Bucks winning streak reaches nine games

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MILWAUKEE, Wi. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 16 points in his return from injury, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-102 on Wednesday night for their ninth consecutive victory.
Middleton, who had been out since Nov. 10 with a thigh contusion, didn't start and played 20 minutes.
Antetokounmpo followed his season-high 50 points on Monday by notching his 18th consecutive double-double. The reigning MVP's streak of double-doubles is the longest to begin a season since Bill Walton opened with 34 straight in 1976-77.
Antetokounmpo was 3 for 11 from the free throw line for the Eastern Conference leaders, on their longest winning streak since winning 10 straight in 1985-86.
Former Bucks forward Jabari Parker scored a season-high 33 points for the Hawks and added 14 rebounds. Trae Young scored 29 points as Atlanta (4-14) dropped its eighth straight.
Parker scoring the Hawks' first eight points on their way to a 17-15 lead. Then Milwaukee scored 18 straight, getting seven from Middleton, to jump to a 33-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Hawks battled back in the second period, behind Parker's 15 points and Young's 14. By the time Young drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer going into halftime, they had shaved the Bucks' lead to 60-59.
The Hawks took an 82-81 lead into the fourth, but Antetokounmpo sparked the crowd by scoring over Parker on a drive to the hoop and drawing Parker's fourth foul. Robin Lopez tipped in Antetokounmpo's missed free throw, giving Milwaukee an 87-84 lead with just over 10 minutes left.
The game stayed tight until Middleton hit a 3-point basket with just under 4 minutes left to put Milwaukee up, 102-93.
Hawks: Guard Kevin Huerter (left rotator cuff strain) missed his eighth straight game. He has also been ruled out for the next two games, on Friday and Saturday. . Entering Wednesday, Atlanta ranked second in the NBA in points in the paint per game (53.3) and Parker ranked tied for third in slam dunks (47).
Bucks: Middleton, the team's second-leading scorer who entered Wednesday averaging 18.5 points per game, had been expected to miss three to four weeks. ``It's probably going to be one or two games and he'll be starting,'' coach Mike Budenholzer said. ... Guard George Hill (back soreness) was out for a second straight game.
Hawks: At Indiana on Friday.
Bucks: At Cleveland on Friday.