Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bucks Plow Through Raptors

The temperature outside might have been cold, but inside the Bradley Center the Bucks were hot. The Bucks put up a whopping 117 points Wednesday night, while shooting 52.5%. Seven guys scored in double figures for the Bucks, and everyone that played had a positive plus/minus. Nothing really went wrong for the Bucks on Wednesday, which was evident as they got to the free throw line 28 times making 24 of them.

While the Bucks did finish with a large victory, the game was back and fourth for most of the first quarter. The Raptors made a three with just under two minutes to go to put Toronto up 20-18. That's when Jennings decided to take the final over the final 1:45 of the quarter. He scored the Bucks final 11 points to give them a 29-22 lead after one. The Bucks never really looked back as they just continued to go to work on the Raptors.

The crowd was thin at the Bradley Center because of the weather but Squad 6 was out in full force to give the Bucks a hand. They really needed this game bad, as they had lost eight of the ten. They ended their four game slide with this win, scoring 100 points in a game for only the second time in the last ten games. I am not going to say that this is a turning point in the Bucks season, but it was a nice win to get. They played as a team with everyone throwing in some scoring. This team has no one that can just take over a game at any point in time but if they can put up stats like this they will at least be in the game till the end like they were Tuesday night in Boston.

Lets check out some individual highlights from 117-95 victory.

* BJ3 set the tone early for the Bucks with his 11-2 run to end the first quarter. He finished the game with 22 points, 6 asts, 2 rebs, 2 stls, 2 blks, and only 1 turnover. That is an awesome stat line. He doesn't need to do the 30, 40, or 50 point games for us to win. He just needs to take care of the ball and maybe throw in a little scoring run if the team looks lost. Jennings earned the Bucks POTG for his great stat line.

* This was a big game for Roko Ukic as he played against his former team. Boy do the Raptors wish they could have him back. Ukic got to the rack, and also made shots from the outside. He finished the game with 17 points, 4 asts, and a plus/minus of +20. If anyone noticed Charlie Bell didn't play tonight and thats why Ukic got to play. Hey Bell, take your time lets give this guy a chance.

* Bucks won all the categories including rebounds (38-34), assists (24-17), steals (6-5), blocks (5-2), and turnovers (9-13). Keep up the good work guys.

* As I said before seven guys scored in double figures for the Bucks. We had Jennings with 22, Ersan had 17, Ukic scored 17, Mbah a Moute chipped in 16, Ridnour added 15, Delfino knocked down 14, and Bogut rounded them out with 12. Wouldn't mind seeing this a few more times this year.

* Chris Bosh did what he does every night again Wednesday. He finished with 26 pts, and 10 rebs, which is a standard stat line for Bosh. He usually has a bigger game against the Bucks, but we decided to hold him to a normal Bosh game for once. Still, even a normal Bosh game earns him the Hunter of the Night as he really was the only bright spot for the Raptors tonight.

After playing two games in two days the Bucks will happily get a few days off. They don't play again till Saturday when they will welcome the Blazers in to the BC. The Blazers will be without Greg Oden who fractured his left patella which will be a plus for the Bucks. Portland still has Roy, Blake, Miller, Aldridge, and Webster though, so this will be no easy task for Milwaukee, but it should be a good game. Lets see if the Bucks can maybe get hot again to start a winning streak.

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