|Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF 35 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-8 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +14 +/-
If my memory serves me correctly, I believe all of Giannis’ points came via dunk or free throw. He was active around the basket and on the glass all night, the latter of which was big with Pachulia, Ilyasova and Sanders out. While I wouldn’t say Giannis commanded the ball offensively, he made several strong moves to the hoop, including this one in the first half, when he took advantage of a clear mismatch. Overall, it’s tough to complain about a second straight double-double, but 4-of-8 at the line is a problem.
|John Henson, C 29 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +9 +/-
Henson got the start at center and was tasked with controlling Jonas Valanciunas for much of the night. The much bigger Valanciunas piled up some offensive rebounds early, but Henson (sort of) contained him as the game wore on. Milwaukee was out-rebounded by double-digits in the first two meetings, but Henson helped keep it to only a two-board difference Monday night. He also had this huge block in the first half and put in his patented lefty hook in the third quarter. (Also missed a dunk).
|Jorge Gutierrez, PG 28 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | +3 +/-
After playing 15 combined minutes in his first two games with the Bucks, Gutierrez was thrust into the starting lineup in the absence of Brandon Knight (quad), as Jason Kidd said he wanted to maintain continuity off the bench. Gutierrez was solid in the first half and always seemed to be around the ball defensively (I wrote “scrappy” in my game notes no fewer than six times). On the offensive end, he was steady as a facilitator and did a good job of getting into the lane and kicking to open shooters. However, nerves seemed to get the best of him during the Bucks’ mini-collapse in the fourth quarter. In the span of a few minutes, he committed a couple turnovers, badly missed an open layup and bricked a few jumpers, leading Kidd to replace him with Middleton with 5:44 to play.
|Jared Dudley, SG 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +10 +/-
Dudley knocked down a few mid-range jumpers and was steady throughout, but no shot was bigger than his catch-and-shoot three with 2:08 remaining that gave Milwaukee its first field goal in over nine minutes of game time. Over his last three games, Dudley is averaging 16.3 points with nine made three-pointers.
|Khris Middleton, SG 38 MIN | 10-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +11 +/-
Despite failing to score in the fourth quarter, Middleton had probably his best game of the season. His 25 points, 12 of which came in the third quarter, were a season-high, and he virtually carried the Bucks’ offense through the first three periods. His hands were active defensively, and he also grabbed nine rebounds, second only to Giannis’ 12. After shooting 52% from three last month, Middleton is off to a 3-for-4 start from deep in February.
|Kenyon Martin, PF 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -2 +/-
Martin came in and did some Martin things. He missed a loooong hook shot in the first quarter but redeemed himself with a smooth move later in the half. He was also stuffed by the rim on what looked to be an alley-oop attempt, but he was able to corral the rebound and kick it to the perimeter. Veteran move.
|Johnny O’Bryant III, PF 10 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3 +/-
Early in the second quarter, O’Bryant attacked the boards on a few possessions with some aggression and athleticism we hadn’t seen this season. He looked more spry than usual and did a hell of a job D-ing up Terrence Ross on this possession. But it wasn’t all good. He finished 0-of-4 from the field and had one of his patented “miss the pull-up jumper, miss the layup on the next possession, get the rebound, pump fake way too many times, lose the ball, fall over” sequences in the second quarter.
|Jerryd Bayless, PG 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | -6 +/-
Bayless nearly had himself a triple-double, getting off to another hot start with six first-half assists. He would cool off in the second half, however, and he went completely cold in the fourth quarter before hitting a dagger jumper from the top of the key with 30 seconds left. While it may not have been his best night offensively, Bayless was a major reason the Bucks were able to hold Lou Williams to 1-of-12 shooting.
|O.J. Mayo, SG 11 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1 +/-
Mayo hit a three and knocked down a tough, contested jumper before being swiftly ejected in the second quarter after jawing with an official. It wasn’t clear what he said, but he was clearly upset with a no-call on a jumpshot and needed only about 15 seconds to pick up two technicals. No word yet on a possible fine or suspension. Mayo earns a “D” for Don’t get kicked out of games when your team only has nine active players.
The Bucks May Never Lose Again: Milwaukee 82 – Toronto 75