Bucks shine in opening night with win
The Milwaukee Bucks earned a huge win on opening night with a 127-104 win against the Brooklyn Nets to begin the 2021-22 season. The champs also got their rings to begin with and they kept the good vibes going with a huge win against one of their toughest rivals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the Bucks did not let the hype distract them from the task at hand. The team cruised past the Nets with a 127-104 win to open their title defence run and this is a strong start for the champs.
The Finals MVP played in his first game for the Bucks ever since he nailed 50 points to help the team win Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Giannis had 32 points, 14 boards, and seven dimes to lead the way for the team’s win.
Coach Mike Budenholzer says they had to shake off the vibes of being the champs just to focus on this game. The Bucks came off their first title win in 50 years and now they want to add more to that tally.
‘If you've watched the NBA for a long time, this is not an easy night for the team that's set to receive their rings and have the banner’, the Bucks coach said. ‘I'm very pleased. We've been talking about the focus in training camp, the focus in practice. The guys have been good’.
Jrue Holiday scored 12 points but had to sit out the second half due to a bruised right heel. The Bucks relied on Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton to score 20 points each.
The Bucks went for an early 21-4 run in the first and made it 31-12 after 12 minutes of action. The team led by as many as 19 before halftime ended at 66-59. The lead never dropped below seven for the rest of the game.
The champs cruised with a strong run all the way to the finish. The Nets did not have a chance to get a big lead in the second half and it was the Bucks who had their way going to close out their first win of the 2021-22 season.
Kevin Durant dropped 32 points and 11 boards for the Nets. Patty Mills had 21 and shot a perfect 7 for 7 from deep. James Harden chipped in 20 points, but it was not enough to supplant the absence of Kyrie Irving.
They were not good enough. The Nets knew they missed a lot of chances to take the lead and that cost them in the long run. They were climbing uphill all game, and coach Steve Nash knew that well.
‘We weren't very good’, the Nets head coach said. ‘If you're not playing at a high level against the champs, you're not going to win’.
The Bucks look to put all of their focus into getting one more title, and this is a good start for the team.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores