A record for 3s and five more wild stats from the Bucks’ beatdown of the Heat
With their 144-97 win on Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t just beat the Miami Heat on Tuesday night, they showered them with an unprecedented flurry of 3-point shots, setting the NBA record with 29 long baskets made in their 51 attempts. They tied the old record of 27 with just under 8 minutes to go, setting up Sam Merrill to make the record-breaking shot with 6:07 left in the fourth quarter.
There had been 108 previous instances in NBA history of a team attempting 50 or more 3s in a regular-season game. The Bucks were the first team to attempt 50 3s and shoot 50% or better on those attempts. With an assist from ESPN Stats & Information, what were the most interesting numbers to take away from this exposition of long-distance shooting?
• 12: In addition to setting a record for the most three made, the Bucks also set a record with the most different players making a three-pointer with 12, breaking the old record of 11, the Elias Sports Bureau reports. The Bucks were led by Jrue Holiday’s six baskets on 10 shots from three-point distance, followed by Donte DiVincenzo going 5-of-6 from distance.
• 9: Amid all of those buckets made by so many Bucks, perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Giannis Antetokounmpo winding up with just 9 points on the night, albeit playing just 24 minutes. He was the lone Milwaukee player on the night to not score a 3-pointer, though he attempted two. The last time Giannis scored under double digits? Dec. 22, 2018 — which was also against the Heat (a 94-87 loss in Miami).
• 1: Giannis might not have scored a three, but his brother Thanasis scored his first-ever three-pointer, having previously shot 0-11 from that distance over his entire NBA career before Tuesday night’s trey.
• 30 or bust? Bryn Forbes hit the 29th and last three-pointer with 3:30 left to go, so it wasn’t like the clock ran out on Milwaukee’s rain of threes. But Forbes’ bucket was also Milwaukee’s last attempt of the night.
• 47: Elias also notes that the Bucks’ 47-point win over the Heat tied for the third-largest ever over a defending conference champion:
Largest Win vs Defending Conference Champion
Dec. 1986 SuperSonics def. Rockets +56
Nov. 2019 Mavericks def. Warriors +48
Dec. 2020 Bucks def. Heat +47
Dec. 2003 Grizzlies def. Nets +47
April 1999 Magic def. Bulls +47
It also tied for the second-largest defeat in Heat history, with their 47-point loss to the Lakers in November, 1988, trailing only a 68-point loss to the Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991. Those 144 Bucks points were also the second-most allowed by the Miami franchise in its existence, trailing only the 148 that Cleveland scored in that 1991 game. And it was the largest
So what did the Heat do with all of that bad news on the court and the record book? The only thing they could:
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