After shaking off the shellacking they endured on Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks managed to beat the Orlando Magic with relative ease, 110-103.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the charge with 26 points (on 15 shots) and 7 rebounds, all in 34 minutes. After snapping his extended streak of 20-plus point nights a few days ago, Giannis seemed to be in attack mode from the get go this evening.
Strong work in the paint!! pic.twitter.com/KL394vSgWh— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 11, 2018
Baseline SLAM!! pic.twitter.com/TaGt9VYt48— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 11, 2018
The rest of the starters also performed well, including after Giannis left the game early in the fourth quarter. Khris Middleton had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. Eric Bledsoe put up 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks, and John Henson filled out the first string with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
Evan Fournier (aka “NEVER GOOGLE”) led Orlando with 21 points. Aaron Gordon (11 points and 4 rebounds) was held to an inefficient shooting night (4/18 from the field); his otherworldly athleticism got the best of the Bucks early on, but he cooled off considerably as the game wore on. Bismack Biyombo worked his way to 14 points and 9 boards, and noted Bucks-killer Marreese Speights added 14 points off the bench, including 4/8 from deep.
Stat That Stood Out
+20. The third quarter of this game was a straight-up bludgeoning by the Bucks. They sliced and diced their way to the rim, finding themselves on the right side of a 28-8 points in the paint differential in the period. Giannis and Brogdon were the most frequent fliers, and their work to get easy looks helped break the game open after halftime.