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Rapid Recap: Bucks 104, Nuggets 98

Milwaukee earns the season sweep on Denver

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

In a game that featured the vibrant MECCA-tribute City Edition uniforms, the Bucks were able to knock off the visiting Denver Nuggets, 104-98.

Things didn’t go Milwaukee’s way at all in the first half. A sluggish two quarters featured blown layups, botched passes, and just an all-around lack of creativity. When the first periods were finished, Denver maintained a 56-46 advantage.

Thankfully, the Bucks would come alive in the third quarter. They’d end up heading into the fourth quarter up a single point, 78-77 — thanks in large part to a fella named Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Denver would keep it nip-and-tuck the rest of the way, but the firepower of Antetokounmpo and Bledsoe pushed Milwaukee to the finish line. For Milwaukee, Giannis led the way with 29 points. Eric Bledsoe made his presence felt with 23 of his own.

Stat That Stood Out

I’m going to keep this simple. Giannis was making himself felt in all facets of the game, which really isn’t something new. But when the Bucks needed their star player the most, he came out in full force. The matchup vs. Paul Millsap down low was a sight to see. Just the sheer strength and force he exhibited on the multiple dunks was worthy of being displayed next to the Mona Lisa. All in all, he tallied a 29-12-6 stat line. Considering Khris Middleton was 1-of-8 from deep, it was imperative for Antetokounmpo to step up. Also, a major tip of the cap to Eric Bledsoe. That man has been balling. Ever since the Portland game, he’s been on an absolute tear. When Bledose is on, the rest of this team is on.