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Bucks win first game of restarted seasonSubmitted: 07/31/2020
Bucks win first game of restarted season
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MILWAUKEE - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) " Giannis Antetokounmpo appeared on his way out of the game. Moments later, he was instead on his way to the foul line.

A replay overturned what would have been the NBA's MVP sixth foul with 1:28 left and he made the most of his second chance, helping the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 119-112 on Friday night.

Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in the Bucks' first game in the restart. Milwaukee improved the NBA's best record to 54-12 and moved within a victory of clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year.

It appeared the Bucks would have to do it without the Greek Freak when Marcus Smart slid in front of a driving Antetokounmpo as he scored in the lane. A charge was called but eventually overturned, with Smart saying the official explanation from referees was that he was too late.


"Quite frankly, I think we know all what that was all about. Giannis' sixth foul and they didn't want to get him out," Smart said. "Let's just call that spade a spade and that's just what it is."

The Bucks disagreed.

"I felt like he was moving on the last play but either way if it was a charge, if it was not a charge, I'm happy that we got the win and I'll learn from the play," Antetokounmpo said.

Antetokounmpo made the free throw to make it 110-107. Khris Middleton then knocked down a 3-pointer for a six-point advantage.

Middleton added 18 points for the Bucks, who played without Eric Bledsoe and Pat Connaughton while they work on their conditioning after testing positive for the coronavirus. Marvin Williams sat out with a strained left groin.

Smart scored 23 points for the Celtics and Jaylen Brown had 22, but star forward Jayson Tatum had a nightmarish restart. He had five points on 2-for-18 shooting " though he actually only made one basket.

Kemba Walker scored 16 points but played just 19 minutes as the Celtics look to keep the All-Star guard healthy after he's been battling a sore knee.

Milwaukee had lost its final three games before the season was suspended in March but came back looking like the team that otherwise overpowered opponents all season. The Bucks broke to a 17-2 lead and should have been pitching a shutout. The lone Boston basket came when Antetokounmpo and Wesley Matthews tipped in Walker's missed 3-pointer. Tatum was given credit for the basket as the closest Celtics player.

"I thought we had a great mindset coming out in the first five minutes," Bucks center Brook Lopez said.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Gordon Hayward scored 17 points and Daniel Theis had 13 points and 12 rebounds. ... Boston fell to 3-8, counting playoffs, against the Bucks the last two seasons. Milwaukee eliminated the Celtics in five games in last year's East semifinals.

Bucks: Lopez had six blocked shots. ... Coach Mike Budenholzer said he believed Williams' injury wasn't serious and hoped the forward could be available soon. He thinks Williams was hurt during the second scrimmage and felt sore the next morning.

AWARD WINNERS

The game featured all the the monthly award winners in the Eastern Conference this season. Antetokounmpo won for October/November, December and January before Tatum earned the first of his career in February.

UP NEXT

Celtics: Play Portland on Sunday.

Bucks: Play Houston on Sunday.

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And unlike so many events in the Northwoods, the races are still on.

The raceway's president Cliff Flannery said the team is going the extra mile to make sure it's safe.

"Everythings a go, I mean there's no stopping us. But we're still going to be really cautious of what's going on here," said Flannery.

But the decision to continue the events was not spur-of-the-moment.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, event organizers discussed it with the county board, the sheriff, lawyers, and the health department.

"We talked to a lot of people before we did it," Flannery said.

Just like every other year, Cliff and his team are prepping the 400 acres for use.

Putting up lights, cutting the grass, and setting up the hundreds of campsites.

Except this year they have a few more tasks.

"It's a totally different deal," he said.

Building signs of all kinds, and buying new equipment.

"This covid has taken us a lot of time, and it's costing us a lot of money," said Flannery.

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Speaking Wednesday on WTMJ-AM, Morales said he's retiring because if he returned as a captain it would be at a reduced salary and would negatively impact his pension payments. 

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"I mean COVID has hit the bowling business really, really hard no matter where your bowling center is," said Sharon Cline, bowling manager at Hodag Lanes.

And with the construction on Stevens Street, the bowling alley was in a tough situation.

"The construction was also a big play for us because with all the construction out here it was tough for anybody to get through," Cline said.

A lot of memories were created in the bowling alley for various citizens in the city.

"I probably started bowling in the early '80s on the Wednesday night women's league," said Sherri Schilleman, Rhinelander resident. "We had the 9 o'clock slot I believe back then."

For her and many families in Rhinelander, bowling was very popular.

"Bowling is actually a big sport in Rhinelander," said Schilleman. "And I think in the last couple of years bowling was actually starting to make another comeback. So it's sad because people are gonna have to find something else to do."

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A volunteer found it in the white cedar swamps near Crandon. Now Doyle and others hope to preserve it.

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