It’d be another sluggish start out of the gates for Milwaukee, as they were down by double digits early on and then led by just a single point at halftime. It’d remain close throughout, as the fourth quarter was neck-and-neck down to the wire. Eventually, the Bucks would prevail — albeit with loads of stress. However, a Khris Middleton 3-pointer with just over five seconds left sent the good guys home with a win.
Malcolm Brogdon would finish with a “quiet” 24 points of his own. And it was another night at the office for Giannis Antetokounmpo. When I say another night at the office, I mean almost another casual triple-double. He posted a final stat line of 36 points, 11 boards, and eight assists. Also, he gave Jabari Parker a warm welcome:
...and another one.
Stat That Stood Out
Eric Bledsoe’s shot chart. It was very odd not seeing him near double-digit FGA’s on the evening, as he finished with just three shots. The Bucks got plenty of other shots from a supporting cast, but again, it was just bizarre to see. I thought the stats board had an error when I first saw it. He did have four assists on the night, but it was comforting to see the Bucks win a close without him being relied on late in the clutch. I thought we’d see some more aggressiveness from him down the stretch, but there was never really a scenario where we got that.
(Note: Malcolm Brogdon’s 6-of-6 line from deep was impressive as well. Lots of catch-and-shoot action. Congrats to The President on a career high.)