Milwaukee Bucks open season with a 127-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets

The Milwaukee Bucks opened their season against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. After getting their rings and unveiling their championship banner, the Bucks were able to get their first win of the 2021-2022 season.
Michael McLoone | 2021 Oct 19
Photo credit Michael McLoone | 2021 Oct 19

The Milwaukee Bucks opened their season against the Brooklyn Nets at Fiserv Forum. Prior to the opening tip, the Bucks received their championship rings and unveiled the 2021 championship banner.

The opening matchup of the NBA season was a good one. The title favorite Brooklyn Nets came to Milwaukee to take on the reigning champs who were able to bounce them in the second round of the NBA Playoffs.

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The Bucks were able to build a lead early in the first quarter and never really looked back. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 32 points in the first quarter. The Nets were unable to keep Antetokounmpo off the offensive glass and it, in part, led to the 37-25 score at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Nets were able to cut into the lead a bit. After having 7 offensive rebounds in the first quarter, the Bucks were only able to manage 1 in the second quarter. Nets Head Coach Steve Nash committed more players to the defensive glass to slow down the Bucks offensive rebounding ability. The Bucks still led at half 66-59.

The Bucks came out of half leading by 7 and they increased that lead to 12 by the end of the 3rd quarter. The Bucks lost Jrue Holiday for the game after he suffered a heel contusion late in the 2nd quarter. In Holiday's absence, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton each chipped in 7 points in the 3rd quarter to keep the Bucks on track.

The Bucks finished the game strong to get their first win of the new season. Milwaukee scored 30 points in the 4th quarter. Ten of those points came from Pat Connaughton who finished the game with 20 points off the bench. The Bucks beat the Nets 127-104 to get their first win of the year.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the night with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton both chipped in 20 points, while second-year player Jordan Nwora gave a solid 15 points off the bench. Nwora's opening night performance is giving many Bucks fans hope that they got a steal in 2nd round of the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Milwaukee Bucks will head to Miami to take on the Heat on Thursday.
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