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.
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.