The Milwaukee Bucks held on for a thrilling 110-103 victory over the Washington Wizards, ending their 6-game losing streak in our nations Capitol.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo took over in crunch time. With 5 fouls and 3 minutes left in a close game, Giannis put the nail in the Wizards coffin. The Greek Freak willed his way to 34 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and a block in one of his best performances of the season. He played 41 minutes on the night, and none were more important than in clutch time. He checked back into the game with Milwaukee down 4, and 3 minutes left. Giannis went on to score 6 points and snag 2 crucial rebounds. He put the game away with a turnaround Kobe-like fadeaway, then drilled an off the dribble jump shot over Kelly Oubre Jr to put the icing on the cake. The Wizards were very physical with Antetokounmpo, and it seemed to light a fire under him. What a clutch performance.
- In a tough matchup, John Henson held his own. J-Hook followed up his miserable performance against the Raptors with a solid 11 point, 11 rebound, 2 assists, 2 block game against the Wizards. The Bucks needed him to step-up tonight, and I thought he answered the call. He did have some ugly plays on defense, and the usual bobbled passes, but it’s hard to complain about his contributions tonight. Milwaukee will need this game in, and game out if they want to compete with the best in the Eastern Conference.
- The Bucks missed a ton of open threes tonight. Coming off of a game yesterday, you knew there would be tired legs for the Bucks tonight against the Wizards. The Bucks shot 7-22 (31.8%) from downtown tonight, and many of them were uncontested looks. Fortunately for them, it didn’t come back to bite them tonight. As for Washington, they went 8-21 on three-point attempts, so they weren’t much better than the Bucks were from three tonight.
- The Bucks only played 8 players tonight. The only players who saw action off the Bucks bench were: Tony Snell, Matthew Dellavedova, and Thon Maker. The Bucks bench is super thin, and this is going to be the case on most nights, unfortunately. It’s hard to give the Bucks starters much rest with how poor the Bucks bench has performed this season, and tonight wasn’t much different. They got 10 points from Snell, 4 from Maker and 0 from Dellavedova. Thankfully, Milwaukee wasn’t doomed by their bench play tonight.
- Matthew Dellavedova’s hard foul on Bradley Beal did not warrant an ejection. Delly got tossed midway through the 4th quarter because of a hard foul trying to prevent Beal from scoring an easy bucket. He wrapped him up high, but because BEal was traveling at such a high rate of speed, it looked much worse than it actually was. The call made by the officials was certainly based on Matthew Dellavedova’s reputation around the league. Nevertheless, Delly brought the #grit tonight in 15 minutes.