On a night where it felt like no one could box out Kristaps Porzingis and Greg Monroe struggled from the field, the Bucks were able to grind out a victory, thanks to big nights from John Henson and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks were able to survive lengthy scoring droughts in the second and fourth quarter to move to 3-3 on the season. The bench struggled to put up points again, but Henson was a dominant force off the bench.
Jabari Parker was 3/6 including one spinning baseline dunk, but looked much better than he did on Wednesday. He moved up and down the court better and was a lot more willing to crash the glass on both ends. His return to health remains a key storyline as this season progresses. Giannis scored an efficient 20 making that four 20 point games through 5 games played. He also had seven rebounds and created a little more in the half court than he has in the past.
Carmelo played alright for the Knicks, but he took a lot of heavily contested shots. That said he looked significantly better than he did on opening night. Derrick Williams and Kristaps Porzingis chipped in 15 and 14 points respectively, with neither being particularly effective. Derrick Williams predictably did not look like the 6th man candidate he did last time these teams met.
Player of the Game: John Henson
Henson scored 22 off the bench with rebounds and 3 blocks. He has a presence on the court crashing the boards and tipping boards out to other players. People are afraid to attack the rim when Henson is on the court and having a reliable bench scorer changed the dynamic of this game. He also stayed composed when calls went the other way and his free throw stroke looked noticeably better.
Whats up next?
The Bucks return to the BMO tomorrow to play the 0-6 Nets. (Friendly reminder Jabari will not play back to backs yet)