In their first game back home after their road trip, the Bucks were unable to get the job done vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, falling 128-115.
Turnovers would be a slight issue for Milwaukee in the first, especially from Khris Middleton, who coughed the ball up a couple of times. It’d help the Grizzlies capture a slim lead moving into the second quarter, 35-31. Giannis would pace the Bucks with nine points in the first.
Memphis’ lead would extrapolate to double-digits in the second quarter, forcing Milwaukee to think things over. Turnovers would remain an issue, with the Grizzlies taking advantage on the other end. At half, Memphis held a double-digit advantage, 69-59.
That double-digit advantage would hold for the Grizzlies throughout the third. The Bucks were simply unable to chip away at their lead. Going into the final quarter of regulation, the visitors held a 100-89 lead.
From that point on, despite whatever the Bucks threw at the Grizzlies, they were unable to complete any comeback attempts. Whenever the Bucks looked to be making a dent in the deficit, the Grizzlies would score a backbreaking basket on the other end. It’d eventually result in Memphis leaving Fiserv Forum with a 128-115 victory.
Stat That Stood Out
I could go with the rim protection, but I’m going to chat about that more in my Extended Recap. Rather, I’m going to go with the Bucks’ turnovers tonight. It was clear from the opening quarter that Memphis’ goal on defense was to stiffen things up and make it tough for Milwaukee, and that’s exactly what they did. The Grizzlies would score off many of those, making it tough on the Bucks all night long. Just a frustrating night for Milwaukee in that department.