10-0 Sixers—33-14 Sixers–
That was the start of Sunday nights affair between Milwaukee and Philly. The game was taking place in Milwaukee and, as had been the case in the past four games prior, the Buck’s were getting outplayed. Ben Simmons was controlling the pace and flow of the game, dropping dimes left and right. He was getting to his spots and setting up his teammates in theirs. Dario Saric wasn’t missing any shots (he ended shooting 9-11 for the game) and this Milwaukee team had been in this spot the past 4 games.
The Buck’s kept competing and narrowed the margin to within 12 points at halftime. But as the second half began, they were not, and instantly fell behind 81-62 after two minuets in the third. The variable that would be different this go around was their star was about to catch fire, yes Giannis was about to step his game up. In a interview after the game, Giannis spoke to Bledsoe about the pace. “We gotta pick up our pace, we’re playing too slow. No matter what was going on, they were coming down on us and we need to do the same thing. We had them beat on the floor, and its hard for him to play (referring to Joel Embiib) in fast pace. That’s what we did and were able to get a lead.”
Antetokounmpo finished this one shooting 14-23 from the field, for 35 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and two steals. He credited shooting with patience as the basis for his success. He and his teammates also created 26 turnovers, the game changing stat in this one. Philadelphia had twice as many turnovers and as a result had 25 fewer total shots. Even though they shot a higher percentage (55% to 50%) it wasn’t enough.
Giannis wasn’t alone in the fight. His point guard Eric Bledsoe had a solid all around game, going 8-18 from the field for 22 points, 7 assist’s, 5 rebounds, and two steals. good thing because Khris Middleton struggled a touch going just 5-14, finishing with 10 points, 5 assists, and three steals. Philadelphia was led by Saric, who scored 25 points and collected 6 rebounds. Joel Embiib was just so-so, going for 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Ben Simmons had 12 points, 15 assists, and 5 boards. He also had 6 turnovers.
In regards to runs that his team has been know to surrender, Bucks coach Joe Prunty chimed in. “The bottom line is the game is 48 minutes. The more we can stay focused through the whole time, even if they go on a run, the better off we are going to be.” Milwaukee must remain in the present, its crucial for their success.
After all was said and done Philadelphia has to be kicking themselves for not sealing the deal. They had their opponent right where they wanted them, on the road, and weren’t able to finish. Conversely, this could be a changing point for the Buck’s who looked dead in the water, but resuscitated back to life. The fight that this team possesses must be noted, however you must be ready come first and third quarter, even Giannis noted this in the press conference. Best news is they were victorious over a team that was ahead of them by a couple games, playoff positioning is already underway.
Key Stats to follow:
- Rebounding. Buck’s =38 Sixer’s =32.
- Total points allowed. 110. That’s high, in fact 5 points over what they typically average. Given the fact that Philly shot so well from the field, this total is acceptable within the context of this game.
- Bench points. Milwaukee=33 Philadelphia=28