The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Chicago Bulls 112-100 on Thursday night in a contest that was nowhere near as close as the final score may indicate. Milwaukee was without the services of Khris Middleton, Pat Connaughton, Bobby Portis, and Jae Crowder and lost Giannis Antetokounmpo midway through the second quarter. The Greek Freak sprained his wrist and did not return to the game. Before he got hurt, however, Antetokounmpo dished out his 3,273rd career assist. This pass, which resulted in a Jevon Carter bucket, moved him into first on the Bucks’ all-time assists list.
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Brook Lopez Starts Hot, Dominates on Both Ends
Even when Giannis was in the game, it was center Brook Lopez who was scoring early and often for Milwaukee. The sharpshooting big man was 13-18 from the floor (3-6 from three) and scored a game-high 33 points. That total was his season-high. As the Bucks enter the All-Star break, Lopez is shooting 50.1% from the floor and 37.1% from three on the season.
Jevon Carter Scored 11 Points in the Fourth Quarter to Close Out the Game
Backup guard Jevon Carter got the start in place of the injured Connaughton and he made the most of his opportunities. Carter bookended his 22 points by scoring 11 in the first quarter to help Milwaukee get off to an early lead. He then scored 11 in the fourth quarter to help put the game away. While the final score shows that the Bucks won by 12, that final margin is very deceiving. Thanks in large part to Carter’s fourth quarter, the Bucks led by 20+ for most of the period before Coach Budenholzer emptied the bench.
Milwaukee Bucks: Box Score
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: two points, seven rebounds, three assists
- Brook Lopez: 33 points, seven rebounds, two assists, four blocks
- Jrue Holiday: 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists
- Grayson Allen: 10 points, three rebounds, one assist
- Jevon Carter: 22 points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal
- Wesley Matthews: four points, three rebounds
- Joe Ingles: five points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal
- Sandro Mamukelashvili: two points, five rebounds, one steal, two blocks
- AJ Green: 15 points, two rebounds, one assist
- MarJon Beauchamp: two points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal
- Thanasis Antetokounmpo: one point, two rebounds
Chicago Bulls: Box Score
- Zach LaVine: 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal
- Patrick Williams: 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals
- Nikola Vucevic: 22 points, 16 rebounds, three assists
- Coby White: eight rebounds, five rebounds, three assists
- Ayo Dosunmu: seven points, three rebounds, one assist
- Andre Drummond: five points, five rebounds, one block
- Malcolm Hill: five points, two rebounds
- Carlik Jones: four points, three rebounds, two assists
- Tony Bradley: five points, one rebound
- Marko Simonovic: no stats recorded
When Was the Last Time Milwaukee Bucks Won a Championship?
The Milwaukee Bucks’ latest NBA Championship was captured in 2021. Giannis Antetokounmpo was dubbed MVP, averaging 35.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game.
Who Owns the Milwaukee Bucks?
The Milwaukee Bucks are owned by a group of 20 investors. Major investors include Marc Lasry, Wes Edens, Jamie Dinan and Mike Fascitelli. Minority owners range from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to Gale Klappa, Executive Chairman of Wisconsin Energy Corporation.
How Many Championships Do the Milwaukee Bucks Have?
The Milwaukee Bucks have won two NBA Championships. The first came in 1971 under head coach Larry Costello. The latest came in 2021 under head coach Mike Budenholder.
Will the Milwaukee Bucks win the NBA Championship in 2023?
With another MVP-caliber season from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks continue to lead the Eastern Conference Central Division. Kris Middleton is getting healthy and Brook Lopez is having a career year – signaling the Milwaukee will make another run at the championship in 2023.
Who Is the Greek Freak?
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the Greek Freak. He was given the name based on his home country, Greece, plus his freakish size and athleticism for an NBA power forward.