Here is the recap for the past week for the Milwaukee Bucks.
December 5th, 2016: Spurs 97 Bucks 96
Milwaukee opened a tough week at home against the Spurs. San Antonio entered the Bradley Center undefeated on the road, and left undefeated on the road, breaking the hearts of the Bucks. Milwaukee outscored San Antonio 24-9 in the 2nd quarter, but a 36 point 3rd by the Spurs put them right back in the game. Kawhi Leonard scored 21 for the Spurs, and they went on to win. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 22 and Jabari Parker scored 23, but it simply wasn't enough. There were some very blatant missed calls by the refs, but that's to be expected when a popular NBA team plays a small market team like Milwaukee. Ultimately, the loss came down to the Bucks being outscored by 11 in the 3rd and not being able to finish. There was a costly turnover by the Bucks on an in-bounds play, and that led to a Spurs basket.
December 7th, 2016: Blazers 107 Bucks 115
The Bucks looked to bounce back, and they did. The Blazers came to town, and saw Giannis get his 2nd triple-double of the season, and the 7th of his career. Giannis is one triple-double away from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most triple doubles by a Milwaukee Buck. Giannis had a stat-line of 15/12/11. 7 of those 15 points came from the free-throw line. Jabari Parker continues to tear it up, scoring 27 points. Matthew Dellavedova had 17 points, and he was 1 of the 6 Bucks to score over 10 points. Milwaukee outscored Portland 34-18 in the 3rd quarter, giving them a 9 point lead to defend in the 4th. The Bucks also shot 10-24 from 3 point land, and 51.9% from the field in general. Despite Lillard scoring 30 points, the Bucks defended home court and beat the Trail Blazers.
December 9th, 2016: Hawks 114 Bucks 110
Fresh off a win, the Bucks looked to build off the momentum by beating Atlanta. Sadly, this didn't happen, as the Hawks were able to win in the Bradley Center behind a career-high 33 points from guard Dennis Schroder. Once again 6 Bucks scored 10 or more points, but that wasn't enough to beat the then 11-12 Atlanta Hawks. Jabari led the way with another 27 point performance. The game was really a tale of two halves. Milwaukee won the first half by a combined score of 64-44. Yes, Milwaukee blew a 20 point lead in the 2nd half and ended up losing by 4. Atlanta won the 2nd half by a combined score of 70-46, which included a 40 point 3rd quarter. Mirza Teletovic did not play in this game, and it would have been nice to have his 3-point shooting to rely on. The Bucks' inability to close out due to inexperience showed in this game, and players like Michael Beasley and Giannis Antetokounmpo being in foul trouble didn't help.
December 10th, 2016: Bucks 105 Wizards 110
The Bucks traveled to our nation's capital to take on the Wizards. Milwaukee won the 1st quarter by 9, then Washington won the 2nd by 9, giving us a tie at the half. The 3rd quarter was a tie, and the Wizards ended up winning by 5. John Wall scored 24 while Bradley Beal scored 20. Giannis Anteotkounmpo scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Mirza Teletovic scored 25 points, going 5-6 from 3 point land. The Bucks were on fire from beyond the arc, shooting 13-25 (52.0%). Despite this, Milwaukee didn't have it in the end. The Wizards got to the free throw line more, which helps when the game comes down to the final seconds. The positive takeaway from this game is that the Bucks kept it close.
Milwaukee ends the week at 11-11 and will play Toronto and Chicago. They play Chicago twice this week.