MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks checked off one more regular-season accomplishment on Sunday night in Fiserv Forum: beating the Atlanta Hawks 115-107 and securing their 60th win of the season. As the clock wound down and the Bucks’ dribbled out the clock, Bucks fans chanted “Sixty!” at the top of their lungs.
With just one or two games remaining on most schedules, no other team will be able to reach the 60-win mark this season. Still, there were no champagne showers or cake-cutting ceremonies to commemorate the moment after the game, despite the club reaching the mark for the first time since 1981.
“We have bigger goals ahead of us,” said coach Mike Budenholzer. “But it’s important for the group to enjoy it and celebrate it. Not a lot of people get to participate on a team that can win 60 in a season. It’s down our list of priorities, but it’s certainly something to be enjoyed.”
Enjoying the 60-win mark is something new for Budenholzer, who said he took very little time to celebrate after leading the Hawks to the mark in 2014-15. Budenholzer now joins Pat Riley, cheap nba jerseys china
Phil Jackson, K.C. Jones, Mike D’Antoni, Don Nelson and Rick Adelman to win 60 games with multiple franchises.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 30 points and nine rebounds, said that he won’t be doing anything to mark the occasion. Ultimately, he hopes to accomplish more, but he did take a minute during his postgame comments to reflect on how far the team has come since his rookie season, when the Bucks won only 15 games.
“Now, we have four times that amount,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s big. Our goal coming into the season was to get 60 wins.”
He continued: “I think you enjoy it in the summer, when you look back. You enjoy it a little bit right now, but if you enjoy a moment for too long, I think you lose track of what is important.”