Bucks buck Grizzlies, hand them first loss of season.

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The Memphis Grizzlies (6-1) visited the Milwaukee Bucks (3-4) looking to extend their winning streak to 7 and improve on the franchise’s best start. In previous seasons the Grizz have owned the Bucks with regular consistency. On the other hand the Bucks were preparing to become the first team to hand the Grizzlies their first loss.

From the start it was clear to see that the Grizz were playing with heavy legs while the younger Bucks team played like that had been well rested despite them playing the night before also. Milwaukee got off to a early 7-0 lead which forced Memphis to call a timeout in the first few minutes. Our guys would eventually work their way back into the game and claim the lead headed to the second quarter with the 23-21 advantage.

The second quarter would prove to be a tad bit better for the Grizz as they would outscore the Bucks by 5 and take a 51-44 halftime lead.

The second half would consist of multiple lead changes and hustle plays. The Grizz would maintain a slight lead majority of the game despite another poor output from the bench. Memphis would go 31-34 from the charity stripe while Milwaukee would only shoot 8-11 from the line but still they managed to keep things within striking distance. The Bucks would grab the lead late in the 4th but Zbo would put the Grizz ahead 91-90 with 1:29 remaining.

Mike Conley would get fouled after an official replay review would be overturned giving the Grizz possession with 15.6 seconds remaining. Conley would get fouled but only connect on 1 of 2 free throws. This would prove to be costly as Brandon Knight would have an open lane to the basket on the Bucks final play. He would connect on the layup and get fouled. He calmly sank the free throw to put the Bucks ahead 93-92. Courtney Lee would give the Grizz one final shot at the W but his 3 pointer would sail wide right sending the Grizz to their first loss of the season.

This loss can be attributed to poor bench play. The Grizz were also outrebounded 43-40.  The Bucks finished with 24 assist while the Grizz only had 15. Once again the Grizz shot a poor percentage from the field finishing at 35.4% while Milwaukee shot 45.5%


Despite getting 27 points from the bench the Grizzlies are last in the NBA when in comes to bench production averaging 19.3 points per game. Meanwhile the Bucks bench is averaging 45.3 points per game.

Look Ahead:

The Grizz will try to claw back on track when the Lakers come to town on Tuesday Nov. 11 2014.

Aimee Stiegemeyer
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