Milwaukee came into this game looking for some redemption after dropping their previous contest against the Clippers, but were not lucky enough to catch the injury-depleted Warriors at their weakest. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green both suited up this evening, and while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson remained sidelined, the return of the Warriors’ All Star forwards presented a much tougher challenge for the Bucks on the second of their four-game road trip.
Giannis Antetokounmpo demonstrated a high level of aggression early on, and kept it up with 32 points (on 14/18 shooting, including 2-3 threes), 5 assists, and 2 steals. Khris Middleton had it working from all over as well, putting in 23 points and 2 steals. Eric Bledsoe started slowly, but heated up in the second half and ended up at 20 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Jabari Parker added 14 points, 7 boards, and 3 assists off the bench.
Kevin Durant, who normally scores with ease, was limited to 10 points...mostly because he was ejected in the first half. Point guard Quinn Cook continued his hot streak with a career-high 30 points. Draymond Green finished at 11 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, “former” Buck Patrick McCaw put up 12 points and 3 assists, and perennial goofball (and pretty good center) JaVale McGee added 12 points and (somehow) zero rebounds.
Stat That Stood Out
Zero: the dribbles Giannis needs to dunk on a fast break possession.
Giannis corralled this a step outside the three-point line and dunks without dribbling pic.twitter.com/uurq5CVkZ5— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) March 30, 2018
But in all seriousness...
59.1% – the Milwaukee Bucks’ field goal percentage (39/66) for the first three quarters. Beating the defending champions at their home is no easy feat, and even if the Warriors were missing two (and a half) of their four All Stars, Milwaukee was properly locked-in tonight, and was able to withstand the inevitable runs that Golden State put on them.