When Giannis Antetokounmpo (43 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks) and Kevin Durant (33 points) clash, in other words two of the five best players on the planet, it is necessarily worth the detour. Even when the game is not the most exciting, as was the case last night in Wisconsin.
Nevertheless, without necessarily playing their best basketball, the bucks found the resources to win (110-99) against the net and thus remain undefeated this season. Quite the opposite of the New York franchise, which remains in the negative, while it nevertheless mastered its subject at the break (55-43), with a very good second quarter.
But, when the “Greek Freak” decides to raise his voice (34 points after half-time!), there is not much else to do but bow down and accept his superiority…
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
— A fiery second half for Giannis Antetokounmpo. In difficulty before the break (9 points, 3/10 on shots), like almost all his teammates, the “Greek Freak” returned from the locker room with a completely different face. Aggressive as possible, he went to get his points in the paint or on the free throw line, to finally score a whopping 34 points in the second half (13/15 on shots)! A real show of force from the double MVP, unstoppable despite all the efforts of Ben Simmons and also valuable in defense. Only his 7 ball losses somewhat tarnish his performance.
— A fatal 17-2 in Brooklyn. There were ten minutes left in the game when Kyrie Irving tied the two teams (83-83). Moment chosen by the Bucks to accelerate and moment chosen by the Nets to collapse, because a series of 17-2 followed (100-85)! Dumb on too many possessions, Kevin Durant’s teammates disappeared and mostly gave in to the repeated assaults of Giannis Antetokounmpo inside. Their awakening never came and, like the entire second half, they were no match for Milwaukee.
— Steve Nash’s Wrath. Expelled at the end of the third quarter, for two technical faults, the Nets coach did not, but then did not appreciate the whistles – sometimes generous or sometimes non-existent – of the referees in favor of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was a construction site in the New York racket. And, on a shoulder in front of the Greek in front of Patty Mills (author of a flopping ?), he finally exploded as rarely and spent his nerves on the refereeing corps. Then leaving Jacque Vaughn to replace him until the end of the match.
✅ Bobby Portis. If Giannis Antetokounmpo took the game on his own in the second half, we must not forget that it is theenergizer “Bobby Buckets” who kept the Bucks alive when they were in trouble in the first half, and especially in the second quarter. Untenable from far and near, he thus made miseries inside the Nets, ending on arrival with a big double-double: 20 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes!
✅ Kevin Durant. As usual, “KD” did the job for the Nets, once again topping the 30-point mark and being reliable and convincing for (almost) the entire game, while playing the way the game demanded. first half, he for example erased himself to let Royce O’Neale shine, in success at 3-pts. In the second half, generally neglected by his teammates (including Kyrie Irving), he then went up a notch to respond – somehow – to Giannis Antetokounmpo. Even if, like all his team, the 2014 MVP sank at the end.
⛔ Ben Simmons. Some will speak of relentlessness, others of logic. Because, even if he may contribute in the organization (9 assists), we are entitled to expect more from the Australian, offensively. He who completed a fourth game in a row under 10 units: 4 points in 34 minutes, 2/7 on shots and 0/2 on free throws. Transparent in scoring and sometimes hesitant when it comes to taking shots, even close to the circle, the All-Star interior has been unrecognizable since his return and that’s not reassuring for the Nets, who will obviously need more. on his part, in order to accumulate victories…
⛔ Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen. Yes, Giannis Antetokounmpo was immense in guiding the Bucks to victory and Bobby Portis backed him up brilliantly tonight. But we can’t say that the performance of the duo Holiday/Allen especially helped him. On the one hand, the leader certainly finished with 15 points, but at 5/18 on shots and 1/6 at 3-pts (with 5 lost balls). On the other, the fullback finished just 5 points, 1/8 on shots and 1/6 from 3-pts. Together, with a sometimes dubious selection of shots, they therefore had a beautiful hole and we will remember that their first half, full of awkwardness, weighed down Milwaukee quite a bit…
Milwaukee (3-0) : reception of New York, on the night of Friday to Saturday (02:00).
Brooklyn (1-3) : back-to-back against Dallas, on the night of Thursday to Friday (01:30).