Bucks Pull Out an OT Win Over Cavs 113-112

Milwaukee Bucks 113 Final

Recap | Box Score

112 Cleveland Cavaliers
Carlos Delfino, SF 33 MIN | 2-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +5

One of these days we’re going to see a whole bunch of games in a row where Delfino knocks down a whole bunch of threes.

Or maybe we won’t.

Drew Gooden, PF 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -9

Kudos to Gooden for taking the game winning charge. No kudos for being crazy. Also, the defense is a complete mess now and it’s mostly because he has no conviction behind his moves. He hedges. Weakly. Which has the fantastic effect of leaving his point guard high and dry and simultaneously leaving his man open.

Brandon Jennings, PG 43 MIN | 8-23 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 24 PTS | -3

Good news: he’s being aggressive again. Bad news: He shot like he did last year. It has become exhausting just to think about him.

It’s become more and more apparent that Jennings isn’t that good of a defender. Ramon Sessions was slashing to the paint like a mad man. And so has every other point guard Jennings has faced since Bogut has left. He can’t take the chances he takes on defense anymore. A more conservative defense from him would help the Bucks.

Jon Brockman, F 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +2

Still exists.

Jon Leuer, F 6 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -4

Still exists.

Two Things We Saw

  1. Bucks can’t get a shot off again to end the game. This play was actually much better. Everyone should be much more confident in a crunch time play dependent on Shaun Livingston’s vision and decision making than a weave at the top of the key that’s going to end up in Stephen Jackson’s hands.
  2. Jeremy’s Note: Ultimately, this is two road wins for the Bucks. Those haven’t come easy over the past few seasons. If they are going to make the playoffs and hold off the Knicks and Jeremy Lin, they’ll need to capitalize on opportunities they way they did against Toronto and Cleveland.

    The point differential isn’t all that impressive, and that doesn’t bode well for the future, but for the present, wins are wins.

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