In an impressive victory, the Milwaukee Bucks controlled the Philadelphia 76ers all evening long, earning a well-deserved 124-117 victory.
A strong offensive output defined the first quarter for Milwaukee. Leveraging strong spacing and timely cuts, they were able to maintain a double-digit advantage for much of the period. Transitioning into the second quarter, the Bucks held a 40-26 lead.
A big quarter from Brook Lopez helped Milwaukee keep its foot on the pedal, forcing Philadelphia to be in a double-digit hole the entire quarter. Going into halftime, the Bucks constructed a 77-60 advantage.
Moving into the final quarter of regulation, Milwaukee had grown their lead to 108-87. The main reason behind that extra push was the play of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who really came alive in the quarter.
The Bucks would hold onto their lead for a majority of the fourth, but the bench put the Sixers within shouting distance in the waning seconds. However, Milwaukee was able to eventually earn a 124-117 win.
Stat That Stood Out
I’m going to go with Brook Lopez here and his defensive effort on Joel Embiid. Coming into tonight, we all knew this had the potential to be the biggest storyline. He kept him at bay enough for the Bucks to really build up a lead early on. Embiid is enough of a talent where he would eventually get his points, but for the most part, he didn’t take over this game like he has shown he can in the past (he’d finish with 24 points). Well done by Lopez on the defensive side of the ball.