Without Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks open their series against the Pacers with a win

Without Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks open their series against the Pacers with a win

Milwaukee— Damian Lillard scored his 35 points before the first half and the Milwaukee Bucks They withstood the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-94. Indiana Pacers in the first game of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

The Bucks needed Lillard to take over without Antetokounmpo, whose return to the court is uncertain as he deals with a left calf strain, an injury that caused him to miss Milwaukee’s final three games of the regular season.

With Antetokounmpo watching from the sideline, Lillard responded by setting a Bucks record for points in any half of a postseason game.

Pascal Siakam had 36 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who had not scored fewer than 99 points in the regular season, averaging 123.3 per game, leading the NBA. Indiana was 8 of 39 from 3-point range.

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