Middleton has career-best 51, Bucks win minus Antetokounmpo

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Khris Middleton scored a career-high 51 points in the absence of injured teammate Giannis Antetokounmpo, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 151-131 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Middleton, hoping to be chosen an All-Star reserve for the second straight year on Thursday, also had 10 rebounds and six assists while hitting 16 of 26 shots and 7 of 10 3-pointers. Milwaukee (41-6) scored a franchise-record 88 points in the first half, finished with its highest total of the season and won its ninth straight game despite the absence of Antetokounmpo, who sat out with a right shoulder injury. Bradley Beal led the Wizards (15-31) with 47 points.