The Milwaukee Bucks have won 11 games in a row after defeating a short-handed Boston Celtics team 131-125 in overtime. Boston, playing without most of their starters, took advantage of too many early turnovers by the Bucks to put Milwaukee behind for most of the game. However, All-Stars Jrue Holiday and Giannis Antetokounmpo ensured that the Bucks came away with the victory.
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Jrue Holiday Comes in Clutch for the Milwaukee Bucks
On the St. Valentine’s Day holiday, Jrue Holiday played one of the best games of his season thus far. With the Bucks clawing to gain some kind of momentum despite trailing with seconds remaining in the third quarter, Holiday drilled a three-quarters of the court desperation three at the buzzer to keep the Bucks within five.
Late in the game, with the Bucks clinging to a small lead, he nailed a clutch three pointer with seconds remaining to ice the game for Milwaukee. Holiday finished with 40 points, his second 40-point game of the season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Was Great Despite Low Efficiency
Efficiency is a hot keyword when discussing how great players are in the NBA these days. Typically, Giannis Antetokounmpo is among the most efficient players in the league, scoring 30+ points in 30 or less minutes and shooting over 50% from the filed.
Against the Celtics, however, Giannis shot below 50% from the field (11-25) and struggled from the free throw line (11-19). He also committed a game-high eight turnovers. Despite these setbacks, the Eastern Conference’s All-Star captain finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists. Not bad for what some (Skip Bayless) are calling an off-night.
There were/are some concerns with Giannis’ knee now after the game. The two-time MVP went down late in the game and was favoring the knee that has bothered him since he hyperextended it in the 2021 Playoffs. Giannis finished the game, but he also played 46 minutes. With the All-Star break coming up this weekend, it may not be surprising if he gets the Bucks’ next game (Thursday in Chicago) off.
Milwaukee Bucks: Box Score
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: 36 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks
- Brook Lopez: four points, two rebounds, one assist
- Jrue Holiday: 40 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals
- Pat Connaughton: five points, eight rebounds, three assists, one block
- Grayson Allen: 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal
- Jevon Carter: nine points, one rebound, one steal
- Wesley Matthews: zero points, two rebounds
- Joe Ingles: eight points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal
- Khris Middleton: 16 points, 11 rebounds, four assists
Boston Celtics: Box Score
- Grant Williams: 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal
- Mike Muscala: 18 points, eight rebounds, one steal
- Blake Griffin: 15 points, six rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block
- Sam Hauser: 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists, one steal
- Derrick White: 27 points, two rebounds, 12 assists, three steals
- Payton Pritchard: six points, one steal
- Malcolm Brogdon: 26 points, four rebounds, four assists
- Luke Kornet: no stats recorded
- Robert Williams III: six points, five rebounds
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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.