It’s late, and you need to get to bed. It’s a school night! That is, of course, only if you managed to stay up for the second part of ESPN’s Wednesday night lineup, where the Milwaukee Bucks grinded (ground?) out a win over the Golden State Warriors, 107-98.
To briefly sum up this game, I’ve prepared a haiku:
Not pretty, at all.
Clanged threes, free throws, Dray’s jump shot,
my eyes! oh! my eyes!
Giannis Antetokounmpo faced a wall of Warriors all night, on his way to 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists. Khris Middleton picked up some slack, with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Brook Lopez (12 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks) and Eric Bledsoe (16 points, 3 steals) pitched in as well.
For Golden State, Willie Cauley-Stein put up 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Alec Burks had 19 points and 7 assists off the bench. Glenn Robinson III (15 points, 7 rebounds), Omari Spellman (11 points), and Alan Smailagic (10 points) all did their part, but it wasn’t enough for the severely-depleted Dubs.
Stat That Stood Out
Once again, the Bucks struggled to convincingly win a game where they shot poorly (22.0% from three) and their opponent shot well (39.5% from distance). This has historically been one of the most surefire ways to make a Milwaukee game competitive, and it was absolutely in play tonight. Fortunately, Milwaukee did well enough from the free throw line (87.1%) to maintain control of this one.