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Rapid Recap: Bucks 126, Bulls 96

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The Milwaukee Bucks dominated their division rivals, the Chicago Bulls, 126-96 in their New Year’s Day tussle. Box Score

The Bulls were without several of their players following a COVID-19 scare, and the Bucks took full advantage, waxing Chicago from the outset. Their 20+ point advantage at halftime ballooned in the second half. Giannis Antetokounmpo found his footing as the dominating scoring presence, finishing with 29, while the rest of the roster found an appropriate scoring balance. After a disappointing loss to the Miami Heat where they coughed up a second half lead, it was nice to see Milwaukee decimate nearly from start to finish.

Stat That Stood Out

22-45 (48.9%) on 3-point shots. It’s been a mostly hot season from beyond the arc for Milwaukee thus far, their frigid cold night against the New York Knicks excluded, and that trend stayed true in this one. Their sweet stroke from outside across the entire roster led to a sizable blowout against the team from across state lines. On the flip side, the Bulls attempted merely 26 shots from deep and hit six; a tough outing all around but good to see another team not trying to exploit the Bucks exclusively from outside.

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