On the second day of their daytime back-to-back, the Milwaukee Bucks saw shots finally begin to fall as they defeated the Washington Wizards, 104-95. The win was the result of a dominant shooting performance, as the Bucks shot 47% from the field and 50% from three.
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“You’ve got to keep shooting,” said Kidd. “The shooters have to keep shooting. Got to believe that the next one’s going in.”
“I thought the guys showed a lot of character playing two afternoon games…I thought the guys showed a lot of heart to stay together. No matter calls, turnovers, missed shots, they still played and coming down the stretch." pic.twitter.com/QRDtx03Sj1
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One of those shooters was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 27 points, as well as having a career-high 20 rebounds. Not only was he making great basketball plays, but he even hiked the ball through his legs to Khris Middleton for a highlight reel fast-break dunk.
“That was a heck of a play by one of the best players in the world,” coach Jason Kidd said. “To be able to do that, to understand where his teammates are on the floor and the response that fast of hiking the ball to Khris just shows how good he really is.”
After the game, Antetokounmpo was told that he snapped the ball better than many long snappers, to which he replied “yeah, I could be a football player.”
Other major contributors in the game were Eric Bledsoe, with 23 points, and Khris Middleton, with 19.
The Bucks will have Tuesday off after the back-to-back, as they head home to take on the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at 7pm CT.