Led by 49 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks knocked off the Brooklyn Nets in an absolute thriller, 117-114.
Turnovers and a lack of scoring from players not named Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday made it difficult out of the gates in this one (those three players scored all 28 points for Milwaukee). At the end of the first quarter, the Nets held a 37-28 advantage over the Bucks.
The Bucks would outscore Brooklyn 34-22 in the second quarter, paving the way for a slim advantage at halftime. At the intermission, they’d hold a 62-59 lead.
Giannis Antetokounmpo really ignited a switch in the third quarter, constantly exploiting DeAndre Jordan down low. Everything ran through Giannis in the period, and going into the fourth quarter, the two teams were knotted up at 90 apiece.
In a clashing fourth quarter, it’d be the Bucks who’d prevail, as Kevin Durant’s game-tying 3-point attempt glanced off the front rim. Milwaukee would leave with the victory, 117-114.
Stat That Stood Out
It’s impossible for me to not go with Giannis Antetokounmpo here. All afternoon, he was on an absolute scoring mission — especially in the third quarter. That was the point where he flipped the switch and just went to the next level. Milwaukee would continue to run through him through the rest of this one and he did what he does best. He ultimately would finish with a game-high 49 points, and be the biggest reason for Milwaukee’s win. Just a massive performance from the Greek Freak.