With a 131-121 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, the Milwaukee Bucks are two wins away from 60. The Bucks built a 22-point lead early in the first half, but the Nets tweaked their defense after the first quarter to try and flummox Milwaukee. Even with a poor whistle, this game never felt in doubt even without Khris Middleton, Ersan Ilyasova, and Tony Snell. Here are three Bucks who helped Milwaukee inch closer to clinching home court throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
Giannis Antetokounmpo *can* close games.
Duh, this is obvious. It was an interesting game however for Giannis, as he struggled to convert on easy looks in the paint. But he kept clawing, and help put the Nets away with a 14 point fourth quarter output. Overall, he finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. He shot 9-of-23 from the floor, but his fourth-quarter performance salvaged his performance. There won’t be too many nights where Antetokounmpo is not scoring efficiently.
Giannis cleaned up his own 3-point miss with ease pic.twitter.com/fkAo6zjeWR— ESPN (@espn) April 2, 2019
The “Eric Bledsoe game.”
I specifically love how aggressive he was defensively from the opening tip of Brooklyn point guard D’Angelo Russell. He really made him work for every shot, and D’Angelo shot just 9-of-27 from the floor. Offensively, Bledsoe was cooking. In 34 minutes, he dropped 29 points, five rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and two blocks in 34 minutes. He also converted on 10-of-19 shots and sank three three-pointers. It was an all-around demolition for Eric yesterday.
George Hill still gets buckets.
When the Nets refused to go away and kept clawing themselves back into the game, Hill was consistently knocking down shots to give the Bucks breathing room. Granted, the Bucks are suffering from a myriad of injuries at the moment, but it’s great to see Hill improving with each passing game. He played 27 minutes and made 8-of-11 shots to total 22 points. In a game where the Bucks needed everything they could get from their reserves, George Hill answered the call.
- Brook Lopez scored 14 points and blocked four shots on his birthday in the win last night.
- In another start, Sterling Brown did not disappoint. He scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds, and three assists. Don’t look now, but he could be forcing coach Bud’s hand in the near future.
- Pat Connaughton scored 12 points and hauled in seven boards.
- Tim Frazier scored seven points and handed out seven assists in 22 minutes. He’s not bad, people!
- The referees last night...oof.