In a game that saw an historic moment in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks triumphed over the Brooklyn Nets with a score of 118:113. This game was marked by a unique statistic, as the Bucks played without their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, while the Nets were without Nic Claxton, Spencer Dinwiddie, Cam Johnson, Royce O'Neale, and Ben Simmons.
A Close Game with Decisive Moments
Despite the absence of key players, the game remained close and intense. According to Bucks Coach Mike Budenholzer, "It was a close game, and [the team] made the plays that made the difference down the stretch." The starting lineup of the Nets, consisting of only Mikal Bridges and Dorian Finney-Smith from the previous game, did not perform well and after the first quarter, in which they lost by 17 points, Coach Jacque Vaughn made the decision to replace the entire starting lineup with players from the bench.
A Record-Breaking Performance by the Nets Bench Players
This decision resulted in a historic moment in the NBA, as the Nets bench players scored a record-breaking 98 points, while the starters only scored 15 points. This broke the previous record held by the 1977 Golden State Warriors, whose bench players scored 94 points against the Indiana Pacers on March 14, 1977.
Cam Thomas, who scored 21 points for Brooklyn, stated, "We picked up the energy...Getting stops, getting down and running and playing faster was the main key."
Brook Lopez comes WITHIN ONE BLOCK of a triple-double as the @Bucks move to 19-1 in their last 20 games!
Outstanding Performances from Both Teams
Bobby Portis led the Bucks with 28 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Brook Lopez with 24 points.
On the other hand, the Nets saw outstanding performances from Patty Mills with 23 points and seven assists and Cam Thomas with 21 points. In another match, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors with a score of 131:110, with Tyus Jones scoring 22 points and 11 assists and Jaren Jackson Jr.
adding 21 points and nine rebounds. Stephen Curry scored 29 points with seven rebounds for Golden State, with notable performances from Jordan Poole with 22 points, Draymond Greens with 16 points and seven assists, and Klay Thompson with 14 points.
Other Results from the Night
The night also saw the following results:
- Detroit Pistons lost to the Charlotte Hornets with a score of 103:113
- The Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets in overtime with a score of 134:125
- The Orlando Magic lost to the Utah Jazz with a score of 124:131
- The Sacramento Kings triumphed over the New York Knicks with a score of 122:117