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Bucks Return to the Grind with Dual Blowouts

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The end of last week saw one of the best All-Star games in recent memory, as the target score added a level of drama to the contest that had not been seen in recent times in the league. Fans were excited about how that game turned out, but just as excited for their teams to return. Few teams, though, could have had as excited of fans for their team to return to the hardwood as the Milwaukee Bucks, who entered the unofficial second half with a 46-8 record off the back of a 16-3 record since the beginning of the New Year. So, how would their historic start continue into the second half? Bucks fans would have two games to get the first look at that.

 

 

2/20: @ Detroit

Result: 126-106 W

The Bucks may have lost their first divisional game of the season against the Pacers to finish off the “first half”, but they had a great chance to remedy that with this match-up against the Pistons, whom they had beaten in their last ten meetings. Even more good news for the Bucks came before this contest, as both George Hill (hamstring strain) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (becoming a dad) returned to action. The Detroit Bucks, sorry, Pistons, were no match for Milwaukee on this night, though, as the Bucks nearly led wire-to-wire once again (A game-opening Thon three spoiled the entire W2W), securing their tenth 20-point road victory of the season.

Giannis was his typical dominant self, while Khris Middleton backed him up with an efficient 28 points. The bench mob didn’t do too much in this one, but they really didn’t have to as the Bucks coasted to win #47.

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 33p/16r/4a/1b/3s, +39 in 31 minutes

Khris Middleton: 28p/8r/3a/1s, 4/5 3P, +32 in 32 minutes

 

 

2/22: vs. Philadelphia

Result: 119-98 W

Yet another nationally-televised game followed that blowout, as the Philadelphia 76ers came into town. They would have a return of their own, as Ben Simmons would make his first start his February 11th triple-double against the Clippers. However, he would go down with an injury after just four minutes, a turn of events that Philadelphia simply could not recover from. Milwaukee would take control with a 37-23 third quarter and never look back, resulting in yet another landslide victory. This turned out to be a true wire-to-wire win, the 13th such game for Milwaukee in 48 wins, an impressive 27.1% clip. The usual suspects led the way for the Bucks, with a combined 68 points from their big three and a surprising double-digit effort off the bench from a newer brother on the squad.

Top Performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 31p/17r/8a/1b, 12/17 FG, +25 in 29 minutes

Khris Middleton: 25p/9r/2a, 10/15 FG, +27 in 30 minutes

Robin Lopez: 12p, 5/8 FG, 2/4 3P in 18 minutes

The Week Ahead

The last week of February will lead the Bucks into one of their toughest stretches of the season, as they will play seven teams with over 30 wins over their next 11 games. However, they will get an easier match-up on the surface before that truly begins as they make their way to the nation’s capital to see the Wizards of Washington. Then, a trip north of the border brings a game against the East’s #2 team in Toronto. Third on the docket is a surprising Thunder team visiting Fiserv Forum before the week rounds out with a matinee against the Hornets in Charlotte.

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