NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Milwaukee 35 29 26 37 127
Memphis 29 33 33 19 114
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , December 13, 2019
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee  Attendance: 16,109

Surging Bucks bid for 17th straight win in Memphis

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Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies

  1. The Bucks and Grizzlies split their two meetings last season, each winning on the road. Milwaukee has won its last two trips to Memphis after losing the previous six.
  2. Milwaukee's 16-game winning streak is tied for second longest in team history, behind a 20-game streak in February/March of 1971. The Bucks' only other win streak of 16 games within a single season also came in the 1970-71 campaign (October/November) -- the season of Milwaukee's lone NBA title.
  3. Memphis is coming off back-to-back road wins over the Warriors Monday (110-102) and the Suns Wednesday (115-108). Five of the Grizzlies' last six wins (since November 11) have come on the road.
  4. Ja Morant leads all NBA rookies in scoring (18.7 ppg) and assists per game (6.4). The franchise rookie records are 18.7 points per game by Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996-97, and 6.5 assists per game by Mike Bibby in 1998-99.
  5. The Bucks won comfortably over the Pelicans on Wednesday (127-112) as Giannis Antetokounmpo missed his first game of the season (right quad soreness). Antetokounmpo has scored 20 or more points in 21 straight games, the second-longest active NBA streak (James Harden, 23).
  6. Since the start of last season, Brook Lopez ranks second in the NBA with 232 blocked shots (Myles Turner, 239). Lopez has made 221 three-pointers over that span, making him the only NBA player with at least 200 blocks and 200 threes since 2018-19.
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Milwaukee Bucks will vie for their 17th straight win when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.

The Bucks tied the second-longest winning streak in franchise history with a 127-112 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. They are closing in on the franchise record of 20 straight wins, set during the team's 1970-71 championship season.

Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Wednesday's game because of soreness in his right quad. His status for Friday was unclear as of Thursday afternoon as Milwaukee prepares for back-to-back games against the Grizzlies and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers (on Saturday).

"We'll take it day by day and we're always going to err on the side of caution," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters.

Antetokounmpo's absence was not a factor against the Pelicans as Eric Bledsoe scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 24 in the victory. Bledsoe finished the game 10 for 13 from the field while adding six assists.

"I think we took a little bit more ownership of what's going on out there," Middleton said of both his and Bledsoe's effort. "When Giannis is out there, I mean, he draws such a huge crowd we play through him a lot. With him out tonight we know we're just going to have to do a little bit more."

Veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova started in place of Antetokounmpo and had a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds.

"Ersan is in a great place," Budenholzer said. "He's making a lot of those feel plays, those rhythm plays. The offense is moving a little better recently and I think that suits Ersan. His ability to slip and roll in the pick-and-rolls and work behind the defense, he's just a really smart player."

The Grizzlies are trying to build a win streak of their own. After losing nine of 10 games, Memphis has won two straight for the first time in a month after a 115-108 victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night to earn a split of their four-game road trip.

Dillon Brooks had 27 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 and three 3-pointers as the Grizzlies built a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

"We were guarding," Brooks said. "We were taking it personal. They beat us at our house, so we wanted to beat them at their crib."

It was Brooks' third game this season with at least 25 points and the Grizzlies are 6-0 this season when he scores 20 or more.

Brandon Clarke had 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench and rookie Ja Morant had 13 points and six assists, although he was ruled out Friday's game with a back injury. Morant has 39 points and 13 assists in his last two games after missing the previous four with back spasms.

"I feel like we're just playing the way we need to play honestly, what we're capable of," Morant said. "Being able to see the guys (while) sitting out the first two on the road I just got to see what type or team we can be so I just try to come in an bring as much energy as I can, share the ball, give guys open looks. And I feel now everybody is locked into what we need to do."

Reserve De'Anthony Melton chipped in nine points, six rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes.

Grizzlies guard Grayson Allen didn't play because of right ankle soreness, but Kyle Anderson (heel) played after missing five straight games.

The Grizzlies are 3-10 at home while the Bucks are 10-2 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 13, 2019

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