It was a high-scoring affair to get the festivities started, with each team going shot for shot en route to a narrow 38-36 advantage for the Bucks. Unfortunately for Timberwolves fans, the Bucks kept the party going in the second period while Minnesota went cold, with Milwaukee carrying into half up 79-62. The pointpourri continued through the third quarter for the Bucks, with Giannis Antetokounmpo pummeling the Timberwolves consistently. There was no making up the deficit when the fourth quarter hit, and by the end, we even got a Sam Merrill sighting for the final stages of the game.
While the Khris Middleton All-Star snub may not have motivated him for a scoring spree, as he went just 6-19, Giannis carried the day with 37 points on just 18 shots and Bryn Forbes put up 23 points on 8-13 shooting.
Stat That Stood Out
When the Milwaukee Bucks combine the level of volume (42 attempts from deep) with this level of efficiency (20 makes) for 47.2% shooting on threes, it’s nigh impossible to take them down. Couple that with Giannis’ continued insistence on owning the paint, getting to the free throw line 13 times, and you’ve got a winning formula against almost any team.