Bucks makes a statement to the Nets on opening night
Milwaukee- The Bucks get their first win of the season over the Brooklyn Nets 127-104.
Opening night opened up with bang. The defending champs started their tour of another championship ring and in their way was the Brooklyn Nets, who has been the favorite to win it all this season. Coming out the gate, the Bucks struggled to get into rhythm and went 2 out 8 from the field. Despite their horrific outside shooting, Giannis Antetokoumpo was very active on the boards and kept possessions alive. Milwaukee caught fire late into the first and it looked like they were hitting the Nets with Tyson Fury's jabs. They ended the quarter scoring 35 points and had zero turnovers.
Well, the start of the second quarter for the Bucks looked like a different team on the floor. Their defense was very relaxed and the Nets took advantage of it. Patty Mills decided to insert himself in the game and was hot from behind the arc. At one point in the quarter, Mills was 3 for 3 from the bonus land and sparked a 10-2 run for the Nets. After matching their largest of the night (19), the Bucks saw their lead disappear to single digits at the end of the half, 66-59.
At the end of the half, the Bucks found out their all-star Jrue Holiday was going to be out for the game with a right heel contusion.
Khris Middleton started to find his groove in the second half. From backing down his defender and knocking down his famous fadeaway, to getting into the lane with ease, Middleton became a factor in the third. In the fourth, the Bucks put the Nets to bed with some superb shooting from behind the arc and some defensive plays in the quarter. Bucks went on to cap off their first win of the season in a statement game.
Giannis finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists.