Bucks rely on controversial no call

31 December 2017 05:13:19 GMTPlus11

Giannis Antetokounmpo slammed down a dunk with less than two seconds remaining to push the Milwaukee Bucks past the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-95.

On his game winning drive it appeared that Antetokounmpo stepped out of bounds, which should have resulted in a turnover and the game going over to Oklahoma City.

No call was made however and Milwaukee picked up their second straight to move to within 4.5 games of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Central Division.

Antetokounmpo led the way for the young Bucks, with the 23-year old point forward from Athens, Greece scoring a team high 23 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out six assists for a double-double for the game. 

There are a clear top three teams in the Eastern Conference, with the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers leading the charge towards the Playoffs.

The Bucks are now tied with the Detroit Pistons for the fourth place and look primed to potentially jump into the pool with the big players of the East.

Russell Westbrook led the way for the Thunder in defeat, as the 29-year old point guard out of Long Beach, Southern California scored a game high 40 points while pulling down 14 rebounds and passing out nine assists for a double-double.

Coming into the contest the Thunder have been one of the hottest teams in the last couple of weeks, with the hosts winning eight of their past 10 games after Friday's defeat.

The Bucks head now to Toronto to take on the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Meanwhile the Thunder conclude their four-game home stand on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks before leaving town to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

Oklahoma are 5000.00 to win the Western Conference this season and 5000.00 for NBA Finals glory.

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