Middleton Scores a Triple-Double to Lead Buck to Victory

Middleton Scores a Triple-Double to Lead Buck to Victory

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Basketball

March 25th, 2024

The Milwaukee Bucks showed their true potential with a dominant 118-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a monster performance with 30 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, but the night belonged to Khris Middleton who notched his second career triple-double.

Middleton's Milestone

Middleton finished the game with a triple-double stat line of 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. This marked his first triple-double since January 20, 2018, and it came at a crucial time for the Bucks.

Middleton Triple-Double
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"With a full team out there, we realize what we can do as a team," Middleton said. "We have so many guys, so many weapons that can carry us, or guys that can make a play or just attract a crowd."

Healthy Bucks a Force to Be Reckoned With

This game marked the first time since early February that the Bucks had their preferred starting lineup of Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Malik Beasley healthy and on the court. The return of these key players was evident in the Bucks' dominant performance.

 

"I just feel this appreciation feeling of having everybody healthy and available to play," Antetokounmpo said. "Because when we're not healthy, I think sometimes we play well, sometimes we don't, sometimes we create this excuse in our mind that like, 'OK, when he gets back, we're going to be better.' But now we're all here. There's no more excuses."

Thunder Struggle Offensively

The Oklahoma City Thunder, currently battling for the Western Conference lead, had their worst offensive showing of the season. They were held to just 93 points and shot a lowly 37.1% from the field. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder's leading scorer, was held to just 12 points, his lowest output since January 16th.

Middleton Triple-Double
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Bucks Depth on Display

The Bucks' victory wasn't just a two-man show from Antetokounmpo and Middleton. Seven Bucks players scored in double figures, showcasing the team's depth and offensive firepower. Bobby Portis had 15 points, Brook Lopez added 14, and Damian Lillard chipped in with 11 points.

"Just having everybody together just makes the game easier for everybody," Antetokounmpo said. "We don't have to force anything. We just keep on playing good basketball, keep on moving the ball. There's going to be some nights that it's going to be my night. There's going to be some nights that it's going to be Khris' night. There's going to be some nights that it's going to be Dame's night. But we don't have to force anything. Everybody out there is a threat. I think our bench is unbelievable, and they keep on getting better."

With a healthy roster and a well-rounded performance, the Bucks have sent a message to the rest of the league that they are a force to be reckoned with.

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