The Milwaukee Bucks took care of business against a starless Los Angeles Lakers squad at Staples Center, 112-97. Jrue Holiday had another huge night in his hometown, leading the Bucks with 28 as they snapped a 3 game skid.
The Lakers used a barrage of threes to take a 30-24 lead after one, while Jrue Holiday (11 points) was really the only one doing anything for Milwaukee. Both teams turned the ball over a bit and brick-laid for much of a sloppy second quarter, but Khris Middleton found his groove (13 points) and the Bucks used a 14-4 run to grab a 57-49 lead entering half.
While Holiday had the hot first and Middleton had the second, Giannis took the spotlight in the third (11 points) as the Bucks quickly jumped up 13 and new Laker Andre Drummond exited with a foot injury. Milwaukee went into the final period ahead 89-75, and LA hardly made a threat from there as the lead would balloon to as much as 18. The Bucks coasted to victory as we saw all 3 Antetokounmbros share the floor for the first time ever in the closing minutes.
Stat That Stood Out
2/24: that’s how LA shot the three after the start of the second quarter. They were 8/13 from downtown in the first, missed all five of their three-point attempts in the second, went 1/6 in the third, and 1/12 in the fourth. Going ice-cold after being white-hot is usually on the offense, but credit the Bucks for this one. They cut down on the overhelping and weren’t getting caught out of rotation on ball swings. That meant the Lakers were not even hoisting them up for long stretches while the game was still close, a great set of adjustments.