Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bucks Get Much Needed Win

Now this is the Bucks team we have been waiting to see all season. On Tuesday night against the Knicks,  Milwaukee passed the ball well, shot the ball well, and played solid defense. They also played 48 solid minutes for the first time all season. They started off very hot in this one scoring 41 points in the first quarter. On Saturday night against the Hornets they scored 35 points total in the first half, so 41 in a quarter was really awesome to watch.

I have to admit I was scared going into this game, because the Knicks have been shooting lights out, and lately teams playing the Bucks always seem to make big three point shots. But Tuesday night the Knicks only made five three pointers. The Knicks also love to run and score on the fast break, but New York only had 13 points on the break, which was huge for the Bucks.

I really can't say enough about the offensive performance delivered by the Bucks. Coming into this game the Bucks were 30th in the league in offense. They had yet to score over 100 points in a game in regulation, but  against the Kincks the Bucks were able to score 107. As Maggette said after the game, "Thank God," because I really think this team knew they had this type of offense in them, and it was finally on display. With Delfino out of the lineup the Bucks needed others to step up, and that they did. Lets hope this can continue on in to Wednesday, when the Bucks will head to Atlanta.

Lets check out some highlights from this huge 107-80 Bucks win:

* With seven players scoring in double figures I can't just give out one Bucks POTG. Instead for this win I'm going to give it to the starting five. Scoring 41 points in the first quarter really set the tone for the rest of the game. Good stuff all around from Jennings, Salmons, Mbah a Moute, Gooden, and Bogut.

* Maggette, Boykins, and Ilyasova had good games off the bench for the Bucks. Maggette finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Boykins had 10 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Ilyasova had the best game off the bench with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and a +/- of +21. Out of the nine rebounds, four came on the offensive end.

* Milwaukee shot 51.3% from the field on Tuesday night. Most games this season the Bucks have been in the upper 30% range, so anytime they can get over 45% they should have a good chance to win. Knicks on the other hand shot 37.8%, and we all know that doesn't lead to many wins.

* The Bucks were able to hold Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire to a combined 29 points. Those were the two guys I was most worried about, but the Bucks were able to control them. Another good defensive night for for the Bucks on Tuesday.

This was a must needed win, and maybe this will give the Bucks some confidence going forward. This is the first time all season that the Bucks played four good quarters. They won't have much time to get real excited about it though because they have to head straight down to Atlanta for their next game. This will be a real fun game I think, because both these teams still have last year's playoff series in the back of their heads. They both will be fighting hard in this game. Milwaukee will try to get to one game under .500 Wednesday, and it's an early start for the Bucks as tip will be 6:00pm central time.

"Jennings came out and hit a couple of 3s and put us on our heels, and we never could get it going after that."


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