In an ugly affair from start to finish, the Milwaukee Bucks looked horrific defensively, giving up points aplenty as the San Antonio Spurs prevailed 146-125. The Bucks are now a full game behind the Brooklyn Nets for the 2 seed in the East.
The Spurs rocketed out to a 45-36 lead over the Bucks, although both teams shot over 60% from the field. The defensive embarrassment continued through the second period, as Milwaukee entered halftime down 64-87. San Antonio was at 69% shooting at halftime, including 12-18 from deep. Once more, the third period didn’t suddenly alleviate the Bucks defensive woes, but they needed a miracle in the fourth if they wanted to overcome the 113-93 hole they found themselves in. There was no miracle. Milwaukee lost as Bud pulled his starters with about six minutes to go in the fourth.
Stat That Stood Out
The San Antonio Spurs are ranked 23rd in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 35.2% on 28 attempts per game. In this game, those same San Antonio Spurs shot 29 3-point attempts, essentially their season average, and made 58.6% of them. Had they shot their season average, that would’ve meant seven fewer made threes. The Bucks lost by 21. Math.