How good are these Milwaukee Bucks?
On a night when the Dallas Mavericks tied a franchise record with 22 3-pointers, the Bucks never even had to sweat it out in a 122-107 victory Friday night at American Airlines Center.
Other than Dallas’ behind-the-arc fortune, the Bucks were brutally efficient. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 29 points and 17 rebounds, going 13 for 19 from the field. Brook Lopez chipped in 20 points, and guards Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe added 18 points each.
Sterling Brown’s 10 points led a 31-point effort from the bench. And the Bucks did all of this while sitting all-star forward Khris Middleton for “rest.”
The Bucks shot 54.3% (51 of 94), snapping Dallas’ streak of 23 games holding opponents under 50% shooting.
Milwaukee (41-13) led by as many as 23 midway through the third period, before the Mavericks (25-29) made seven triples in the final 6:05 of the period. Dallas made nine 3-pointers in the period, yet the Bucks still held a 94-86 lead entering the fourth.
Luka Doncic’s 3-pointer and 3-point play pulled Dallas within 99-92 with 9:24 left, but that was as close as the Mavericks would get.
Bledsoe made two 3-pointers and Lopez added another in a 15-6 run, and the end result was inevitable.
Doncic led the Mavericks with 20 points, and Trey Burke added 18.
The Bucks, who scored 80 points in the paint, were even able to put two-way player Trevon Duval in for the final 53 seconds. He tallied his first NBA basket and assist.
The Bucks have won six straight and are 12-1 in their last 13 and 19-3 in their last 22 games and 23-4 in their last 27.
And not only were they without Middleton, they have yet to take the wraps off new acquisition Nikola Mirotic, added Thursday in a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.
In their six-game winning streak — five of them on the road — the Bucks have led by at least 20 in each game and won each game by double-figures.
Right now, they are just dominating.