Despite landing awkwardly last game, Giannis Antetokounmpo cared not for preseason injury hazards and decimated a Dallas Mavericks team in barely any time at all during a 118-111 victory for the Milwaukee Bucks. It started with a modest 31-24 lead for Milwaukee, with a more even second quarter that resulted in a 61-55 advantage for the Bucks. As has been the case all preseason, the third quarter showed Milwaukee’s depth was superior, ballooning to a 99-82 lead. Then, Boban happened. Well, Boban also partially happened against Luke Maye, which is never a recipe for success, but it turned the fourth quarter into a slaughterhouse for the Mavericks as they roundly outscored the Bucks. Dragan Bender came the rescue though, securing a still-perfect preseason as Milwaukee won out.
It was a study in efficiency for Giannis, who needed only 23 minutes to amass 34 points and 11 rebounds, including 3⁄4 from deep. The last stat is a nice change from his off-target shots against Utah. Ersan Ilyasova returned with a vengeance, notching 18 points with 5/7 from deep. Brook Lopez got the night off but Dragan Bender acquitted himself well again with 17 points and hitting the decisive three as the fourth wound down. Donte DiVincenzo took advantage of extended minutes with 14 points.
Luke Doncic starred for the Mavericks, getting 27 points on the strength of a 10/11 from the stripe and 5/7 from deep. Kristaps Porzingis, his new dancing partner, struggled to just 4/13 for the evening for 11 points.
Stat That Stood Out
For the third preseason game in a row, Milwaukee continues to hit the triple at an impressively, likely unsustainable, rate. They have gone 49/122 thus far in the preseason, good for 40.2%. If nothing else, it shows the calibers of shooters they have up and down the roster.