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The Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a near triple-double as Milwaukee Bucks defeated Miami Heat 98-113 at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday night.

The Bucks, now with a 52-17 win-loss record and two straight wins, are on top of the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks became the first team in the history of NBA to overcome a 20-point deficit at half-time and go on to win by more than 11 points.

On Feb. 18, 1977, the Bucks were trailing 52-72 against the New York Knicks during the break, but went on to win the game 124-123.

The Milwaukee team were 0-100 in all other instances, 0-77 on the road.

"To do what we did in the second half, I'm just pleased with the guys the way they were able to flip it," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Our defense fuels our offense. We want that to be our identity."

In 35 minutes of game time, Antetokounmpo posted 33 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists for the Eastern Conference leaders.

Khris Middleton netted 21 points, while Eric Bledsoe contributed another 17 for the winning team.

Montenegrin-Spanish player Nikola Mirotic scored eight points in 29 minutes of action, making three of nine field goals, including two of five three-pointers, while recovering six rebounds and providing an assist.

Spanish player Pau Gasol did not get to play owing to the decision of the coach.

The Heat, despite their fourth defeat in 10 games, are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 32-36 win-loss record.

For the Miami team, Justise Winslow led the attack with 20 points and Josh Richardson netted 11 points, whereas Hassan Whiteside posted a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.

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