Recap: The Milwaukee Bucks came out of the gates hot against the Atlanta Hawks, as they took a 66-44 lead into halftime. The Bucks were operating like a well oiled-machine in the first half, but the second half was a disaster. The Atlanta Hawks clawed back into the game, scoring 40 points in the third quarter. The Bucks had to deal with Giannis : sitting for most of the second half, and the team sputtered. Jabari Parker had a tremendous game, but was unable to shoulder the load by himself. As a result, the Bucks were defeated by the Atlanta Hawks 114-110.

Here are the 3 headline performers from tonight’s tough loss against the Hawks.

Jabari Parker (27pts, 4reb, 4ast, 3stl, 0blk 2to): Again, Jabari Parker found great success in his jump shot tonight. He continued to hit from mid range, and even hit 3 three pointers on the night. It’s always encouraging to see him finish with 24 shot attempts. With fellow star Giannis Antetkounmpo forced to sit most of the second half with foul trouble, Jabari stepped up big time. His offensive impact was a big reason why the Bucks built a big lead. His defense was solid, a few more rebounds would have been nice, though. Every game Jabari Parker plays, it seems like he keeps taking bigger steps forward to becoming a star. Grade: 84%

Giannis Antetokounmpo (14pts, 6reb, 1ast, 0st, 1blk, 6to): Ugh. After putting up a triple-double in the previous game against Portland, Giannis put up a complete dud tonight. Plagued with foul trouble the whole night, he failed to get anything going against the Hawks. He came on late in the fourth quarter, and the offense did not improve at all. It got worse, actually. It would have been nice to see Jabari have the ball in his hands late in the fourth, but oh well. 6 turnovers and only one assist is very uncharacteristic, and not what we expect to see from the Greek Freak. I expect him to bounce back in a big way on Sunday against the Washington Wizards. Grade: 45%

Michael Beasley (14pts, 6reb, 2ast, 0stl, 3blk, 0to): This was a great game for Michael Beasley, he brought energy and toughness throughout. Although he fouled out early in the fourth quarter, he made a huge impact on the game with his energy and hustle. He hit 6-7 shots, and was automatic with his midrange jumper all game. I wonder what would happen if he didn’t fouled out, would the Bucks come away with a victory?

Three plays: 1) Matthew Dellavedova’s spin move, acrobatic layup in the first half was a beautiful play on his part. Can’t say I expected Delly to make that athletic of a play, it was very impressive. 2) Jabari Parker’s go ahead three pointer in the corner with less than 2 minutes left was a thing of beauty. His catch, and release were on point and it found the bottom of the net. Although the Bucks lost, it was great to see him drain a go ahead shot in crunch time. 3) Greg Monroe’s steal and break away dunk was quite the sight to see.  Watching a 6’11, 265 pound center run the floor for a dunk.

Next up: The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Washington D.C. to face the Washington Wizards. At 8-13, the Wizards are severely underperforming, even with the stellar play of John Wall.

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