the NBA All-Star Game last month.
He played 25 minutes in his return, hitting 7 of 12 shots to go along with five rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. He didn’t have to carry too much of a load as the Bucks put seven players in double figures, led by Jrue Holiday with 23 points.
“Watching this team play six games, I realize this team is really, really good,” Antetokounmpo said. “I just want to help as much as I can.”
“It was hard being out and missing games, but I enjoyed watching my teammates do what they do.” pic.twitter.com/GAxJjV8Wwr
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 16, 2021
While the Bucks had won their last two games without Antetokounmpo, they were thrilled to have him back on the court.
“He’s our best player,” Holiday said. “That’s the caliber of team we want to be, especially now going into the end of the season. Seeing Giannis out there, he’s so dominant, he attracts so many people. He makes the game easier for everybody else.”
Antetokounmpo first injured his left knee March 20 against San Antonio, and since that night the Bucks have gone 7-6. He had missed eight of those games.