Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer was left ecstatic after he saw his team surge to a phenomenal 144-97 win over the Miami Heat.
Not only were the Bucks dominant through the course of the game, they also penned a record for three-pointers scored in a game. Their 29 successful attempts from outside the arc added gloss to an otherwise commanding outing against the Heat.
The two teams met for the first time since last season’s playoffs. On that occasion, Miami Heat had sprung a surprise upset to eliminate the Bucks. While the win is perhaps not as crucial on paper, this win would seem sweet.
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With the Heat playing without Jimmy Buttler who is out due to injury, the Bucks netted 29 of 51 attempts from three-point range. They eclipsed the record of 27 set by the Houston Rockets in 2019.
Budenholzer has already lined out his intentions of competing for the championship this year. “Some nights the basketball gods are with you a little bit, and it’s probably one of those nights for us,” he gloated.
It was a quiet outing for the otherwise mercurial Giannis Antetokounmpo, who ended with nine points, six rebounds and six assists. However, his teammates exceeded all expectations.
Khris Middleton added 25 points (10 of 13 from the field) of which four were from three-point range. Jrue Holiday was another who had a fine game, contributing 24 points, including six of 10 threes. Donte DiVincenzo (17 points) and Brook Lopez (14 points) were also at the top of their games.
“I knew we were shooting well,” said Bucks center Lopez. “I didn’t know we were anything close to that.”
In their previous game, the Bucks had surprisingly been handed a 130-110 defeat by the New York Knicks.
This game also went down as the record second-largest win on the road in NBA history, behind the 1986 Seattle SuperSonics (56).
The Bucks also became the first team in NBA history to record two 35-plus point wins from their first four games of a season. They had defeated the Golden State Warriors 138-99 previously.
“Honestly, we just played hard,” Holiday said. “We know the Heat way and how they’re going to come out and play no matter who’s playing.
“So we just wanted to take that approach.”