On Sunday, the Milwaukee Bucks endured their worst three-point effort in just over a year.
On Tuesday, they set the NBA record for 3s in a video game.
The Bucks made a record 29 three-pointers in their 144-97 romp past the reigning Eastern Conference champs Miami Heat on Tuesday night. They shot 29 for 51 from deep, 2 nights after going seven for 38 in a loss to New York.
” Some nights, the basketball gods are with you a bit,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated. “It’s probably one of those nights.”
Milwaukee utilized 13 players and 12 made at least one three-pointer– the only exception being two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Khris Middleton had 4 3s and scored 25 points, Jrue Holiday made six 3s in his 24- point night and Donte DiVincenzo was 5-for-6 from deep to complete with 17 points.
Antetokounmpo had just 9 points. But his brother, Thanasis Antetokounmpo– who was 0 for 11 from three-point range in his career entering the night– got into the act and made one from deep.
” I understood we were shooting well,” said Bucks center Brook Lopez, who made 3 3s. “I didn’t understand we were anything close to that.”
The record-breaker was made by Sam Merrill, who got the 28 th three-pointer with 6: 07 staying, offering the Bucks a 131-86 lead.
The previous record for threes in a game was 27, set by the Houston Firecrackers against the Phoenix Suns on 7 April2019 Milwaukee’s previous most was 22, against Sacramento on 4 November2018 The most previously allowed in a video game by Miami was 24, on 5 February against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Milwaukee was up 10 -0 after 78 seconds, 21 -3 after about four minutes, and the tone was embeded in the first meeting in between the groups since last season’s playoffs, when the Heat eliminated the Bucks in five games.
” It looked like they have actually been considering this video game for 80 days,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stated.
Milwaukee led 46-26 after one quarter, 83-51 at the half.
Tyler Herro scored 23 points for the Heat. Miami’s Jimmy Butler missed the game with a sprained right ankle; it’s unknown if he’ll play Wednesday when the Heat and Bucks reunite.
” Tomorrow, we’re going to need to bring out a lot more energy or we’re going to get embarrassed again,” Herro stated.
It was the most significant road win in Bucks history, topping the 39- point margin at New York on 10 April1987 The 47- point margin matched the second-worst loss in Heat history; they lost 138-91 to Pat Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers in the 8th game of Miami’s very first season.