The record for the best start, set by Golden State in 2015-2016 with 24 straight wins, a prelude to the best regular season in history (73 v.-9 d.), was not yet in danger, far from the. And it’s not yet this season that a team will come close. Last undefeated after almost three weeks of competition, Milwaukee conceded its first defeat Monday on the floor of one of the most dangerous outsiders in the Eastern Conference, Atlanta (117-98).
The Bucks raced in the lead during the first two quarters before being overwhelmed in the heart of the third on a 10-0 (64-60, 27th) inflicted by the Hawks, who quickly took off (76- 67, 31st). They were up to 25 points ahead in the last period (111-86, 43rd) on an award-winning basket from Dejounte Murray (25 points, 11 assists). The former Spur has been a solid leader in the absence of Trae Young, laid to rest, with rookie AJ Griffin (24 points) as a one-night lieutenant.
Held at 25 points, his “smallest” total points since the first game of the season, the Great Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn’t prevent this backhand in the first trick of a mini road trip (three away games in a row) which also marked the reunion of the three Holiday brothers (Jrue on the Bucks side, Aaron and Justin on the Hawks side). The revenge will come quickly since Milwaukee’s next home game will be the reception of Atlanta in a week.