If there were any questions about whether the Milwaukee Bucks were legit coming into Thursday night’s matchup with the Golden State Warriors, there aren’t anymore. The Bucks, which were already one of the biggest stories in the NBA heading into the game, walked into Oracle Arena and beat the brakes off of the two-time defending champions. Even with Draymond Green sidelined with an injury, Milwaukee made a statement with a 134-111 victory.
The two teams spent the first quarter feeling one another out, and the Bucks used the second quarter to turn the jets on a bit and get the Warriors at arm’s length heading into the locker room. Milwaukee had a 64-51 lead at the half, with 19 of those for the Bucks coming from MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The thing with Golden State, though, is that third quarters are kind of their thing. When they’re at Oracle Arena especially, the Warriors are capable of coming out of the locker room and boat-racing their opponents. However, Milwaukee decided to laugh at this notion and spent the third quarter kicking Golden State’s collective teeth in. The Bucks outscored the Dubs 41-28 (!!!) in the frame. Even crazier, it felt like it could have been more, as Milwaukee was relentless in attacking their opponents.
Of course, there was Antetokounmpo, who did a bunch of stuff that has made him a superstar to score and set up his teammates.
Having to stay in front of him is nearly impossible, because his mix of size, power, length, and skill is rivaled by, at most, two or three other guys on earth. But for how brilliant Antetokounmpo is capable of being on a nightly basis, his teammates also managed to get the job done in the third quarter.