Bucks run roughshod over Kyrie, Nets
LOS ANGELES, USA – The Milwaukee Bucks, led by 29 points from reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, ran roughshod over the Brooklyn Nets, improving their league-leading record with a 117-97 victory on Saturday, January 18 (Sunday, January 19, Philippine time).
Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds in the victory, the Bucks' sixth straight.
Milwaukee improved to 38-6 and lead the Miami Heat by 7 1/2 games in the Eastern Conference.
The dominant performance came two days after the Bucks let a double-digit lead dwindle to 4 points late in the 4th quarter in close-run a win over the Boston Celtics.
"We were focused, we had the lead but we were playing like it's a tie game," Antetokounmpo said of the Bucks' determination not to let up on the accelerator.
"We know that Brooklyn is a team that can get hot. We were able to be smart, move the ball, get good shots, so we were able to build on that lead."
The best from The Greek Freak:— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 19, 2020
29 PTS | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 25 MIN. pic.twitter.com/UGZiyoRnNr
The Bucks led 57-42 at halftime and stretched the advantage to 93-71 heading into the final period.
Khris Middleton added 20 points for the Bucks, who had 6 players score in double figures.
Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 17 points, but Brooklyn never really looked like it could stop the Bucks, who connected on 50.6% of their shots from the field, including 17 of 37 three-point attempts.
They held the Nets to 33.3% shooting, and never trailed after the opening minutes.
"It doesn’t even matter if I’ve got ball troubles or if I’m not playing well, I just got to be out there and do the best I can.” pic.twitter.com/Gc5Pp9fvTG— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 19, 2020