Giannis Antetokounmpo helps Milwaukee Bucks reach last eight.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo helps Milwaukee Bucks reach last eight.

As the Milwaukee Bucks reached the knockout rounds of the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament with a perfect record, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points.

As the top seeds in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks advanced to the last eight behind Damian Lillard’s 32 points.

The quarter-finals will be held on December 4 and 5 and the team seeded fourth will host the New York Knicks.

As the Group Play stage concluded on Tuesday, six teams secured places in the last eight.

By beating the Charlotte Hornets 115-91, the Knicks advanced as runners-up to the Bucks in Group B, while the Boston Celtics advanced as winners of Group C.

In the Western Conference, the Sacramento Kings topped Group C with a narrow 124-123 win over the Golden State Warriors, while the Phoenix Suns clinched a wildcard spot behind Group A winners the LA Lakers following a 106-103 win for the Minnesota Timberwolves against Oklahoma City.

As the Houston Rockets lost 121-115 to the Dallas Mavericks, the New Orleans Pelicans qualified as Group B winners.

Los Angeles Lakers (West Group A winners) and Indiana Pacers (East Group A winners) had already secured quarterfinal spots.

After the quarter-finals of the NBA in-season tournament, the semi-finals will take place on 7 December before the final on 9 December in Las Vegas.

Khris Middleton, player for the Bucks, said that the task was completed. In order to get to Vegas now, we will have to do a little bit more work than we planned.

Our goal is to go to Vegas. It’s what we’ve been waiting for. It’s an exciting time for us. Our goal is to go to Vegas, so we’re happy with that.”