The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 97-95 on Friday night thanks to last second heroics from forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo finished with a team high 23 points on the night. His final two came on a dunk over Russell Westbrook of the Thunder with 0.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Westbrook had tied the game at 95 with a 3-pointer on the previous possession. He finished an assist shy of a triple-double, posting a line of 40 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists.
The play was controversial as it appeared Antetokounmpo’s left foot was on the baseline as he went past Oklahoma City’s Josh Huestis before dunking as Westbrook challenged the shot. The play was not called correctly on the floor, nor was it reviewed by the officiating crew.
Milwaukee placed four players in double-figures scoring, as Khris Middleton, John Henson, and Tony Snell all scored 15 or more. Guard Eric Bledsoe had an off night and was the only player in the starting lineup to not score 20 points, he finished with eight.
The Bucks are off for the rest of 2017. They resume action on New Year’s Day north of the border against the Toronto Raptors. Tip-off is at 6:30PM.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Milwaukee Bucks dropped their second straight game Tuesday night in a 110-79 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder that saw Russell Westbrook tie an NBA record for triple doubles.
Westbrook scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and assisted on 13 shots to tie former Bucks great Oscar Robertson for an NBA-record 41 triple doubles on the season. Five other players on the Thunder roster finished with double-digit points.
”It’s one of those nights, a special night, and something I definitely will never forget,” Westbrook said. ”I’m just truly honored to do it here, especially in Oklahoma City.”
It was not a good showing for the Bucks, who were coming off a record-setting month of March where they won 14 games. Milwaukee shot just 36 percent overall Tuesday night, converting on 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) of three-point attempts. The Bucks were also out-rebounded 53-38.
Milwaukee has just four games left in the regular season and remains in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a two-game lead over eighth place Indiana. That’s where the Bucks travel to next, meeting the Pacers Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. — Speaking exclusively with The Wisconsin Sports Zone Network Sunday morning, Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin said an offer was made to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, but that it never gained much traction.
Milwaukee’s current point guard, Michael Cater-Williams, averaged 11.5 points per game in 2015, down about five points per contest (16.7) from his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers. His assist numbers were down as well, from 6.3 per game to 5.2. His ineffectiveness to combine assists with shooting in the 2015-16 campaign led to discussion MCW would be traded, only to have rumors fly that he wouldn’t be leaving Milwaukee.
The Bucks have since explored other options at point guard, namely Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, a five-time All-Star with the Thunder. At 27 years old, Westbrook led the NBA last season with 18 triple doubles. Feigin says Milwaukee discussed the possibility of bringing Westbrook in, but the discussions never turned into a contract offer.
“When [a potential trade] becomes very substantial and real, we circle up the business side, the ownership side, and the basketball side and all give it a quick, hard thought. It didn’t get to that level, so I think the Westbrook rumors were…the second [Kevin] Durant left, you were going to get Westrbook rumors.”
Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State, signing a two-year contract worth $54.3 million with a player option after the first season.
Feigin wouldn’t say what Milwaukee’s initial offer was to acquire Westbrook, but early reports suggest it may have been Jabari Parker and/or Khris Middleton.
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