Jennings steps up, leads Bucks past Sixers
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 42 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 18 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +7Reliable Ersan. Struggled from the floor. surged on the glass. He seems good for at least one big rebounding quarters every game and tonight’s was the third. Nine rebounds in the third alone helped him to 18 on the night, yet another big board effort for Milwaukee’s fast rising power forward.|
|Drew Gooden, PF 36 MIN | 9-21 FG | 7-8 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | +9With Jennings taking on a heavy scoring load and Milwaukee’s defense accentuating Philadelphia’s offensive weaknesses, the Bucks didn’t need a second huge scoring effort. They just needed someone to prove reliable in work with Jennings. Gooden was up to the task. He regularly connected on pick and pops with Jennings once the point guard got going and forced the defense to react to him.|
|Carlos Delfino, SF 21 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | 0Not sure what has happened to Delfino. He’s shooting worse than 25% from the field over his past five games and an even worse sub-20% from three. Milwaukee could certainly use production out of him so long as Stephen Jackson isn’t playing and Tobias Harris isn’t really ready.|
|Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 11-23 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 33 PTS | +5Damn fine game. Damn fine. 19 points in the first quarter set the tone for what could have been a special night. Reality and rest caught up to Jennings and he only mustered 14 points the rest of the way, but that’s still a great night when you add in his seven assists and general play. Defensively, he had some problems with Jrue Holiday early, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. If anything, he was putting a little too much effort in, being a little too aggressive. It hurt the team early, but it was just a flesh wound. They recovered — he helped make sure.|
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -5As he often does, he found a way to fit in. I’ll be honest, seeing him on Andre Iguodala in the fourth quarter was a terrifying site. But it didn’t get the Bucks killed. Credit Dunleavy for handling himself admirably against a player who, athletically, is playing on a different difficulty level than him.|
Two Things We Saw
- Sure, Gooden played well. But his turnover with less than two minutes to play was especially dangerous. Milwaukee held just a five point lead when Gooden fired a cross court pass three rows into the stands. This is the kind of thing that happens to a guy who gets a lane violation on his own free throw. Some very Gooden moments.
- First half for the Sixers: 22-45 FG (48%). Second half: 13-49 FG (27%). Scott Skiles has been lamenting the defense as of late, but he had little reason to frown when this one finished. Brandon Jennings in particular played a much better second half, culminating on the final possession when he nearly forced a turnover on Lou Williams. Yes, he gambled and got beat seconds later, but Lou missed, so we’ll just overlook that for now.