3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ big win versus Golden State Warriors

Jan 13, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Grayson Allen, Golden State Warriors: Kevon Looney
Jan 13, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

Bobby Portis bounced back from a poor performance while Grayson Allen found a groove in his return to the Milwaukee Bucks’ lineup

With Holiday sidelined, the Bucks would need impactful performances out of Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen to get the victory.

Portis needed little motivation heading into this matchup following a sluggish five-point outing in Milwaukee’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets three days prior. He immediately made his presence felt by playing aggressively on the offensive end, letting it fly with unmatched confidence whenever he got the chance. It paid off in the end as Portis finished with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, which included knocking down four triples in seven attempts. He also pulled down seven rebounds while tallying a block and a steal apiece, all of which helped him notch a team-high +27 for the game. This was a fantastic bounce-back game from the big man.

Another player who aimed to bounce back last night was Allen, who has missed the last several games due to health and safety protocols. Prior to exiting the lineup, Allen had been stuck in a massive shooting slump, and this game presented an opportunity for him to start fresh. Given the magnitude of the matchup, the Bucks needed everything they could get out of the guard, and he delivered by scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 field goal shooting, including 3-of-7 from long range. Whether he was letting it fly from the perimeter or putting it on the floor and finishing at the rim, Allen looked confident in his return. This is the type of basketball they will need him to play as the season goes on, particularly in the postseason. Hopefully he has put that pesky slump behind him.

It was incredibly welcoming to see both players bounce back on national television after battling through their share of recent struggles.