Sunday, March 14, 2010

Bucks Hold off Pacers

The Bucks may have lost an hour of sleep Saturday night into Sunday morning, but that didn't stop them from continuing to play sharp. The Bucks continued with their winning streak (now at six games) with a 98-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers. This game was not on TV as I talked about on my last post, so this might be a shorter read. The Pacers have just been god awful all season, and that was no different Sunday for the most part, so we don't really need to spend too much time on them anyway.

The Bucks controlled the game for the first three quarters, outscoring the Pacers in each frame. Milwaukee had a 14 point lead going into the fourth quarter, so I decided to be nice and make tacos for all my roommates. Since the game wasn't on TV the only source I had for updates was Bear, who spends more than a little time hawking Stattracker. He informed me just as I was finishing making the food that the Bucks had benched everyone for the fourth, but only had a four point lead. I was getting a little worried, because if they blew this game it may have hurt their confidence.

With a minute left the Bucks had a four point lead on the Pacers. Solomon Jones, who the fuck is this guy, made a jumper to bring the Pacers within two points. With 36 seconds left the Pacers were in good position because they knew they were going to get one more chance. Well they held the Bucks, as Bogut missed a hook shot with 16 seconds left. Granger missed an eight foot jumper with 2 seconds left, and Salmons got the rebound. John made both free throws to seal the deal for the Bucks. Maybe this wasn't the best win ever, but a win is a win so we will take it.

Lets take a look at some highlights from the 98-94 Bucks win.

* Jerry Stackhouse was huge off the bench for the Bucks Sunday. He finished with 20 points, and 12 of those points came from downtown. Stackhouse didn't really put up rebounds or assists, but always nice to see a guy come off the bench and score. Also since it is Selection Sunday and my team the Tar Heels will miss out on the big dance this year I have to give the Bucks POTG to a former Tar Heel.

* Andrew Bogut did his thing again Sunday at the BC. The Aussie finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Seems to me I have seen those stats before. Oh yeah these have been the type of games he has been having of late.

* Brandon Jennings wasn't needed on the scoring part of the stat sheet, but he did other things. he finished with 8 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds. Just a solid game for the young money superstar.

* Points in the paint belonged to the Bucks. Milwaukee out scored Indiana 40-20 in the paint Sunday. Easy Buckets lead to easy wins.

* Danny Granger did what Granger does on Sunday again for the Pacers. He finished with 29 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. He was also 11-11 from the free throw line Sunday. That will earn him the Hunter of the Day award.

Six straight wins for the Bucks as they keep adding on to their lead in the 5th spot. They now have a few days off till they head West to start a road trip out there. These never seem to go well for the Bucks, but maybe being as hot as they are right now that might change. They start the road trip Wednesday against the Clippers, who are just awful right now. The Bucks should be able to improve the streak to seven. Click the link below to check out the rest of the box scores.


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