3 Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks win over Cleveland Cavaliers

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Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez, Jordan Nwora

Nov 16, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks faced the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time this season Wednesday night at Fiserv Forum. The Bucks emerged victorious 113-98 despite a slow start. This was a quality bounce back win after losing their first home game this season on Monday against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bucks carried a 61-60 lead into halftime but outscored the upstart Cavaliers by 14 points in the second half thanks to some Splash Mountain magic. Brook Lopez is the biggest (literally) and first takeaway from this first Cavaliers matchup.

3 Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks win over Cleveland Cavaliers: Brook Lopez

Some skeptics of the early success Brook Lopez has had may be waiting for the cool off from Brook’s hot start to the season, Wednesday was not that day. If anything, Brook stoked the flames and added wood to the fire and then poured some gasoline on it for good measure to make sure everyone stayed warm in Milwaukee on a cold November night.

Brook Lopez scored 29 points on just 13 shots! Splash Mountain made 10 of the 13 including an absolutely scorching tally of seven made 3-pointers on nine attempts. There truly cannot be enough good things said about Brook Lopez, not only in this game, but to start the season. The man is playing 10 years younger than he actually is.

In addition to his 29 points, Brook added five rebounds and three blocks, adding to his league leading total 35 blocks in 14 games. Brook has more blocks than the next four players on the list despite playing one fewer game. In fact, Monday’s loss to the Hawks was the only game so far this season that Smash Mountain didn’t record a block.

Bucks nation will continue to sit around the fire that Brook Lopez has built in his first 14 games while we eagerly await the return of two of the Bucks big three that may need to be considered a big four.

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