The Bucks would use the 3-point ball to quickly build up a double-digit advantage early on in the first, but Indiana remained close. Milwaukee would also use strong rebounding to help groom their quarter-long advantage. Donte DiVincenzo would pace Milwaukee after one with eight points, and it helped Milwaukee reel in a 29-21 lead after the first quarter.
The dominance would expound in the second period, with Milwaukee flirting with 20+ point advantages throughout the quarter. It was very well evident that Indiana was struggling to match up with the firepower that Milwaukee boasted. At intermission, Milwaukee would mount a 68-51 lead.
Milwaukee would continue inflicting damage from that point on, and the starters didn’t even play much of the fourth. They were constantly up by 20+ points and came extremely close to 30 points on multiple occasions. When the dust had finally settled, the Bucks walked out of Fiserv Forum with an impressive 130-110 victory.
Giannis Antetokounmpo would earn a triple-double in just 25 minutes (business as usual). Bryn Forbes contributed with 20 points off the bench as well.
For Indiana, Domantas Sabonis led the way with 33 points on 14-of-25 shooting.
Game highlights of tonight’s victory in 80 seconds!! pic.twitter.com/lmr6Ptwgu3— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 4, 2021
What Did We Learn?
Yet again, we learned how dangerous the Bucks can be when they’re shooting the ball well.
For the second consecutive game, the Bucks were plain lethal from beyond the arc. They’d end up sinking 21 threes on the evening, just further proving how different this roster is from years past. Things are really beginning to click for this squad, as they just have so many players that can shoot the ball well. It goes beyond the starters as well. Guys like Bobby Portis and Bryn Forbes once again were massive parts off the bench, especially from beyond the arc. When Milwaukee is firing on all cylinders like they were last night, watch out.
Not only did the Bucks hit threes, the Pacers didn’t.
Meanwhile, the Bucks also made a concerted effort at running the Pacers off the three-point line and made them convert on tough shots in the paint. Bucks fans have all come to be very nervous when it comes to the opponent’s 3-point shooting. Thankfully, there wasn’t much for them to worry about in that category last night. While still not perfect, Milwaukee has made decent strides in their last two wins defensively when it comes to limiting the three-ball. The Pacers would only connect on 11 made threes during the night, which obviously aided in the Bucks’ large victory. It seems simple, but making threes and your opponent not making threes goes a long way, and it helped Milwaukee create a second consecutive blowout victory. The Bucks will look to replicate this pattern as they head out on a six game road trip.
Milwaukee’s bench continues to ride a hot-shooting wave.
The last two games have featured hot shooting from the Bucks, and a good chunk of that has come from the bench. Two guys that come to mind are new additions to the squad — Bryn Forbes and Bobby Portis. Both continue to exemplify the roles they fill on this team, and it shined again last night. Portis would go 4-of-5 on threes on the evening while Forbes went 4-of-7. Those eight threes provide a fantastic spark when they come off the bench, and Bud will be the first to tell you how important it is. Look for the Bucks to continue relying on these two as they head out on the upcoming road trip.
This team is starting to have fun again.
There’s always been a correlation between this team having fun and dismantling opponents. We saw that last night, as once again, both were on display. It’s important to have fun in basketball, as just like other sports, it really is just a game. You’re supposed to have fun. In the fourth quarter, the Bucks were having lots of fun, especially Giannis:
In his postgame interview, Giannis hinted at even more fun coming to this squad. He was asked where the pregame wrestling routine has gone, and he answered that they have to bring it back. We’ll keep our eyes in the pregame huddle moving forward.
Bonus Bucks Bits
- In the first half, Pat Connaughton banked in a three from the corner. Yes, that actually happened.
- I swear, I just blinked and Giannis recorded a triple-double. He’d do so at the 25 min mark of him being out on the floor and finished with a stat line reading 21/14/10. This was a vintage “Giannis game” and I wonder what his final stat line would have looked like if this game was remotely close. Antetokounmpo converted on 7-of-8 shots from the field and missed only one free throw on eight attempts.
- Going against Defensive Player Of the Year candidate Myles Turner, Giannis was giving him fits. Make no mistake, Turner is one of the elite bigs when it comes to defending the rim but Giannis was constantly shedding him by using an array of spin moves and pretty footwork down low.
- Shoutout to Torrey Craig who also got in on the 3-point action, as he connected on not just one, but a pair of threes.
- Donte DiVincenzo got off to a tough start shooting the ball at the beginning of the game, but ended the night with a +36 mark.
- With this pass, Giannis earned his spot for fourth most assists in franchise history:
The assist to become 4th on Bucks All-Time assist list. pic.twitter.com/lPYUe8MUVv— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 4, 2021
- Giannis was asked about his photography skills after the game. He said he’s looking at getting into a hobby outside of basketball. Any suggestions?
- Jrue Holiday had Malcolm Brogdon in a padded cell in this one. It was a muted outing for Brogdon, who scored only 12 points in 29 minutes in his return to the Fiserv Forum. Holiday was hounding him early defensively and took him out of rhythm by being aggressive and not giving him any room to breathe. He also finished minus-25 while shooting 5-of-17 from the field.