Bucks’ defense finds magic number in the century mark

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has recorded a block in 17 consecutive games.
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The Milwaukee Bucks seem to have found their stride on defense.

It may have taken until March for the defense to click, but Milwaukee has held high-scoring teams like the Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves to under 100 points in its six game winning streak.

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In fact, 100 is becoming the Bucks’ magic number — the team has won 13 straight games when allowing less than 100 points. A 97-96 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 5 marks the last time Milwaukee lost when keeping its opponent under the century mark.

Milwaukee’s 13 game win streak when giving up less than 100 points is only bested by the high-flying Houston Rockets (19 game streak) and Washington Wizards (15), which doesn’t come as a surprise. If Rockets guard James Harden holds any team under 100 points, he might just outscore them himself.

The Memphis Grizzlies — who host Milwaukee on Monday night — have allowed a league-worst field-goal percentage of .498 since the All-Star Break.

OTHER NOTES

— Milwaukee is second in the NBA in dunks per game (5.8), while Memphis ranks dead last (2.3)

— Bucks guard Tony Snell  has the NBA’s sixth highest 3-point percentage (.457) since the All-Star Break, sinking 21 of 46 shots from downtown.

— Bench double-doubles: Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph and the Bucks’ Greg Monroe both rank in the NBA’s top five in double-doubles off the bench, with 17 and 12, respectively.

— Giannis Antetokounmpo has recorded a block in 17 straight games, a streak that began Feb. 3.

Statistics courtesy STATS