Milwaukee Bucks Win Season Opener Over Philadelphia 76ers

The Milwaukee Bucks (1-0) didn’t score much in the final 10-minutes of the game, but Wesley Matthews gave the Bucks a 89-88 lead with a three-pointer with 23.8 seconds left. Brook Lopez split his free throws, intentionally missing the second, with 1.9 seconds remaining and the Bucks held off the Philadelphia 76ers (0-2), 90-88, inside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

That’ll do, Bucks. That’ll do.

No Pat Connaughton. No Khris Middleton. Great opening night victory.

Defensively, the Bucks played well. What I liked the most was a Michael Budenholzer defense didn’t allow 15 wide open three-point attempts. Never thought I’d be able to write those words.

Milwaukee held Joel Embiid in the second half to zero points on 0-of-7 from the field and three turnovers.

The Splash Mountain nickname still holds true for Brook Lopez as he hit 4-of-12 from 3-point range. Not a great percentage, but the ones he made were key.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is still Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak finished with 21 points on 9-of-16 from the field, 13 rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes.

Milwaukee still needs Middleton as a scoring threat on the court or someone else needs to step up while he’s out, because there were moments when the offense looked really good and then there were moments when it was sloppy basketball and there wasn’t fluid basketball on that end of the court.

All things considered, I expected to see more rust than what we saw. The Milwaukee collapse was awful, but still held on to beat Philadelphia on the road, who already had a game under their belt, with no Middleton and without your best bench scorer. That’s big.

I’ve seen enough. The Milwaukee Bucks are winning the Larry.

Up Next:

The Bucks will host the Houston Rockets (0-1) inside the Fiserv Forum on Saturday, October 22nd. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Central Time).

If you’d like to support nickobotsports.com, you can subscribe by clicking here. Every subscription on my Patreon link is greatly appreciated!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s