Wes Matthews was the only Bucks starter to play and the Nuggets defeated the short-handed Bucks 109-95 on Monday night. Milwaukee fell to 53-12 and have a three-game losing streak for the first time under Coach Bud.
Despite being short-handed, the Bucks were never out of the game until the final minutes when Denver put the game away. With a starting lineup of Matthews, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Robin Lopez, Sterling Brown, and Pat Connaughton, the Bucks made the Denver starters earn the victory. Kyle Korver had 23 points coming off the bench. Robin Lopez, Sterling Brown, and DJ Wilson also scored in double figures for the Bucks.
Perhaps the highlight of the game was an amazing block by Thansis Antetokounmpo on Denver All-Star center Nikola Jokic. Jokic looked to have an easy dunk, but Thanasis hustled in between him and the basket and sent the jam back. Thanasis finished the game with 9 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes.
Denver was led by Paul Millsap, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Murray had 21 points and three other Denver players scored double figures. The Nuggets defeated the Bucks by forcing the second unit to commit 17 turnovers and held the team to just 30& shooting from behind the arc. Milwaukee also struggled from the line, only making 12 of 18 free throws.
The Bucks hope to get healthy before returning home to play the Celtics on Thursday.
George Hill and Eric Bledsoe, who played last night, were ruled out due to injuries before the game tonight.
Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton were available, but did not play.
Donte DiVincenzo and Marvin Williams were also given the night off.
Giannis’s knee will be reevaluated before making a decision concerning his availability for Thursday.
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