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VIDEO: Giannis Antetokounmpo breaks out of slump vs. Bulls in 1st half of Game 3

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Giannis Antetokounmpo knows he's struggled against the Bulls -- and not just over the past week. But he put all of that behind him in the first half on Thursday, scoring 17 points to help the Bucks to a 53-49 halftime lead.

Giannis started early in the way you might expect: on the break. A lefty transition finish got it started, and he again turned to his left hand for an acrobatic and-one moments later:

Those easy buckets appeared to give Giannis confidence from the outside as well, as he stroked a pair of long jumpers to keep the Bulls' defense honest.