Giannis Antetokounmpo helps Bucks beat Bulls in Game 1 of NBA playoffs

Everything looked ready as the Milwaukee Bucks began their quest for back-to-back NBA titles.

Fiserv Forum had a different energy before Game 1 on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. There were white “Built for This” towels draped over every seat and a palpable playoff buzz in the arena that felt edgier than the 41 regular-season games.

The Bucks also started like they were keyed up on adrenaline and the crowd responded at eardrum-puncturing levels. But all that energy soon dissipated and Milwaukee had to fight for a 93-86 victory in a slugfest that came down to the final minutes.

Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 16 rebounds, but didn’t score in the fourth quarter due mostly to foul trouble. Brook Lopez added 18 points and Jrue Holiday 15, with both hitting key baskets down the stretch.

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