After Saturday’s 132-121 win over the Atlanta Hawks, the Milwaukee Bucks have now improved to 9-1 at home this season. The only blemish on their otherwise pristine record in the Fiserv Forum comes in the form of a 127-110 blowout loss courtesy of none other than the Atlanta Hawks.
This is exactly why Saturday’s victory was extra sweet for the Bucks as they avenged their early-season home loss against an Eastern Conference foe.
Sweet, Sweet Revenge for Milwaukee Bucks
Bobby Portis played a key role yet again in Milwaukee’s win over the Hawks. The veteran came out of the gates firing, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first half of action on 6-of-8 from the field.
Portis was a spark off the bench once again, which apparently, had a lot to do with his revenge mindset entering the game:
“I think we took a step forward (since the first Atlanta game) but we still have a lot of ways to grow,” Portis said, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “On the defensive side of the ball we have tremendous room to grow on that side. Good to get a win, especially against a team that kind of spanked us the first time playing them. That’s our only home loss, too. Definitely feels good to get a little revenge, in-season revenge. Just another day in the NBA for real, just another game to keep getting better and find things that can help us.”
Another Big Game for Bobby Buckets
Portis cooled down in the second half of Saturday’s hard-fought victory, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting, to go along with 11 rebounds and one three-pointer.
The boost he provided for the second unit was exactly what Milwaukee needed, especially in the first half. For Portis, this was just another day in the office:
“Just hoopin’ bro,” he said. “We’re out there just having fun, stop thinkin’ so much. Just been thinking too much the last couple weeks, what to do, where to go, things like that. Just having fun and being ourselves, that’s the biggest thing. Just go out there and hoop.”
In 20 games played so far this season, the 6-foot-10 big man is now averaging 11.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 23.9 minutes per game. Talk about making the most out of your playing time, right?
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