Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs came to town Saturday night to see if they could give the Bucks a run for their money. Like most teams, they instead got ran over. Maybe they’ll have better luck Monday, but Milwaukee held their ground on their home court and won, 127-118.
The first half was a shootout with both teams shooting over 50% from the field. LaMarcus Aldridge hit 4-5 threes when he averages 2.1 attempts per game so far this season and DeMar DeRozan found his mid-range game earlier to hold just a five-point deficit at the end of the first two quarters.
Milwaukee was without Donte DiVincenzo in this one but fellow two-guard Wesley Matthews returned from a thigh contusion. Wes ended up being the only starter to shoot under 50%, who was 1-9.
The rest of the starters were on their A-game. Brook Lopez scored 10 points on 3-6 from the field and racked up seven total blocks, three of which were on dunk attempts. He’s shown that just being big isn’t enough, having the instinct and reflexes to contest and block shots is established through a lot of practice and talent.
Giannis looked like the most efficient offensive player he’s been all season. Everything was clicking for him from threes to free throws, although the assist numbers were low. Giannis finished with 32/8/1 on 7-12 from the field, 3-7 on threes, and 15-18 on free throws including making his last thirteen in a row.
Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe both played at levels that would almost certainly result in a win for the Bucks come playoffs. Khris had 20/5/3 and Bled 21/3/6, exactly the kind of scoring you want from your second and third players, especially when it’s on a combined 16-27 from the field and 7-12 from deep. Bledsoe has looked especially confident since his return from his contusion, something the Bucks hope he can keep up the rest of the season.
Robin Lopez can’t defend at the level of his brother Brook, but he has been Milwaukee’s only post presence in an offense that isn’t really built for one. He shot 7-10 with all the makes coming in the paint. He’s been using his 360 spin moves and they’ve been falling, so no reason to stop now.
The Bucks scored 100 or more points for the 61st consecutive game, tying the Houston Rockets’ season from 2017-2018 for the most such games consecutively and improve to 32-5 on the season with a healthy lead on top of the conference. They will look to take the record outright on Monday when they head to San Antonio to take on the Spurs yet again. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. CT.