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Forgetting the Alamo, Bucks Dominate Out West


This week marked a milestone for the Bucks — and a majority of other teams — as they reached the halfway point of the season after their Saturday game this week. How did the rest of their week go, however, after yet another flawless week? Let’s take yet another look in this Week In Review!


1/6: @ San Antonio

Result: 126-104

Just two days after matching up with the Spurs in Milwaukee, the Bucks traveled to San Antonio to take them on yet again. This time, though, it was not nearly as smooth of sailing, as the Spurs took it to them from the jump, going up 15 at the half and never looking back. There were points where Milwaukee found themselves as close as six in the second half, but they could just never break through that glass ceiling. DeMar DeRozan had his typical solid game against the Bucks yet again, finishing with 25 points, with Patty Mills hitting six threes and adding 21 off the bench. Giannis had a solid game with a near triple-double, but not much else to say on that side of the coin. On to the next one, as they say, as the Bucks looked to start their West Coast trip.

Top performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 24p/12r/8a/3s/1b


1/8: @ Golden State

Result: 107-98 W

From a game that the Bucks had no chance in to a game that was far too close for comfort, enter the Golden State Warriors. Though they had been playing fairly well as of late prior to this one, the Bucks simply should blow out a team like the Warriors, particularly one missing D’Angelo Russell, based purely on paper and talent-wise. However, like every scrappy team does, the Warriors kept it close, eventually even employing the “Hack-A-Giannis” strategy in an attempt to keep them in the game. Unfortunately for them, though, Giannis could not miss at the end, finishing six-of-seven from the charity stripe to help propel the Bucks to another win.

Top performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 30p/13r/4a/1s

Khris Middleton: 21p/7r/6a/1s, 3/8 3P


1/10: @ Sacramento

Result: 127-109 W

After the close call in San Francisco… sorry, Oakland :(… the Bucks made their way north to the Golden State’s capital, taking on the Kings at the Golden 1 Center. In a reversal of fortune, the Bucks put their foot on the gas early, and never really let up. They would give up just 18 in the first quarter, as the Kings struggled to get out of the gate. While it was within single digits at halftime and at points in the second half, the Bucks used 37-31 advantages in both the third and fourth quarters to put the game away. The most important part of this one, though? Giannis: 13 points, but the Bucks? 127, and that depth is going to make this team lethal come playoff time.


Top performers

Khris Middleton: 27p/11r/4a/2s

Eric Bledsoe: 24p/4r/5a/1s/1b


1/11: @ Portland

Result: 122-101 W

Going into their 41st game of the season — with the best 40-game mark in franchise history — the Bucks certainly got an advantage as far as the injury report was concerned, as Hassan Whiteside joined the ranks of injured Portland big men. This left the Blazers with an extremely weakened inside presence, something the Bucks definitely took advantage of, punctuated with a couple of Eric Bledsoe and-ones in the fourth quarter, the latter bringing out his signature flex. Giannis responded with a better first half (21p/13r/5a) than he had his entire game against Sacramento, so it’s safe to say you can’t keep the Greek Freak for long.

Top performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 32p/17r/6a

Khris Middleton: 30p/4r/2a, 11/16 FG, 4/4 3P, 4/4 FT

Eric Bledsoe: 29p/4r/3a/2b


The Week Ahead

The Bucks return to Fiserv Forum to take on a pair of Atlantic division opponents, with the Knicks coming in on Tuesday followed by a nationally televised match-up with Boston on Thursday. They then finish the week in Brooklyn as the take on the Nets at the Barclays Center.

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