Milwaukee Bucks Sets New NBA Record With Blowout Victory Over Miami Heat

Published 12/29/2020, 10:06 PM EST
Dec 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Sam Merrill (15) shoots a three pointer against the Miami Heat during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


When one thinks about a team that can shower the opposition with threes, the Milwaukee Bucks aren’t the first choice that comes to mind. But the Bucks took the Miami Heat by surprise tonight, as they broke the NBA record for most threes in a game by any team.

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Coming off a loss against the Knicks, the Bucks would have been furious with themselves. Being the best team in the East, they were not living up to the billing. So tonight they displayed their revenge mentality, not just for the Knicks loss, but also for their Conference Semifinals defeat against the Heat last season.

Brook Lopez aka Splash Mountain began proceedings when he hit the first three in the opening minute, after which an onslaught of threes followed. After Khris Middleton hit a three with less than two minutes left in the half, the Bucks broke their franchise record.

Milwaukee Bucks take down the Miami Heat in emphatic fashion

The previous record for most three’s made in a game was held by the Houston Rockets and it doesn’t come as a surprise because their game plan has always been based around outside shooting. The Rockets took 57 attempts to set the record, whereas the Bucks needed just 50 tonight.

Jrue Holiday had the most three-point attempts and makes for the Bucks, going 6-10 from the field. Sharpshooters Middleton and Donte DiVincenzo didn’t need as many attempts and were unstoppable from deep. Middleton ended with 4-5 from three, whereas DiVincenzo shot 5-6.

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The Bucks featured 13 players tonight in their deep rotation, and every single player had at least one three except for two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak had two attempts, but couldn’t convert either.

The Bucks didn’t settle down after breaking the record at 28 and finished the game with 29 three-pointers. Their number of makes was close to the number of threes attempted by the Heat, who had 37 attempts. Milwaukee’s elite long-range scoring was the main reason for their blowout 144-97 win against Miami.

Dec 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) shoots the ball over Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks will now hope to sustain this momentum and channel it into their upcoming games. They play the Heat once again, after which they host the Chicago Bulls. The Bucks are now 2-2 in the season and will be looking to take off from here.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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