Milwaukee blew a 20-point second-half lead and lost 114-110 to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
The Bucks had no answer for Dennis Schroder, who scored a career-high 33 points, and helped the Hawks shoot 62 percent in the third quarter to turn the tide, including a 13-3 run to start the half. After trailing for much of the night, Atlanta took the lead with 3:15 left in the game courtesy of a jumper from Kyle Korver.
Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker answered back with a 3-pointer to give the Bucks the lead back, but Schroder scored at the other end and the Hawks led the rest of the way.
“He’s a good player,” Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova said of Schroder. “We let him reject too many screens and then he was knocking down his 3-point shot as well. He’s a good player but we have to do a better job as well.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited much of the night due to foul trouble, playing just 24 minutes and finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. Parker led the way with 27 points.
“He’s got to go through it,” coach Jason Kidd said of Antetokounmpo playing in foul trouble. “Everyone in that locker room has to go through it and learn how to play with fouls, and understand it’s about wins and not about stats. Once we get to that level, we’ll be pretty good.”
The loss dropped Milwaukee to 11-10 on the year. They’ll travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Wizards Saturday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks continued their spending spree on role players on Monday, re-signing restricted free agent center Miles Plumlee.
The deal, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, is worth $52 million over four years.
Plumlee averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games, including 14 starts, last season, his second in Milwaukee since being traded from Phoenix. The former Duke product will turn 28 in September.
Earlier this offseason, the Bucks gave guard Matthew Dellavedova a 4-year, $38 million contract in a sign-and-trade deal with Cleveland, while forward Mirza Teletovic signed as a free agent for $30 million over three years.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | Now it’s official. A member of a world champion is becoming a Milwaukee Buck. On Thursday, the Bucks completed a sign-and-trade deal to bring Matthew Dellavedova from Cleveland. Milwaukee sends the Cavs the draft rights for Albert Miralles. The Bucks acquired the draft rights to Miralles from Boston on Dec. 9, 2011, in exchange for Keyon Dooling and a conditional 2012 second round pick. Miralles currently plays for FIATC Joventut in the Spanish League.
Terms of the Dellavedova contract were not disclosed in accordance with team policy, although NBA.com’s David Aldridge reported the deal is four years for $38.4 million.
Dellavedova was part of the Cavaliers’ 2015-16 NBA championship team. In 2015-16 his three-point shooting percentage (41%) ranked 11th in the NBA, while his 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 10th. In 62 games off the bench, Dellavedova averaged 4.1 assists per game which was the fourth-most in the NBA among reserve players. He had one or less turnovers in 40 games last season.
Dellavedova appeared in all 40 of the Cavaliers playoff games over the last two seasons. In 2015, Dellavedova made seven starts during the playoffs and averaged 7.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds over the course of 20 games. He once again appeared in all 20 playoff games for the Cavs in 2016, averaging 3.9 points in 12.1 minutes per game en route to an NBA Championship.
Originally from Australia, Dellavedova played for Saint Marys (CA) College before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin | The Milwaukee Bucks continue to light up the NBA free agency wire! The Bucks have reportedly prepared a 4-year, $38.4 million offer sheet for Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova. The 25-year old Australian averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 assists in 24.6 minutes per game last season. He won an NBA title with the Cavs, who are unlikely to match the Bucks offer.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe was first to report the Bucks offer for Dellavedova.
Dellavedova became popular with Cavs fans for his toughness and hustle but saw his minutes diminish in the NBA Finals.