Game 4: Milwaukee Bucks 103 Brooklyn Nets 96 Grades & Reactions

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Nov 2, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the second quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It finally happened for your Milwaukee Bucks! There’s a win on the board, and now everybody can step back, take a deep breath and focus on the team kicking on and improving.

The timing for a first win couldn’t have been any better either.

Sure, following on from their stuttering start this felt like a must-win game for the Bucks to turn the mood around, but on top of that, heading into a chunk of schedule that at least appears quite favorable, and with the return of Jabari Parker imminent, it creates a positive energy for the team going forward.

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The game was closer than it arguably should have been considering how well the Bucks played, but in that sense, the team should gain even greater confidence from the fact that they closed this one out, unlike they did against Washington for example.

The Bucks struggled a little from the free-throw line which was a surprise considering how well they had been doing in that department, but in every other facet of their game they at least had the edge over Brooklyn.

Most notably, Milwaukee shot 52 percent from the field, just under 40 percent from behind the three-point line and had only 14 turnovers.

If they’re habits that the Bucks can develop, they’re going to win a lot of games.

For now though, the panic should have subsided at least temporarily.

Let’s take a look at the positives and negatives of Monday’s performance in Brooklyn, before starting the anticipation for Jabari Parker’s return to NBA action at home to Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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