3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ thrilling win over Washington Wizards

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - FEBRUARY 01 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton, Washington Wizards: Aaron Holiday
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 01 (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Having struggled early, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton both came up clutch for the Milwaukee Bucks in the fourth quarter

With the Bucks now leading by just single digits heading to the fourth, it was clear that they would need more from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday if they would win this game. Middleton had only scored five points throughout three quarters, while Holiday had 11 as the tandem struggled to get into a groove up until that point. Thankfully, they both turned it on in the final 12 minutes.

Holiday was particularly sensational to close out the game as he doubled his scoring point total in the first three quarters by chipping in 11 more points in the fourth. Whether he was attacking the basket or knocking down his patented stepback 3-pointer, Holiday caught the hot hand late and did his part to ensure that the Bucks would get this win. Overall, he finished with 22 points on an impressive 56.3 percent field goal shooting, which included knocking down four of his five 3-point attempts, while tallying five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. It was an outstanding effort to close this one out by Milwaukee’s potential All-Star point guard.

As for Middleton, his horrendous shooting night was overshadowed by some clutch baskets down the stretch, including a jumper to put the Bucks up by six with just under three minutes left to play. He would then knock down the dagger 3-pointer to put the Bucks up 13 and stamp the victory for Milwaukee. It was a tough night all-around for Middleton as he finished with just 13 points on an abysmal 4-of-12 shooting, including 2-of-7 from behind the arc, but he delivered in the clutch, as he tends to do for the champs when they need him the most.

Hats off to these two for bouncing back after tough starts to help get this victory.