Holiday, Middleton, Antietokounmpo were out and the Bucks suffered another heavy loss, this time at home to the Wizards (95-118) who hit their five consecutive positive scores.
The first game of 2023 was a nightmare for the Bucks. Junior Holiday (illness), Khris Middleton (right knee), OR John Antikonmo (left knee) was sidelined and the Milwaukee team suffered a huge loss at home (95-118) to the Washington Wizards who went to the Fiserv Forum without their key player, Bradley Bell.
Down to 23-13 (15-4 at home and 8-9), the Deers will try to forget tonight. We’re nearing the halfway point of the season and we haven’t yet seen Milwaukee in full swing, so it’s not easy to understand their dynamics and objectively assess the roster as the February 9th trade deadline approaches. It was Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen who fought hard, while Joe Engels had moments in the build-up part and disappointing in the execution part. Although having the Bucks again was heartbreaking overall.
The Wizards rallied to 17-21 (10-7 at home and 7-14 away), with Kristaps Porzingis-Daniel Gafford laying the groundwork from the first period and point guard Roy Hachimura in the third period for Washington’s fifth straight win. victory. With only eight players rotating, Wes Anseld, who had seen his team play more sensible basketball, went with the opportunity he found before him with the home team’s Big Three absent and seized it to a comfortable victory.
26-72 points at bat, 8-20 points in surprise, 31-50 points off the bench, 18-17 points from opponent fouls, 20-17 points from second opportunities (offensive rebounds), only 10 fouls committed. By the Wizards, who made 67 two-pointers compared to 27 three-pointers, while the Bucks had 47 two-pointers compared to 49 three-pointers.
The two teams will play again at the Fiserv Forum on Wednesday morning at 03:00. It will be their second match in three nights.
With Carter, Allen, Connaughton, Portis, and Lopez opening the game, the Bucks, who had great trouble marking “Dynamite” Gafford saw Lopez commit two quick errors. 10-15 in the fifth and 14-24 in the ninth showed that a tough night just got tougher, especially as the shots (2/9 triple) didn’t come in again.
At the end of the half (17-34) Porzingis-Gafford scored 24 points, and by the middle of the second the difference was more than 20 points. 20′ The home team had 6/24 3-pointers and at halftime (50-68) Mike Budenholzer and those watching the game were at least embarrassed by the really bad Milwaukee team’s image.
As much as the Bucks were looking for a good stretch on both ends of the floor, something was missing. The margin stayed around 20 points for most of the third period, Hachimura did what he wanted on offense and at the end of the 12-minute first period -18, it was still -18. With the host on 15/36 two throws and three 10/41. The fourth period was clearly procedural as the Wizards showed high concentration and determination to go into the game. They did not give any rights and came to the conclusion with characteristic ease.
the dodecalepta: 17-34, 50-68, 70-88, 95-118
Bucks Milwaukee (Mike Bodenholzer): Connaughton 10 (2/6 3-pointers, 3 rebounds), Portis 19 (5/14 2-pointers, 2-1/2 3-pointers, 6/6 shooting, 10 rebounds, 2 assists), Lopez 8 (1 3-pointers, 10 rebounds), Allen 13 (3/9 three-pointers, 5 rebounds, 8 assists), Carter 14 (2/6 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), Ibaka 4 (2/7 shots) , Beauchamp 11 (2/9 three-pointers, 4 rebounds), Engels (0/4 three-pointers, 6 assists), Mamoukilasvili 2, Green 10 (2), Nora 4, Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Washington Wizards (Wes Unseld): Kuzma 10 (5/16 shooting, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 turnovers), Porzingis 22 (9/11 2 shots, 0/5 3 shots, 4/4 shots, 5 rebounds), Gafford 17 (8/11 2-pointers, 4 rebounds, 4 assists), Kispert 12 (2/2 3-pointers, 4/4 shooting, 6 rebounds), Morris 7 (1 3-pointer, 3 rebounds, 4 assists), Hashimura 26 (8/13 2 shots, 3/5 3-pointers, 1/3 shooting, 4 rebounds, 3 assists), Abdia 11 (5/12 shooting, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals), Wright 7 (1) Burton, Goodwin 2, Carey 2, Jill 2
Milwaukee Bucks stats: 21/47 2 made, 13/49 3 made, 14/15 blocked shots, 49 rebounds, 22 assists, 11 steals, 3 blocks, 16 turnovers, 15 fouls
Washington Wizards stats: 43/67 2 made, 7/27 3 made, 11/16 blocked shots, 63 rebounds, 30 assists, 9 steals, 6 blocks, 17 turnovers, 10 fouls
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