Monday, March 29, 2010

Bucks Get Back on Track

It's good to see a smile back on the faces of the Bucks. After a few just awful games, Milwaukee dug deep to make a late run in the fourth to comeback Sunday against the Grizzles. Memphis would tie the game with 2.1 seconds to go, but then Salmons couldn't make a jumper to end it. In overtime it was all Bucks which showed that they still got fight left in them, and they are not wearing down after all those wins. Also Carlos Delfino was not in the starting line up, so a Milwaukee win with Bell starting is awesome.

Andrew Bogut who missed Friday's game with some back problems come out hot on Sunday. He scored 10 points in the first quarter to help the Bucks take a one point lead into the second quarter. Getting Bogut to work down low early in games always sets the tone for the Bucks. In the start of the second quarter the five on the court were Ridnour, Bell, Stackhouse, Thomas, and Gadzuric. During their four minutes of play they scored seven points, and Stackhouse and Thomas were the only ones to score. That's when the starters came back into the game they got the scoring back up, and the Bucks built a two point lead at half.

In the third quarter the Grizzlies caught fire to put up 29 points on the Bucks. In the final 2:24 of the third quarter the Grizzlies went on an 11-0 run to earn a three point lead after three. In the final 1:04 of the quarter Zach Randolph went on a 7-0 run of his own. Memphis built a lead of seven with 6:41 to go left in the game. This was were we were going to figure out if this Bucks team still had it, or if they were going to lose three straight games. Then Jennings scored six of the next Bucks ten points to cut the Grizzlies lead to one. After Jennings gave the Bucks a two point lead Conley made two free throws to tie it. Salmons missed so overtime was needed.

In overtime the Bucks would win the free throw battle to carry them over the Grizzlies. In the final 45 seconds of the game the Bucks were 7-8 from the free throw line. The only miss was Bogut, but they were up by five with four seconds to go so it was no big deal. Good to see the Bucks get a win they really needed to get at home.

Lets check out some highlights from this 108-103 overtime Bucks win.

* Brandon Jennings had an all around great game Sunday. He finished with 29 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. He was doing it at all ends of the court Sunday to get the Bucks back in the winning circle. This will get Jennings the Bucks POTG.

* John Salmons got back in the scoring mood Sunday. He finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Just another solid game from John Sunday which is not anything new, but always gives us a better chance to win when he scores 20 plus points.


* Andrew Bogut got back on the double double train Sunday. He finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Always nice to have the big guy in the line up, because he is so good on both the offensive and defensive side of the game.

* Off the bench Ridnour played well too, as Skiles went back to the Jennings/Ridnour combo playing together. He had got away from this, but with Delfino out they needed another scorer on the court. Bell just is not shooting good at all right now. Ridnour finished with 14 points, and 7 assists.

* Bucks forced 22 Memphis turnovers, which is awesome, but they did have 18 of their own. So good to see the defense, but we need to keep the turnovers lower against better teams.

* Zach Randolph is a stud, and he continued to play well again Sunday. He finished with 31 points, 15 rebounds, and one steal. The guy can flat out score, and also rebounds. If you hold him to less then a 25 and 10 game you did well. We didn't, but we did get the win so that is all that counts. Randolph will earn the Hunter of the Day award for Sunday.

Overall, it was a huge win for the Bucks as they got one more home game before they hit the road again. Tuesday the Bucks will host the L.A. Clippers, a team coming off a butt kicking Sunday from Golden State. This is another game the Bucks should win, but we will have to see what Bucks team shows up. I hope Delfino will be back or else they may wait one more game for when they hit the road. Wednesday they will play the Cavs in Cleveland.

The Bucks have a one game lead over the Heat for the 5th playoff spot in the East. This was also the 40th win for the Bucks this yeah a number that they haven't reached since 2005-06 season when they won 40 games on the head. For the rest of the box scores from Sunday's game click the link below.

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