Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Over the first few weeks of the Wizards season, it appeared that they were just trying to get things together to try and win games, now it seems no matter what they put together, it just does not seem to be working.
The Bucks have a very well-rounded squad. This is where the Antetokounmpo show comes in and tonight he had his way with the Wizards scoring 42 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and even adding 8 assists to his stat line.
Antetokounmpo shot 87.0% from the field, the highest mark in a game by a player with at least 20 attempts since Mike Woodson of the Kansas City Kings went 22 of 24 (91.7%) in a 48-point effort against the Houston Rockets on Feb. 20, 1983.
Let’s face it… you don’t win many basketball games when you let an opponent drop 142 points in a game. On most nights, 129 points finds you on the right side of the win column, tonight against the Bucks, it didn’t seem to matter what Poole or Kuzma threw at Giannis and Lillard, they were going to throw it right back and quicky for that matter.
One lifeline came from Deni Avdija early in the 4th, where he seemed to put a clamp down both Bobby Portis and Antetokounmpo on back-to-back possessions, then he scored two layups of his own at 10:58 and 10:34 remaining in the game.
Washington was in the game well into the fourth and even had their shot at taking over the momentum of the game when Corey Kispert gave the Wizards their first lead of the game at 108-107 with 10:02 remaining.
Portis put the game basically out of range at 119-110 when he hit a hook shot with 6:57 remaining.
Milwaukee put the game way out of range when Cole Beasley hit a three pointer with 2:04 remaining. The shot by Beasley marked the 5th starter in double figures for the Bucks tonight.
After the game Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr. commented on the play by his team.
“We were able to stay close in those final minutes, but when they were able to get the lead back into double figures it made it really tough with Brook (Lopez) and Giannis on the floor at the same time.