Giannis: Not taking Bucks’ 8-0 start for granted
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Milwaukee Bucks improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history Friday night, continuing their red-hot start to the season with a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Bucks are the NBA’s last unbeaten team and became the first team to start the season 8-0 since 2015-16 when the Golden State Warriors began the year 24-0 en route to an NBA record 73 regular-season wins.
“Great to be a part of it,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo said after Friday’s win. “You cannot take it for granted. It’s a great privilege to be part of this team and to be able to start the season with a record 8-0. I am happy that we are building good habits. “
Milwaukee entered the season with aspirations of winning its second championship in three years, bringing back nearly its entire roster from last season for another shot at the title; rookie MarJon Beauchamp was the Bucks’ only active player Friday not on last year’s team.
Even though the team has larger goals in mind this season, it was still able to appreciate pulling off a feat no Bucks team has done in 56 seasons.
“Yeah, starting off with that confidence and feeling like you’re building the right habits, playing the right way, winning in different ways, if it’s blowouts or close games or fighting back,” Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said. It feels great to be 8-0. “
“We’re just playing our style of basketball,” Bucks forward Bobby Portis said. “Don’t worry about the outside noise or what others are doing, but instead, focus on what we have going on. Hold each other accountable, and strive to be the best team possible every night. The Bucks won their latest game with strong ball movement and opportunities behind the 3-point line. Milwaukee shot 44.7% from 3-point range and made a season-high 17 3’s, all of which were assisted.
Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists Friday, snapping his streak of six straight 30-point games but recording the 30th triple double of his career. Holiday scored 29 points with eight rebounds and six assists, his fourth straight game with at least 25 points.
Together, Antetokounmpo and Holiday scored or assisted on 87 of the Bucks’ 115 points.
“Passing a ball creates a lot energy,” Antetokounmpo stated. “We were able move the ball, everyone was touching it, everybody drove and kicked it, everybody was getting open shots, all eyes. It was great fun. It was contagious. “
The Bucks host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night in Milwaukee on a back-to-back in the latest test for their undefeated record.
“8 0 is great, but I’m just as proud of the team’s performance,” Antetokounmpo stated. “How we defend together and how we move the ball. How we are able to take open shots. How we are being selfless and building good habits. Hopefully those habits can carry over to the next game [Saturday] and to the 74 games we have left plus playoffs. “
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