Milwaukee Bucks basketball is on the horizon as the team gets ready to resume the 2019-20 season when they pick things up again vs. Boston down in the bubble in Orlando. However, if you’re like me, you may find it difficult to recall moments that have already occurred this season. Honestly, it seems like years ago. As we get closer to the championship run resuming, I thought it might be fun to dive back into what’s transpired so far and some top moments.
1) The 18-Game Winning Streak
Following the game in which they lost to the Utah Jazz on a buzzer beating 3-point shot from Bojan Bogdonavic, the Bucks unleashed a run that saw them win their next 18 games, pushing a record that previously sat at 6-3 to 24-4. Those 18 games would put Milwaukee in fantastic company, as only eight single-season streaks from NBA history were longer. The streak also exhibited the Bucks’ sheer dominance. During the run, Milwaukee played at a pace that was 1.2 points better than the historic ‘71-72 Lakers, whose average point differential was 12.3. Eventually, things would fizzle out before Milwaukee could get things even with the franchise record of 20 straight wins. That feat still belongs to the 1970-71 squad, a team that won 66 regular season games with the talent of Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson. Remember, that was also the team that secured Milwaukee’s only NBA championship, so maybe things are written in the stars when it comes to those long win streaks.
2) Giannis’ 50 Burger vs. Utah
Just over two weeks removed from the heartbreaking game out in Salt Lake City, you knew the Bucks wanted to get Utah back, and boy (especially Giannis), did they. The Jazz couldn’t do a thing to stop Giannis. Aided by a strong third quarter, Antetokounmpo willed his team to victory, while posting a nasty stat line in doing so — 50 points, 14 rebounds, six assists — but perhaps the craziest part? Zero fouls. I’ll never forget Bud’s disbelief when he was told about that part of his stat line postgame, and it really epitomizes just how well Giannis performed. Here’s a fantastic look at that night, courtesy of the Bucks:
And here’s highlights in a more traditional manner:
Also, Brew Hoop Co-Editor Mitchell Maurer was at the game for this one! It was an honor to have covered that game with him.
3) Khris Middleton’s 51-Point Performance vs. Washington
While we’re talking about 50-point performances, let’s keep it going and reminisce about Khris Middleton’s career night. This was a game where the Bucks were without Giannis, but there’d be no need for him with how well K-Midd played. He’d pour in 51 against a Washington team that simply couldn’t do a thing to cool him off. Right from the beginning of the game, it was clear that Middleton was locked in. He and the team cruised out to an 88-63 lead halftime lead (those 88 points were a franchise record for points in a half). As the game progressed, so did Khris Middleton, who just kept getting bucket after bucket after bucket. This game provided a whole slew of great moments, one of them being this celebration from the bench:
LET IT FLY!!!!!— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 29, 2020
Watch the bench pic.twitter.com/MYG3OfXRnH
And who can forget this beauty?
Here are the highlights for the performance as well:
4) That OT win in D.C.
In a game that many thought the Bucks would easily secure a win, it’d be anything but easy, as the pesky Wizards gave Milwaukee everything they could handle. However, this was a game that really brought out what the Bucks were made of, as they hadn’t seen too many close games at all due to the thrashing of their opponents. After Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out, it was up to Khris Middleton to lead the charge, and boy did he ever. Bouncing back from five straight misses, he’d end up scoring the Bucks’ final nine points, including this massive shot:
Whatever the reason was, I think it’s safe to say that Khris Middleton liked playing against the Wizards this season.
5) The confusion and awesomeness on Greek Night
This was by far the most confusing night of the season. In the media room pregame as everyone was eating, Armen Saryan of The Game MKE had seen a lineup sheet sitting on the table next to us, and showed everybody that it had Thanasis listed in the starting lineup. Everybody thought that was odd, but with it being Greek Night...could it actually happen? The Bucks would then send out a tweet that had the normal lineup, but it turned out that Bud had made a late change and the piece of paper was actually right. Thanasis Antetokounmpo was starting on Greek Night, and man, was it electric:
Χαρούμενη Ελληνική Βραδιά— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 1, 2020
HAPPY GREEK NIGHT!! pic.twitter.com/BehgRF8eZ3
We also got this fantastic moment from the Antetokounbros:
It didn’t even matter that the Bucks lost that night. I had completely forgotten that. I only remembered the awesomeness from Greek Night.
Alright, now it’s time for you all to chime in with anything I may have missed. Let’s dive back into this season together. Here’s to creating some more excellent moments down in Orlando.