MILWAUKEE (AP) Someday, the Milwaukee Bucks might have a dynamic playmaking duo to rival Oklahoma City’s 1-2 punch of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
For now, Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo can watch and learn from the Thunder’s fearsome twosome.
Durant had 32 points and 12 rebounds, Russell Westbrook posted his 10th triple-double of the season and the Thunder built a big early lead before holding on for a 104-96 victory on Sunday.
“We had a couple of lulls in the game here and there, but for the most part we were solid all night. They didn’t get nothing easy,” Durant said.
Westbrook finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder, who led by 21 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter before nearly getting overrun by the Bucks.
Antetokounmpo picked up his third triple-double of the season with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Parker had 26 points and shot 12 of 23 from the field.
Parker and Antetokounmpo form the frontcourt core of the young Bucks. Durant and Westbrook are one of the top veteran forward-guard combos in the league.
While they don’t play the exact same positions, all four players can fill up the stat sheet.
“When you look at Oklahoma City, they’re veteran guys who have gone through the process that Giannis and Jabari are going through,” coach Jason Kidd said. “We can take that path because those two are both pretty talented. I think Giannis and Jabari can do that.”
Khris Middleton scored 18 points, including 10 straight during a 24-5 run between the third and fourth quarters that drew the Bucks within 84-82 with 11:23 left.
But Oklahoma City withstood the Bucks from there, holding Milwaukee without a field goal for about a 7-minute stretch of the fourth quarter.
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