It wasn’t easy, but the Milwaukee Bucks staved off repeated offensive jabs by the Brooklyn Nets to secure another victory 131-121. Milwaukee raced out to a fast start in the first, leading 35-20 after one period. Brooklyn battled back in the second quarter, making it a five-point game at halftime, 59-54. That advantage dwindled to 91-89 by the time the fourth started. The fourth featured the Bucks continuously grabbing a decent lead, only to see the Nets battle back. In the end, it wasn’t enough for Brooklyn to snatch a victory though, as the Bucks inched closer to 60 wins and home court advantage.
Giannis came back after the ankle pain that’s flared up in recent games, but struggled finishing around the rim on the evening. Despite just a 9-23 performance, he still went for 28 points and 11 rebounds. George Hill played his backup buttocks off in this one, pulling off some acrobatic and-one finishes to end with 22 points for the Bucks. In the continued absence of Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe took full advantage by finishing with 29 points, five rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
For Brooklyn, D’Angelo Russell was the typical star he’s been for them most of the second half of this season. He ended with 28 points and 10 rebounds albeit on 9-27 shooting. Off the bench, Caris LaVert was on fire for the evening, going for 24 points on 15 shots. Joe Harris and Demarre Carroll combined for 37 points on the evening too, with Harris at 5-7 from deep.
Stat that Stood Out
Despite being the most foul-averse team in the league statistically, the Bucks managed to give the Nets 34 free throw attempts for the game. Brooklyn ranks sixth in the league in terms of free throw attempts per 100 possessions, but that number is still just 21.6. The fact Brooklyn converted 80% from the stripe on high volume, with almost 36.4% on 44 attempts from deep and yet the Bucks still won out is mighty impressive.