Bucks Buzz: Another Second Half Surge Carries Milwaukee
On Friday night, Milwaukee put themselves down 22 points in the first half. It wasn’t pretty, but the Bucks found a way to win the game going away. On Monday, things repeated themselves somewhat against Denver. Bucks trailed by 17 points in the first half, but surged back in the second half to make this anyone’s game in the fourth. Bucks hit a couple more big shots than Denver and pulled away victorious for the 104-98 win. It’s the first time Milwaukee swept Denver since 2009-2010 season. Milwaukee wins their second straight game and puts themselves on a winning streak for the first time since they started the year 7-0.
Player of the Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo – If you just watched the third quarter, you knew the story of the game. Giannis played like an MVP. He dunked everything, he made every big play and brought the Bucks back into this basketball game. Denver gives up the most points at the rim, and it showed on Monday night with Giannis assaulting the tin on a regular basis. He finished the game with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. This could jump start Antetokounmpo this week to have a hot performance.
Honorable Mention: Eric Bledsoe – What a game for Bled. He could have easily took home the POG crown. Bledsoe went off for 23 points, five boards and five assists. He also made three of four threes including a big one that gave Milwaukee a lead they never gave back from the Nuggets. The Milwaukee point guard had as much to do with their second half explosion as Giannis did on Monday. He’s been very good for Milwaukee this season. Would like to have a word with those who thought he should be traded to make a championship team.
One Thing I Liked: Defense came to play late – Milwaukee tightened their grip on the Nuggets in the third and fourth quarter. After allowing 56 points in the first half, they held Denver to 42 in the second. That’s a great job by Milwaukee. Denver did help them with a few careless turnovers, but still, Milwaukee took advantage of those on the other end. There’s a reason why the Bucks rank first in defensive efficiency.
One Thing I Didn’t Like: Free throw woes – Milwaukee continues to be a bad free throw team. Not sure what’s happening there, but a professional team shouldn’t be this bad at shooting throws. Bucks went a woeful 13-22 from the line. As a point guard, Bledsoe cannot miss five three throws in a game. That’s not good. Teams will hone in on that late and try to foul him versus putting Khris Middleton on the line.
Highlight of the Night: One-handed Oop – Didn’t know we would get Johnny Mac on the call but we did which led to him losing his shit when Giannis put down this dunk.
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Next up: Milwaukee stays playing West Coast teams as they’ll take on Portland on Wednesday night. With it being Blackout Wednesday, you’ll get a rowdy crowd at the Fiserv Forum. Bucks are looking to get revenge from one of their four losses this season. Blazers will be coming to Milwaukee having played on Tuesday. This will be their third game in four nights.