Right now the Bucks are going into April as the hottest team in the NBA after having a very solid month. They never lost consecutive games and were a very convincing 7-2 in nine road games including a victory in Boston against the first place Celtics on the back end of a back to back.
Tonight they led from start to finish in the first half as Thon Maker started out the scoring with a three pointer and they stretched the lead to 22-5 before Detroit started to gain some momentum. Strong play by former Piston, Khris Middleton, kept the Bucks in the lead as they finished the half ahead 56-48.
In the second half it was a different story as Detroit bounced back to not only catch up but take a somewhat sizeable lead. With 5:09 left in the game the Bucks trailed by ten at 91-81. Milwaukee used a team effort to draw it close but then Maker put back a miss by Giannis Antetokounmpo to tie the game up at 95-95 with .51 left and that’s how the 4th quarter ended.
Maker also scored 5 points in overtime, including a big three pointer to help the Bucks get out in front. However, it was clutch free throw shooting by the “Greek Freak” that allowed the Bucks to finally pull out the victory.
The Bucks host Dallas on Sunday before playing four out of the next five games on the road to finish out the season. They return to Boston on the twelfth for the season finale.