Nine wins in the last ten with the last five wins in double digits.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to top the Eastern Conference and they currently hold the NBA-best record with 27-10 after coasting past the Atlanta Hawks 144-112 in a sterling display of offense.
The 43 points that the Bucks put up in the first quarter is the highest scoring quarter in this season. Brook Lopez started the game with a step-back three and everything went downhill for the Hawks.
With a 33 point lead at half-time, the Bucks maintained their aggression with a 42 point third quarter to put the game out of reach for the Hawks.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer was so impressed with his team that his starters only averaged 21 minutes on the floor, and MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes. The Bucks have a gritty test against fellow Eastern powerhouse Toronto Raptors tomorrow which explains Budenholzer’s decision to rest his key players.
Khris Middleton stole the show with 19 points, four assists and three steals in just 22 minutes of action. The small forward out of Texas A&M went 7 of 8 from the field, including making all four of his three pointers. Malcolm Brogdon gave us a recap on why he won the Rookie of the Year award with brilliant movement and put up 19 points. The whole team shot a remarkable 55% from the field.
With 21 turnovers, Atlanta was struggling keeping the ball and had 15 fewer shot attempts. It was apparent that the Hawks were lacking of presence in the paint and got seriously out-rebounded by the Bucks 32-53. DeWayne Dedmon and Alex Len were spending too much time stretching the floor and attempting perimeter shots
Rookie Trae Young had an average game with a double double of 13 points and 10 assists. DeAndre Bembry posted his career-high with 19 points in 23 minutes of action. The third-year player made 7 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 4 from three.
The Hawks were missing two starters in Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince through injury.
Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce however, had a great insight after this disastrous defeat.
“What I’m encouraged by is when you look at Milwaukee, you see a team full of guys that have grown here in the city of Milwaukee with the organization. Malcolm Brogdon, rookie of the year, Giannis Antetokounmpo, a guy that is coming into his own as a star in this league. Khris Middleton, who was traded and brought over here and has grown up in Milwaukee. Tony Snell has been moved around a couple places. Brook Lopez I think is on the veteran’s minimum. All of these guys are playing with edge. They’re the number one team in the league right now. They’re playing with an edge and we saw that tonight. We just didn’t have it. That’s part of growing pains and that’s part of our growth, to understand that you have to go through these things. It’s encouraging to see a group that had been through this come out and play with an edge.”Leave a comment