Sometimes a game just looks easy. Despite long scoring droughts and turning the ball over seven more times than the Orlando Magic, the Milwaukee Bucks still managed to bury another playoff team, winning 112-95.
This one goes out to the starters, who scored 93 of the 112 points for the Bucks. The scoring was led by Brook Lopez, who had his best offensive game of the season. After struggling all season from deep, the big man found his stroke and went 5-5 from deep for 23 points.
Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo both had lines that you’d expect just from Giannis. Khris scored 21 points but also snagged 13 rebounds and managed 6 assists. Giannis put up 19/18/9.
Eric Bledsoe put up his own 18 points along with 8 assists and Wesley Matthews stayed hot with 4-9 shooting from beyond the arc for 12 points.
When the starters put together a game like that combined with the consistent defense no matter who’s on the floor, it’s going to be a struggle to score more than them.
Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and Terrence Ross added 20 points from the bench, but a team shooting percentage of 25% from deep won’t cut it against the Bucks as we’ve seen all season.
Milwaukee jumped out to an early lead and never gave it up. The lead opened up to 27 points and was trimmed to as low as seven points a few times in the third and fourth quarters.
Orlando doesn’t run an offense with a lot of movement around the perimeter which makes it much easier for Milwaukee to cover the shooters, the one weakness we’ve seen from them all season.
That explains why the Bucks just took the season series from the Magic, 4-0 to improve to 45-7 on the season.
They’ll return to the hardwood Monday to take on the Sacramento Kings on NBA TV. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.