Bucks set multiple records in 47-point blowout of Thunder
Friday’s matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Oklahoma City Thunder was an old fashioned beat down. Despite pitting two likely playoff teams against each other, the Bucks’ 133-86 victory allowed them to set multiple NBA records in the process.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Bucks are now the ninth team in NBA history to record three 40-point victories in a season. Three games also ties the record for the most such games in a season in league history.
The Bucks beat the Thunder BY 47 POINTS tonight:
3rd win this season by 40+ pts (tied for most in NBA history)
9th team in NBA history to record 3 40-pt victories in a season
Currently, their pt differential is at +12.8, which would be the highest in a season in NBA history pic.twitter.com/e1lPf5h4om
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 29, 2020
Lastly, Milwaukee now has an impressive point differential of 12.8, which would pass the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (12.28) for the best point differential in league history.
The Bucks’ other 40-point victories came back-to-back first on November 30 when Milwaukee defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 137-96. It was followed on December 2 when Milwaukee embarrassed the New York Knicks, 132-88.
As for Friday’s game, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in only 27 minutes while Chris Paul led OKC with 18 points and five assists.
Overall, it was a balanced effort for the Bucks as 13 players scored for the team and five players scored in double digits. The win moved Milwaukee to a league-best 51-8 on the season.
Prior to Friday’s blowout, the Bucks ranked first in the NBA with 119.8 points per game while ranking eighth in points allowed with 107.6. Moreover, while Milwaukee ranks eighth in points allowed, the NBA’s top team is first in defensive rating.