Milwaukee puttered their way through the first quarter, spooked by Derrick White in a Doug McDermott costume on the way to a 27-24 deficit. The second quarter brought a few nice sequences punctuated a bevy of turnovers, fouls, and downright chaos. In general, the Bucks could not hold onto the ball within 10 feet of the rim, which is not a recipe for success - especially when coupled with an icy 20% from three-point land. Yet, Milwaukee snuck out of the first half with a two-point advantage, leading 47-45.
The Bucks would marginally add to that lead in the third quarter, only to watch it evaporate as Giannis rode the pine in foul trouble as San Antonio nudged out a 69-67 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Spurs strung together the nicest stretch of the game with (some) crisp passing, penetration, and off-the-glass finishes. Milwaukee nibbled occasionally, but committed too many turnovers to string together any momentum. The lead was gradually stretched to 10, at which point the ritual heaves, fouls, and scrubs finally brought this one to a close.
Stat That Stood Out
I was looking forward to going ape for Semi’s first points as a Buck - I’ll have to wait. Of his five missed shots (all threes), the closest may have been his half-court buzzer beater that clanged off the rim. This stat per se is relatively unremarkable - it echoes his debut - but it does illustrate two trends: cold three-point shooting and marginal contributions from role players when myriad Bucks are bang(o)ed up.