The Milwaukee Bucks evened the series with the Miami Heat, winning Game Two of their NBA Playoffs series 138-122. Amazingly, the Bucks were able to do so without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was forced to sit out the game following a lower back injury in Game One. It was a total team effort with seven players recording 10 or more points. It was also an historic effort in multiple ways.
#1. The Milwaukee Bucks’ 138 Points Set a NBA Playoffs Record
No, 138 points is not the most points scored in a NBA Playoff game. However, it is the record for the most points a team scored in a playoff game without their leading scorer from the regular season:
The Bucks scored 138 points without Giannis Antetokounmpo.
That is the most points in a game by a team without their leading scorer from the regular season in NBA postseason history. pic.twitter.com/4LZ20cEMHf
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 20, 2023
Giannis Antetokounmpo, of course, was the Bucks’ leading scorer during the regular season with 31.1 points. With him sitting out, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez picked up the scoring load, but were helped by many of their teammates, mainly Pat Connaughton:
- Brook Lopez- 25 points
- Jrue Holiday- 24 points
- Pat Connaughton- 22 points
- Joe Ingles- 17 points
- Grayson Allen- 16 points
- Khris Middleton- 16 points
- Bobby Portis- 13 points
Other Bucks players who recorded points were Jevon Carter (three) and Goran Dragic (two).
The Milwaukee Bucks Are the 2nd Team Ever to Make 25+ Three’s in a Playoff Game
The Bucks hit 25 three-pointers during their blowout win. That beat their previous team record of 22, which they recorded during their 2021 NBA Playoffs series against this same Heat team. They also became just the second team in NBA history to make at least 25 three’s in a playoff game. Overall, Milwaukee was 25/49 (51%) from long distance, led by Connaughton:
- Pat Connaughton- 6/10
- Joe Ingles- 5/6
- Grayson Allen- 4/8
- Jrue Holiday- 4/10
- Bobby Portis- 3/4
- Khris Middleton- 2/5
- Jevon Carter- 1/3
#3. The Milwaukee Bucks’ 81 First Half Points Made Team and NBA History
The Bucks scored 81 points in the first half of Game Two. That set a franchise record for most points scored in a half of a playoff game. Additionally, it was the second-highest point total any team has scored in a playoff game in NBA history.
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