24 hours after scoring 137 points in Portland, the Bucks have done the same at Crypto.com Arena. The current champions looked like such in their visit to the Clippers, whom they defeated 113-137 to reach 34 wins and place themselves in the wake of the Heat and Bulls at the head of the East.
Milwaukee has not exactly been the paradigm of regularity and consistency so far this season, but this time they reached a fairly high level thanks to the great performance of their starting lineup and their exterior success. Budenholzer’s men managed to score 19 triples with 50% effectiveness, and all the starters added at least 17 points, which left the Clippers unanswered who, although they tried, failed to contain their overwhelming second half.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, once again signed a very complete game, although this time he shared the spotlight with a stellar Jrue Holiday. The point guard showed off his abilities to reach 27 points and 13 assists, while Bobby Portis joined the party with another double-double, in his case 24 points and 11 rebounds. Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton completed the starting lineup with 18 and 17 points, the latter thanks to his sensational 6/9 from 3-point range that helped break up the game after the break.
«We have done things very well on both sides of the track» assured Budenholzer, who wanted to highlight the great level of his team in the third quarter. «Pat has started to plug in and we have signed a partial that has been incredible. Our way of running in transition and creating spaces has been great.
It was in said third quarter when the Bucks shot their advantage and took it to 25 points, and although a subsequent 17-2 run made the Clippers feint with another of their comebacks, the visitors became active again and distanced themselves in the final stretch. . In fact, the maximum advantage came after said set, when Budenholzer’s men were 26 up.
Contributing from day 1
This morning was the first meeting as Los Angeles players for Norman Powell and Robert Covington, recently arrived from Portland, and their performance was not long in coming. The case of Powell was especially striking, who finished as the top scorer for his team after adding 28 points in the 24 minutes he played. Convington, for his part, was the third in this facet with 13 points, and between them they combined to score 7 triples in 14 attempts.
Marcus Morris, who finished with 20, was the best of the newcomers, while Reggie Jackson, Ivica Zubac and Amir Coffey each added 10. Despite the defeat, the Angelenos retain eighth place in the West, although direct access to the playoffs is starting to get further and further away. We’ll see though if they can hold onto postseason spots while awaiting the possible returns of Leonard and George.
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