Friday night games tend to have a little extra flare to them and the Bucks game against the Utah Jazz certainly qualified. Milwaukee fought back from a 22-point deficit in the second half to take a lead late in the fourth quarter but ultimately fell short, 103-100.
Ultimately it was a forgettable night for Milwaukee. They shot just 36% from the field and 28% from three, and that’s after putting together a 39-point quarter in the second half. When the other team shoots 43/42%, you’re going to have a hard time coming up with the points to win that game.
The first half offense was probably the worst half of offense of the last two seasons. The Bucks put up a grand total of 35 points by halftime. Even though the defense held the Jazz to 55 of their own, 35 in a half will always put you down at the break. The first half belonged to Mike Conley, who suddenly couldn’t miss a three after starting the year shooting below 20% from beyond the arc.
The second half was a totally different story. Conley faded into the mist and Bojan Bogdanovic emerged. He finished with 33 points, including the buzzer-beating three-pointer to win the game. A heartbreaking loss for Milwaukee after an incredible comeback to make the win possible.
Giannis was a freak of nature yet again. After scoring two points in the entire first half, the Greek Freak finished with 30/13/4 with a pair of clutch threes. Khris Middleton had his own 26/11 and 5-8 from three and Bledsoe 22/8/5. Besides these three, the Bucks looked like any number of college teams who just kicked off their season. Sloppy.
The defense was fine. Being down twenty at half is never ideal but allowing 55 is all you can ask from your team. Allowing 103 in an entire game should make it easy for the number one offense in the league to win. But when your offense is entirely a three man show and the shots are falling at barely half the rate of the opponent and you’re going to find yourself on the wrong end of a buzzer-beater.
This is a game to forget. If you watched the game, you got to feel the excitement during the second half run behind Giannis and his domination of the general population of the world. If you didn’t watch, there’s not much positive to pull. It’s the first loss through three games on this road trip and it’s a chance to learn from the situation.
The Bucks will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Sunday. Tip is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.