Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks ended their 5-game losing streak by beating OKC 98-85. Having scored a double-double, Giannis notched season-high 19 rebounds with 29 points. The Bucks, who posted the NBA’s best regular-season record each of the last two seasons, avoided their first six-game skid since March 12-22, 2015. They hadn’t lost five straight since January 25 to February 3 in 2017.
The Bucks responded by going on an 18-0 run midway through the game to lead by as many as 22 points in the third quarter. But after it appeared the Bucks were on their way to a blowout victory, Oklahoma City Thunder started to make things interesting, having led by Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and Lu Dort. The Thunder’s 85 points were the fewest by a Bucks opponent all season. Milwaukee’s 98 points represented its second-lowest point total of the season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo knocks double-double against OKC to end Bucks’ losing streak
“Guys were ready,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said as per ESPN. “Guys competed and played hard. Even though we weren’t knocking down a lot of shots, we competed defensively and were able to rebound and share the ball. It’s good. We’re still building.”
Antetokounmpo also said he appreciated facing adversity and being getting down because “that’s the only way you improve.” The two-time reigning MVP noted that “if everything always goes well and goes your way, you kind of not know the other side. You don’t feel it. So now we feel the other side.”
“That’s just the NBA, man,” said Milwaukee’s D.J. Augustin, who had 11 points and five assists in his first start of the season. “You’ve got a couple of options. You can either be up on a team, step on their neck and put them out, or you can keep the game going and they’ll make a run. It happens. We did a great job tonight keeping our composure when it got close late in the game. We just kept doing what we wanted to do and made big plays.”