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Bucks vs. Hawks: Milwaukee Wins Their Eighth Straight Home Game

Giannis leads the way with his first triple-double of the season

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NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

In a fun, offensive-powered game, the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 132-121.

Game Summary

Bobby Portis was the catalyst in the opening frame, erupting for 11 points in three minutes. Yes, you read that correctly. He’d end up tallying 13 points in the opening frame, which was the biggest reason to Milwaukee soaring out to a 42-37 lead after a quarter of play.

Hot shooting would be the theme throughout the second for both the Bucks and the Hawks. Through two stanzas, Milwaukee was shooting 57.4 percent. That contributed in them securing a 67-63 halftime advantage.

That same fast-paced scoring dominated the third quarter, with both teams exchanging blows. Shot after shot kept falling in for both teams. Headed into the fourth, the Bucks clung to a small lead, 99-98.

Things would remain close to begin the fourth, but Milwaukee pulled away in the final minutes thanks to some clutch shooting. When the dust ultimately settled, the Bucks escaped with a 132-121 victory, earning revenge for their loss at home to the Hawks earlier this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo found himself as the lead scorer for Milwaukee in this one, going off for 32 points. He’d also nab a triple-double with 11 rebounds and ten assists. Damian Lillard pitched in with 25 points. Cam Payne was massive for Milwaukee off the bench with 18 points. Bobby Portis also poured in 15.

For Atlanta, Trae Young led the output with 32 of his own. Dejounte Murray wasn’t far behind, tallying 30 on the night.

The Bucks are now off until Tuesday when they’ll take on the Knicks in the quarterfinals of the In-Season tournament.

What Did We Learn?

The bench was quite impactful for the Bucks. Right away, it began with Bobby Portis. In the opening minutes, he was a scoring machine. As I mentioned above, he scratched out 13 points in the first quarter. This was after he had gone a stretch of games without reaching double-digits. Postgame, he didn’t even talk about the stats, but rather, just how big it was to get a win. Additionally, Cam Payne stepped up in major fashion, fueling the way with 18 points — a season-high for him. Just an all-around terrific effort from the bench.

Three Observations

The Bucks continue to play lockdown defense in the fourth quarter.

This has become a theme throughout the season. When the fourth quarter rolls around, Milwaukee steps it up. Postgame, Adrian Griffin discussed how he always stresses that no matter what, you have to have a strong fourth quarter. Tonight, the Bucks did exactly that on both ends of the floor. They kept the Hawks at bay while scoring baskets. It’s exactly what was needed in order to secure the victory.

Milwaukee did a terrific job in limiting Trae Young.

Sure, Trae Young boasted 32 points. You know he’s going to score the ball. However, the Bucks limited the damage by not allowing him to get to the free throw line. He only took two free throw attempts on the night. That’s a testament to Milwaukee’s ability to be disciplined on the defensive side of the ball and be cautious of being over aggressive. Adrian Griffin applauded his team for showing that awareness. Who knows where the game would’ve ended up if that number was higher?

Consistency goes a long way.

The Bucks did a magnificent job of spreading the wealth in regards to scoring the basketball. Seven players scored 10+ points. That was the third time this season that seven players reached double figures in the same game. Additionally, six scored in the final minutes which helped secure the victory. On another note, Adrian Griffin tipped his hat to his guys’ efforts in sharing the basketball, noting that their 33 assists were a season-high.

Bonus Bucks Bits

  • There’s nothing quite like a fast-break Giannis slam:
  • The Bucks sure do love home cooking at Fiserv Forum. They’re now 9-1 at home this season and are riding an eight-game winning streak.
  • Milwaukee shot a season-high 59.6% from the field. They’re now 3-0 when shooting 55% or better this season. The Bucks are undefeated when scoring 130+ points, which they’ve done six times this season.
  • Giannis is a master at picking up sponsorships. Here’s his latest endeavor:
  • Last, he then talked about the opportunity to go to Vegas with a win against the Knicks on Tuesday:

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