Spark Trader Limited

Spark Trader Limited reports:

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 47 points, Kris Middleton tied Milwaukee’s 3-point record and the Bucks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-102 on Wednesday night.
Middleton, back after missing eight games with COVID-19, played 30 minutes and hit back-to-back 3-pointers 30 seconds into the fourth quarter to give the Bucks the lead for good. The second 3-pointer was his 1,051 with the Bucks, tied with Ray Allen for the most in franchise history.
“It’s a very special place,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think we all appreciate what Chris does every night, his ability to shoot the ball, the different ways he shoots the ball, and his consistency and durability here.”
Allen had an NBA-record 2,973 3-pointers in his career, which also featured with the Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
Lebron James missed his eighth straight game for the Lakers because of an abdominal strain. The lakers are 3-5 in that span.
The Lakers are also without Trevor Ariza and Kendrick Nunn, who have yet to play this season.
“It’s part of the game,” said Anthony Davis, who scored 18 points for the Lakers. “So did the team we just played against. They were hurt, too. That’s the league. That’s the spirit of the game. You put your body on the line every night and, god forbid, things happen over the course of a season. Someone’s going to get hurt. We have to make adjustments and keep fighting until everyone comes back.”

Spark Trader Limited
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Taron Horton Tucker scored a career-high 28 points and 25 points for the Lakers in a 121-103 loss to the Chicago Bulls two nights ago. Russell Westbrook scored 19 points, Malik Monk 11 and Carmelo Anthony 10.
Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in game 6 of the Finals over the Phoenix SUNS to win his first championship since 1971.
“I want to be the aggressor on the court,” Antetokounmpo said. “I want to make contact, get inside, make the right plays, just have an edge on the perimeter.”
Portis added 17 points for the Bucks. Middleton and Pat Connaughton have 16 each.
It was the third game of the season in which the Bucks had their top three players — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. The others were a 127-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the opener and a 121-111 victory over the Spurs on Oct. 23.
Bucks center Brook Lopez hasn’t played since the game against the Nets because of back problems, and guard Donte Divinizzo hasn’t made his season debut. Divinizenzo tore ligaments in his left ankle in the first round of the 2020-21 playoffs.
The rebound
Lakers: Coach Frank Vogel was pragmatic about the renaming of the Lakers’ home court. The building, known as the Staples Center since it opened in October 1999, will be the Crypto.com Arena starting Christmas. “It’s tough, you know what I mean?” Vogel said. “I think Lakers fans and real sports fans in general know about Staples Center. I understand the disappointment of the fans, but that’s the way the world works. That’s the business we’re in. Almost everywhere in the country, there is a commercial element to naming rights. It’s really out of our control.”
Bucks: The victory opened a five-game homestand for the Bucks, who just completed a five-game road trip. The Bucks went 2-3 on the road, losing to Boston and Atlanta.

 

By Ethan