It was close early, but in the end the Bucks couldn’t hang with the Warriors and lost 101-80 Tuesday night.
The Bucks were up 30-28 after the first but down 50-48 at halftime. Things went downhill from there, as they were outscored by nine in the third and 10 in the fourth, with the Bucks offense unable to muster more than 20 points in either quarter in the half. The Bucks were also outrebounded 54-37, which is a concern going forward.
David Lee led all scorers with 22 points while tallying 18 rebounds in the process. Lee made it look effortless against the Bucks, shooting 10-12 from the field and finishing around the basket with ease. It was a less than stellar game for Steph Curry, who finished 2-11 from deep and had seven turnovers.
Milwaukee was characteristically bad from the field, shooting 39 percent. Ersan Ilyasova had a semi-productive game, finishing with 20 points and shotting eight free throws. He still had some terrible misses, but maybe this is the kind of game he needed to get going in the future.
The Bucks had good contributions from both OJ Mayo and Khris Middleton off the bench, who scored 13 and 10 points respectively. It still seems like a waste that Middleton isn’t starting, but he’s almost playing starters minutes so it’s almost a moot point. Giannis wasn’t very effective against Iguodala, but that is part of the process of becoming an NBA player. Iguodala is a good defender in this league and did a solid job of taking away what Giannis does well on offense. If he wants to become a legit player in this league, he’ll need to become more diverse on offense and learn to adapt when these things happen.
The loss drops the Bucks record to 7-27 on the season. They welcome the Bulls to the BMO Harris Bradley Center Friday night.