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Giannis Antetokounmpo has 36 points, 16 rebounds to power Bucks past Hawks.

Staff Reporter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and made 16 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 122-113 in the NBA.

Antetokounmpo has posted at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in 34 games this season, more than any other player.

The two-time Most Valuable Player also provided eight assists in Atlanta.

The Hawks remain second in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics, while defeat ended Atlanta's four-game winning streak and left them 10th.

Khris Middleton scored 21 points for the Bucks, with 18 from Patrick Beverly, who started because Damian Lillard missed the game for personal reasons.

Beverley said Bucks coach Doc Rivers "was kind of hesitant" to give him a full starter's share of minutes before he received clearance for his wrist injury.

"He wanted to protect me, as a coach should," Beverley said after playing 36 minutes and having five assists with no turnovers.

Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Hawks with 38 points and 10 rebounds.

The Celtics, who had lost their previous two games, won 104-92 at the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jayson Tatum recorded 23 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and Kristaps Porzingis 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics.

Seven Orlando Magic players posted double-figure scores as they beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-88.

Wendell Carter Jr finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs scored 15 apiece in Orlando.