The Milwaukee Bucks are officially back. This team looked much different without Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Milwaukee star returned and has seemed to ignite an offensive fire over the past few games.
Earlier in the week, the Bucks scored 150 in a win over the Detroit Pistons. On Friday night, they scored 45 points in the first quarter and then 40 in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers.
Yes, 85 points in the first half and a piece of NBA history.
The Bucks are the first team in NBA history to score 80+ points in the first half of consecutive road games, with 83 against the Pistons on Jan. 23 and 85 tonight. (h/t @EliasSports) https://t.co/TlkVugCMGn
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2023
On Monday night, the Bucks scored 49 in the first quarter against the Pistons. Then, they scored 45 in the first quarter against the Pacers, becoming the first NBA team to accomplish that feat in back-to-back road games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points with 12 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 20 points, and every Milwaukee starter finished in double figures. Khris Middleton had 17 points, and Jevon Carter chipped in 12 off the bench in an all-around team effort victory.
This offensive outburst has come from a Milwaukee team that ranks 24th in the NBA in points scored with just 111 per game and a team that sits 23rd in field goal percentage. Yet, something has clicked recently, and Milwaukee has now won five of the last six games and scored 130 or more in four of those five victories.
The Bucks will look to finish January strong with two straight home games, one against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday and the other against the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
Let’s see if the offense continues to perform like this in Fiserv Forum.