A huge and energetic effort at the defensive end has helped the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 56-42 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks at halftime.
Oklahoma City prevented Giannis Antetokoumpo from scoring a field goal. Seeing a flurry of defenders, the Bucks superstar is 0 for 6 with three turnovers. He has made 3 of 6 free throws.
As a team, the Bucks are shooting 34.9% (15 for 43), with only Brook Lopez (4 for 5, all threes) and Khris Middleton (4 for 6) shooting better than 50%. Other than Lopez, the Bucks are just 2 for 14 on 3-pointers.
Paul George is having no such troubles making shots. He’s 5 of 9 on 3-pointers and 7 for 13 for 21 points. Terrance Ferguson has 10 for the Thunder.
The Bucks started the game with an 8-0 run as Lopez and Middleton swished 3-pointers. Since then, the Thunder has dominated. Nerlens Noel had six points, four rebounds and two blocked shots in 10 minutes off the bench.