The Bucks barely defeated the Thunder in November when they won 121-119. The Bucks made sure there was no doubt of who was in control tonight with their most lopsided win of the season. Milwaukee was in control from the start and cruised to an astounding 47-point victory at home against Oklahoma City, despite playing without All-Star Kris Middleton (sore neck).
The Bucks were led by Giannis Atentokounmpo who finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists in just 27 minutes. Giannis had a fantastic shooting night, going 13-20 from the floor. He was also 2/4 from three and 4-5 from the line. Four other Bucks players scored in double figures. Wes Matthews, George Hill, and Pat Connaughton had 14 points each, and Robin Lopez had 12. The Bucks were able to empty their bench early in the fourth quarter, and every player who entered the game scored.
The story of the game was the Bucks defense. Milwaukee held the Thunder to fewer and fewer points in each quarter of play (24, 23, 22, 17). They also limited the Thunder to just 36.3% shooting, 17.1% from three. Chris Paul led Oklahoma’s scorers with 18 points, but was only 7-17 from the field (1-6 from three).
Giannis had over 20 points and 10 rebounds at the end of the first half, the fourth game this season in which he has had a 20-10 game at halftime.
The Bucks have swept the season series against the Thunder.
Bucks shooters were an astounding 21-45 from three (46.7%).
The Thunder fell to sixth in the West with their loss tonight.