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Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to shoot against Grizzlies center Marc Gasol during the second half Monday night at the Bradley Center. Antetokounmpo was 10-for-22 from the field.

AARON GASH, ASSOCIATED PRESS

MILWAUKEE — After being torched for 65 points in the first half, the Milwaukee Bucks turned up the defensive pressure against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Milwaukee held Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter to get back into the game and pulled away in the fourth for a 110-103 victory at the Bradley Center.

“In the first half, it was a shootaround,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “I thought in the second half we focused on the defensive end.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bucks.

“We want to be a defensive team,” Antetokounmpo said. “Sometimes we make mistakes and forget who we are.”

Memphis coach David Fizdale said the Grizzlies lacked intensity in the third quarter.

“We try to pride ourselves on our toughness and I didn’t think we held up our end of the bargain tonight,” Fizdale said.

Khris Middleton and John Henson had 17 points apiece as Milwaukee won a season-high third straight. Henson made eight of 10 shots in his highest-scoring game this season.

Tyreke Evans scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, and Dillon Brooks had 19 points.

After the Bucks threatened to pull away late in the third, Evans scored nine consecutive points to pull Memphis into an 84-all tie early in the fourth quarter. Memphis pulled ahead on Brooks’ 3-pointer with about nine minutes left. Milwaukee tied it on Tony Snell’s corner 3.

A soft drop-in by Antetokounmpo put the Bucks ahead 100-96 with just under 5 minutes remaining, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“Normally that game gets away from us,” Kidd said.

The Bucks got off to a strong start, shooting 65 percent from the field in the first quarter, including 6-for-6 on 3-pointers, to take a 34-29 lead.

“It was a confidence boost to see shots go down,” Middleton said.

Memphis hit 10 of its first 11 shots in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead with 4:24 left in the half. Milwaukee made just one of six shots from long-range in the quarter.

In the paint

Middleton, who entered the game shooting 26 percent from 3-point range, hit his first three shots from long range in the first quarter. ... Guard Eric Bledsoe started but was a game-time decision due to a knee contusion. “He got hit. It was sore,” Kidd said. “He was good yesterday. This morning he woke up and it was a little sore.” ... Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic missed his third straight game with left knee soreness.

Memphis 29 36 12 26 — 103

Milwaukee 34 26 24 26 — 110

MEMPHIS Ennis III 2-5 0-0 5, Martin 1-5 0-0 2, Gasol 6-14 3-4 16, Conley 2-12 1-2 7, Brooks 6-9 5-5 19, Parsons 1-2 0-0 3, Wright 5-9 0-0 10, Chalmers 3-4 7-8 14, McLemore 0-0 0-0 0, Evans 11-16 2-2 27. Totals 37-76 18-21 103.

MILWAUKEE — Middleton 6-13 1-1 17, Antetokounmpo 10-22 7-9 27, Henson 8-10 1-1 17, Bledsoe 4-10 6-8 15, Snell 3-6 1-2 9, Maker 2-3 2-4 6, Dellavedova 1-3 0-0 3, Liggins 2-4 0-0 6, Brogdon 4-11 0-0 10. Totals 40-82 18-25 110.

3-point goals — Me 11-26 (Evans 3-4, Brooks 2-4, Conley 2-7, Parsons 1-1, Chalmers 1-2, Ennis III 1-3, Gasol 1-4, Martin 0-1), Mi 12-22 (Middleton 4-5, Liggins 2-3, Snell 2-4, Brogdon 2-4, Dellavedova 1-2, Bledsoe 1-3, Antetokounmpo 0-1). Fouled out — Chalmers. Rebounds — Me 37 (Gasol 10), Mi 36 (Antetokounmpo 9). Assists — Me 21 (Chalmers, Gasol 6), Mi 23 (Antetokounmpo 7). Total fouls — Me 25, Mi 19. Technicals — Me coach, G defensive 3 second. Att. — 13,244.

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