MILWAUKEE — The Bucks have developed a nasty behavior over the course of the season that has led to stern locker room speeches from Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks have a powerful document and boast one of the best offensive score within the league, however they have been outscored by their opponents in first quarters this season thanks to some sluggish begins.
On Monday evening, the Bucks discovered themselves dealing with a four-point deficit to the Denver Nuggets on the finish of the primary quarter of their 104-98 win.
By halftime, Denver’s lead mounted to 10.
“We positively want to fix it,” Giannis Antetokounmpo mentioned after the sport, the eighth wherein the Bucks have trailed on the finish of the primary quarter — of 16 video games this season. “We’ve to do a greater job making an attempt to set the tone. I feel we did a greater job this sport, however we will do quite a bit higher. However expertise at all times saves us. I really feel like we’re so proficient that when had been down 10, down 15, we will at all times get again within the sport. However we all know that down the highway, that’s not going to assist us. We’ve to find a way to set the tone and have management of the full sport.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 factors and Eric Bledsoe added 22, together with two late Three-pointers, because the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 17-point, first-half deficit to down the Denver Nuggets 104-98 on Monday evening.
The Bucks’ largest first quarter deficit this season got here Friday after they discovered themselves down 13 factors to the Chicago Bulls. Often, that’s when the swap is flipped. Milwaukee is the NBA’s greatest second-quarter group and has proven the power to bounce again from giant deficits in a number of latest video games.
However on Friday, the Bucks trailed Chicago by 18 on the half. Monday’s sport in opposition to the Nuggets marked the second time this season that Milwaukee has trailed by double digits at halftime.
“In refined methods, hopefully we’re occupied with it, speaking about it, addressing it,” Budenholzer mentioned. “I feel we might all like to begin higher.”
The Bucks outscored the Nuggets 32-21 within the third quarter to permit them to achieve a one-point lead over the Nuggets. Antetokounmpo scored 15 of his 29 factors in that quarter. The group compelled six Nuggets turnovers within the quarter. That burst helped the Bucks go on to declare a 104-98 win.
“I do not need to overreact,” Budenholzer mentioned. “In an ideal world, you would be nice for all 4 quarters. That’s sort of our purpose, our mission, to play higher for extra of the 48 minutes than our opponent.”