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Thursday's Bucks News: Kidd pleased with Middleton's progress

Bucks 129, Nets 125: Giannis gets winning sendoff: Jason Kidd called it a "trap game," but the Milwaukee Bucks escaped with a 129-125 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center. Everyone was heading out for the All-Star break after the game, eager to fly to warmer climes. And the Bucks wanted to send All-Star starter Giannis Antetokounmpo off to New Orleans on the right note. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bucks keeping a rein on Middleton's minutes: Khris Middleton will play in his fourth game since returning from hamstring surgery when the Bucks meet Brooklyn on Wednesday night in their final game prior to the league All-Star break. Bucks coach Jason Kidd said he is pleased with Middleton's progress. The plan has been to keep the shooting guard's playing time around the 16-to-20 minute mark, with his high total being 21 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers last week. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel