Giannis Antetokounmpo not taking Bucks’ 8-0 begin without any consideration

MINNEAPOLIS — The Milwaukee Bucks improved to 8-0 for the primary time in franchise historical past Friday night time, persevering with their red-hot begin to the season with a 115-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Bucks are the NBA’s final unbeaten workforce and have become the primary workforce to begin the season 8-0 since 2015-16 when the Golden State Warriors started the 12 months 24-0 en path to an NBA document 73 regular-season wins.

“Great to be a part of it,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo stated after Friday’s win. “You can never take it for granted. I’m very, very happy to be a part of it and being able to have a team that we’re able to start the season 8-0. But at the end of the day I’m happy that we are building good habits.”

Milwaukee entered the season with aspirations of profitable its second championship in three years, bringing again practically its whole roster from final season for one more shot on the title; rookie MarJon Beauchamp was the Bucks’ solely energetic participant Friday not on final 12 months’s workforce.

Although the workforce has bigger targets in thoughts this season, it was nonetheless capable of respect pulling off a feat no Bucks workforce has finished 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 Vacation stated. “It feels good to be 8-0.”

“We’re just playing our style of basketball,” Bucks ahead Bobby Portis stated. “Not really worried about the outside noise and not really worried about what nobody else got going on, worry about what we have going on, holding each other accountable and try to be the best team we can be on a nightly basis.”

The Bucks picked up their newest win with a mix of sturdy ball motion to generate alternatives behind the 3-point line. Milwaukee shot 44.7% from 3-point vary and made a season-high 17 3’s, all of which have been assisted.

Antetokounmpo had 26 factors, 14 rebounds and 11 assists Friday, snapping his streak of six straight 30-point video games however recording the thirtieth triple double of his profession. Vacation scored 29 factors with eight rebounds and 6 assists, his fourth straight recreation with not less than 25 factors.

Collectively, Antetokounmpo and Vacation scored or assisted on 87 of the Bucks’ 115 factors.

“Passing the ball creates a lot of energy,” Antetokounmpo stated. “We were able to move the ball — everybody was touching it, everybody was driving and kicking it, everybody was getting open shots, open looks. And it was fun. Guys were making shots and it was just contagious.”

The Bucks host the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Saturday night time in Milwaukee on a back-to-back within the newest check for his or her undefeated document.

“8-0 is great, but I’m just proud of how the team is playing,” Antetokounmpo stated. “How we’re defending together and how we’re moving the ball. How we’re getting open shots. How we’re being unselfish and how we’re building good habits. Hopefully those habits can carry over to the next game [Saturday] and to the 74 games we have left plus playoffs.”