Typically this season, when the Bucks have struggled to shoot the three, they have struggled overall. That was not the case tonight as the Bucks blew out the Cavs by 18 despite shooting just 31.8% from three. They were able to do so with stout defense and hot shooting inside the arc (51.5% overall).
The MVP Shines
Over the past three games, Giannis Antetokounmpo has seemed to come into his own in this new Bucks’ offense. He followed up his third triple double of the season by dropping 33 points and 12 rebounds against the Cavs. He also added four blocks, including two in this crazy series:
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 6, 2021
A Well-Balanced Offensive Attack
Besides Giannis’ game-high 33 points, five other Bucks players scored in double figures. Jrue Holiday was 8/9 from the field (1/1 from three) and scored 17 points. Khris Middleton added 15 points on 6/11 from the field. Brook Lopez chipped in 13 Donte DiVincenzo had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Bobby Portis came off the bench to score 14 and grab six rebounds. Portis has been a walking bucket off the bench this season, averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in just 21.6 minutes per game.
The Bucks were able to limit the production of Cavs star Collin Sexton, who had a couple huge games against the East-leading Nets last week. Sexton scored 19 points, leading seven Cavs who scored in double figures.
As a whole, the Bucks defended the Cavs’ three point shots relatively well, something they have struggled with all year. The Cavs shot 34.1% from three, nearly five percentage points below the Bucks’ average opponents’ percentage.
- Giannis was 6/8 from the free throw line tonight; he is shooting 70% from the line over his last five games.
- The Bucks arrived in Cleveland hours before game time; their plane could not take off last night.
- The Bucks and Cavs play again on Saturday night; it will be their final game against each other this season.
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