Original title: Score 8 points in 1 minute!Lillard saves the Bucks but can’t hide 3 major hidden dangers, Antetokounmpo makes 7 mistakes, Midou is no longer at his peak
On November 4th, Beijing time, the NBA Mid-Season Championship officially kicked off. The Bucks faced the Knicks at home. The Mid-Season Championship is a new part of this season. In order to improve the competitive environment of the Mid-Season Championship, the league will give players and coaches of the championship team The coaches each receive US$500,000, the assistant coaches receive 75% of the head coach’s total bonus, and the second place bonus is US$200,000. Before the game, the Bucks were 2-2 and seventh in the Eastern Conference, while the Knicks were 2-3 and ninth in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks, who started playing at home, were the first to enter the state, playing an ideal 11-2 start to establish an early lead. Then the team’s offense misfired. Under the leadership of Brunson, the Knicks blossomed inside and outside. At the end of the first quarter, the Knicks took a 25-21 lead. Lead by 4 points.
In the second quarter, Antetokounmpo and Lillard blossomed inside and outside, not only quickly smoothing the score difference, but also established a double-digit lead at halftime, 56-46.
Changing sides and fighting again, the Knicks continued to chip away at the point difference under the leadership of Brunson, and even took the lead in one breath in the final quarter. At the critical moment, Lillard’s “watch moment” arrived, and he scored 8 points in a row from inside and outside to directly seal the victory. , helped the Bucks defeat the Knicks 110-105.
Lillard was undoubtedly the biggest contributor to the Bucks’ victory in their first mid-season tournament. Lillard was in a low-key, high-key state throughout the game. He played 36 minutes and made 7 of 15 shots and 4 of 7 three-pointers. He won the game. 30 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
At the decisive moment, Lillard scored 8 points in a row to seal the victory. First, in the last 1 minute and 08 seconds, through hand-to-hand cooperation with Antetokounmpo, he hit a super difficult and key three-pointer to help the Bucks go ahead by 1 point 104-103.
Then Lillard made an air cut into the paint, caught the ball and made a layup to score 2+1, extending the lead to 4 points and ensuring that the team would not lose in one round.
Coupled with two tactical free throws that followed, Lillard scored 8 points in a row in the last minute to ensure the Bucks won.
In contrast, Antetokounmpo’s overall performance was somewhat flawed. He made 6 of 10 shots from the field, 3 of 3 three-pointers, and scored 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 block. His plus-minus value of +13 was the highest on the team, but there were also Made 7 turnovers and made 7 of 13 free throws, including missing all 3 important free throws.
Da Luo performed the same way. He blocked 8 shots and 1 steal on the defensive end, but was in poor condition on the offensive end. He only made 4 of 15 shots and scored 13 points and 5 rebounds.
Although the Bucks won the game, they are still far behind the championship-level teams. There are at least three major hidden dangers. The first major hidden danger is the lack of stable chemical reaction between Antetokounmpo and Lillard. The second biggest hidden danger is that under the leadership of the new coach, the Bucks are scattered and basically fighting on their own.
The third major hidden danger is Middleton, the former team’s key ball executor. After experiencing injuries, the decline this season has been visible to the naked eye. In this game, he scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists on 5 of 10 shots.
In fact, his presence is very low. When the team wins, he is the only player in the Bucks’ starting lineup with a negative plus-minus (-2).
On the other hand, for the Knicks, Brunson tried his best, shooting 17 of 30 from the field and scoring 45 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Unfortunately, the team’s second leader, Randall, was in a sluggish state. He made only 5 of 20 shots and 1 of 9 three-pointers. While handing in 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, he also made a team-high 4 turnovers.
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