November 29th, 2016: Cavaliers 101 Bucks 118
Yes, you read that score right. Milwaukee hosted Cleveland on Tuesday and won by 17. The Bucks outscored Cleveland 34-20 in the 3rd quarter to make it an easy 4th quarter which saw LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and the other Cavs stars on the bench. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 34 points on 13-19 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and had 5 assists. On defense, he had 5 steals and 2 blocks. Giannis had a performance to remember, and he indeed showed the NBA what he is capable of. The scoring wasn't all Giannis, which is a great thing. Jabari Parker scored 18, Michael Beasley scored 17, Greg Monroe scored 14, and rookie Malcolm Brogdon scored 10. The defense helped cause 19 Cleveland turnovers, 7 of those from King James himself. Milwaukee shot 53.5% from the field and a solid 19 of 23 from the free throw line. This game also included a fantastic moment that made the Bradley Center get beyond loud. Rookie Thon Maker crossed over Cleveland power forward Chris Andersen, stepped back, and drained a 2 pointer. I think even Cleveland fans got excited by the slowest crossover in NBA history.
December 1st, 2016: Bucks 111 Nets 93
December opened in a great way for Bucks fans. The team traveled to Brooklyn to take on the struggling Nets, and once again dominated the third quarter. Milwaukee outscored Brooklyn 38-27 in the 3rd, and only gave up 15 points in the 4th. 5 Bucks scored 10 or more points, with Giannis leading the way with a stat line of 23/8/8. Jabari scored 22, and Henson, Brogdon, and Snell all scored more than 10 points. The Bucks were on fire from deep, draining a season high 15 three pointers. At the time this game was played, Milwaukee was 9-8 while the Nets were 5-13. This is a game the Bucks should have won easily, and while it was a 1 point game at the half, a strong 2nd half from Milwaukee sealed a road win.
December 3rd 2016: Nets 103 Bucks 112
Saturday didn't just see some of the first snow of the season, but also saw the Bucks play the Nets again, this time in Milwaukee. In a contrast to Wednesday, the Bucks played a better first half, taking a 10 point lead at the end of it. The scoring from Milwaukee was great, as 6 Bucks in total scored more than 10 points, including all 5 starters. John Henson led the way with 20, Matthew Dellavedova had 18, and Giannis had 16 with 10 rebounds. Milwaukee only shot 25% from 3 point land, but the field goals inside were falling at 47.1%, so the 3 point struggles shouldn't be a worry. Every team has off shooting nights, even the Warriors.
Milwaukee ends the week at 10-8 and will have a tough week ahead. They host the Spurs, Blazers, and Hawks, then travel to our nation's capital to play the Wizards.