Milwaukee Bucks: 3 takeaways from 123-105 win over Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND, OHIO - FEBRUARY 05 (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland, Taurean Prince
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Second takeaway from win over Cleveland Cavaliers – Milwaukee Bucks put on a scoring clinic in the paint

Rather than panicking when the 3-point shot struggled to fall with any consistency, the Bucks switched it up and started taking the ball into the post on offense. In fact, they shot just 22 triples in the entire game, which stands far below their season average of nearly 37 3-point attempts per game in an offense that relies so heavily on it.

The Cavaliers had no answer defensively, which helped propel the Bucks to score an astounding season-high 74 points in the paint on the evening.

For reference, Milwaukee’s average points in the post for the season is 47.3, the 12th best mark in the association. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, and Bobby Portis were particularly working close to the basket, which helped them gain a steady lead as the game progressed. Milwaukee needed a scoring boost with the offense lacking, and everyone on the roster stepped up.

Hopefully, the Bucks do not have too many outings where they shoot awfully from 3-point territory, but it was a relief to see them adapt offensively with the long ball not falling. For Milwaukee to shoot 31.8 percent from downtown and score 123 points and nevertheless get the win,  it showcases the versatility of this roster, and embracing that will be crucial moving forward.