The Milwaukee Bucks earned their 36th victory of the season with a 115-105 triumph over the Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena last night. Not only are the Bucks 36-13, but they have yet to lose consecutive games all season. It’s been a truly remarkable stretch. They now stand at 14-9 on the road. What do they say about good teams? They win on the road. Here are three Bucks who deserve props for their contributions in the win.
Just another day at the office for Giannis Antetkounmpo.
It wasn’t his most dominant performance by any means, but he still ended with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. He unleashed a running floater multiple times which was encouraging to see because that shot is open for him basically every time down the floor. The Greek Freak made 8-of-16 shots overall, but what stuck out the most was the way he was facilitating the offense. He was very patient and waiting for the right creases to open so he could throw a dime right in the shooter’s pocket.
Welcome to the Bledshow.
Even though point guard Eric Bledsoe tweaked his wrist early in the game, he toughed out the ailment and racked up 20 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. He was very efficient offensively, making 8-of-15 shots from the field and 3-of-5 attempts from deep. What injury? In fact, he looked even better after the injury. Maybe it was him changing red wrist tape for black tape. E-Bled finished a team-high plus-17 and his strong campaign just keeps marching on.
Eric Bledsoe— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 30, 2019
20 pts (8-15 FG) (3-5 3pt FG)
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Pat Connaughton has risen!
Out of nowhere, he erupted for 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists in 22 minutes off the bench. He has seldom played the last few weeks, but he provided a huge spark off the bench for Milwaukee. Offensively he was active and successfully knifed his way into the lane multiple times while also connecting on a few of his patented backdoor cuts. Pat was also ready to shoot whenever he got the ball and he connected on 7-of-8 shots and 2-of-3 three-pointers. The Bucks bench has been struggling for a few games, but with Connaughton’s strong performance the Bucks were able to command a double-digit lead for the majority of the game.
- Khris Middleton was solid again, finishing with 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. He picked his spots effectively offensively but did commit a few careless turnovers as well.
- Brook Lopez made a few step-back threes per usual en route to 14 points and 3 blocked shots. He’s truly been a revelation for the Bucks this year.
- Shout out to D.J. Wilson who finished with 9 points in 18 minutes. He hadn’t scored in the previous three contests but was effective in his stint off the bench. He was active on both ends of the floor, using his mobility to get open and disrupt passing lanes. He loves playing in Detroit.
- Tony Snell had 11 points in a spot start for Malcolm Brogdon and chipped in with 11 points. He also converted a 4-point play!
- The Bucks made 54 percent of their shots and 40.6 percent of their threes.