MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s inside game is setting up the Bucks’ new-look, long-range attack. Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Khris Middleton added 25 points to help Milwaukee beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101 on Friday night in the regular-season opener in the new Fiserv Forum. The Bucks hoisted up a franchise-record 47 3-point attempts. “To some degree if we’re attacking the paint, we’re attacking the basket and we’re getting
MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler’s trade request last month instantly turned him from fan favorite to scorned superstar in Minnesota. With some hustle steals and highlight-reel baskets, he quickly had the crowd at the home opener on his side. Butler brushed off some early jeers, scoring 33 points in 36 minutes to lead the Timberwolves past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123 on Friday night. “I knew as soon as I made an effort play, it was going to turn into cheers,” Butler
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Parker said he’d never seen anything like it in his 18 seasons in the NBA. The Charlotte Hornets went small ball — like really, really small ball —during a stretch to start the fourth quarter and nearly overcame a 20-point deficit before falling 113-112 to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists and made two free throws with 23.
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo was all smiles but had no jokes. The Milwaukee Bucks’ All-Star forward was more business this time around: While he didn’t indulge reporters by opening his media day session on Monday with a gag, as he had done in previous years, Antetokounmpo still flashed an infectious grin. Things are looking up for the Milwaukee Bucks as they move into a new arena this fall, with a new coach leading a team headlined by one of the NBA’s bright,