In spite of 52 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks couldn’t quite find their best in a St. Patrick’s Day loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo produced the scoring performance of a lifetime on Sunday at Fiserv Forum, but on an otherwise sub-par day for the Milwaukee Bucks, it wasn’t enough to get the better of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Broadcast live on ABC, this marquee St. Patrick’s Day matchup between two of the East’s best certainly provided its share of entertainment and thrills for the national audience.
More than anything, it was the individual performances of two of the league’s ascendant superstars that captured the imagination. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid went toe-to-toe, as they will for years to come, and combined for 92 points, 31 rebounds, 13 assists, five steals and two blocks.
As individual superstar matchups go, they don’t get much better than that.
Elsewhere the Bucks suffered a painfully sub-par shooting night in their first outing without Malcolm Brogdon, the newest member of the 50-40-90 club. The Bucks found the odds stacked significantly against them as Philadelphia’s response to that was to enjoy an uncharacteristically hot 46.9 percent three-point shooting effort of their own.
In the end, that proved to be the difference between the two teams, although it remained relatively close right until the end, in spite of Philadelphia’s control.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Bucks’ individual efforts from Sunday’s loss to the 76ers.