The LA Clippers couldn’t bring down Giannis Antetokoumnpo and his Milwaukee Bucks without their top two stars. Although Paul George appeared on the court during the pregame warmup and made nine straight threes, the hosts had to battle Giannis without both him and Kawhi. In the end, the result was 129-124 for the guests.
George addressed the media after the shootaround, saying that he feels very good now.
“My shoulders haven’t been this good in a long time. I shot the ball pretty well last season, so I’m excited for what’s to come.”
As for the game itself, the hosts went up and down like a jo-jo, not being able to provide consistency on the court. Each time Milwaukee made some serious advantage, they would come back. But then again, in a couple of minutes, Doc Rivers’ crew was trailing, often with a double-digit deficit.
The Clippers opened the game slow, and the Bucks were down 9-0 with 3:03 into the contest. Still, they managed to find a rhythm and to end the first period with a two-point edge, 30-28. But then came a strong response from Milwaukee, who early on in the second makes a 13-0 surge and pulls away to 44-33. With 3:55 until the break, visitors created the largest lead of the match, 58-41, and were absolutely in control of the flow.
The start of the second half brought Clippers’ burst and a 15-3 run, which brought back the hosts in the game. During the middle of that sequence, both teams traded buckets, and the team from LA managed to level the score, but not to take the lead.
Milwaukee got away from that position with 10 unanswered points and was once again on a safe distance coming into fourth. Everything looked fine for the visitors, and with 4:41 to go, Kyle Korver scored a two-pointer to give his team a 117-103 advantage. Yet again, the Clippers came awfully close in the final minutes, but there was no way for them to perform a miracle.
Giannis was unstoppable tonight, dropping 36 points, with 16 rebounds and 9 assists. He would also add two steals and blocks in 36 minutes on the court. The reigning MVP didn’t slow down from last year’s pace, and he is still setting the records, although the season just began. The Greek Freak became the first guy in the NBA history with 200+ points, 100+ boars, and 50+ assists in the opening 8 clashes of the campaign.
🦌 @Giannis_An34 DOMINATES in LA! 🦌
38 PTS | 16 REB | 9 AST | 4 3PM | 2 BLK | 2 STL pic.twitter.com/HuRxuOyEhN
— NBA (@NBA) November 7, 2019
“Guys were physical with me but at the end of the day you’ve just got to keep doing what you’re doing,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was trying to make plays, try to stay aggressive. That’s what my teammates wanted me to do.”
George Hill and Eric Bledsoe gave him proper support. Hill had 24 points off the bench, missing just one of his 7 three-point attempts. Bledsoe scored 20 with 6 boards. Brook Lopez posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
For the hosts, the fantastic duo, Harrell-Williams combined for 68 points, with both of them delivering 34 buckets. Harrell had 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and was 13 for 25 from the field. Williams assisted to his teammates 11 times, had 6 boards, and missed one of 13 free-throw attempts. Patrick Beverly, too, had a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards.
For Milwaukee (6-2), this is the fourth win in a row, and they are now heading for Utah to meet the Jazz this Friday. After that, they have a game in Oklahoma City before going back home following a four-game road trip.
The Clippers (5-3) will have their second of the back-to-back night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples already this Thursday.