The pattern continues: Bucks 112 – Wizards 98
|Ersan Ilyasova, PF 35 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +16
In roughly 30 minutes per game in March, Ersan averaged 16 and nine. Looks like he’s just going to run with that as he kicks off April in similar fashion. Classic Ersan night, but minus the one three he’ll often hit. A bunch of rebounds at the hoop that he turned into buckets plus an extra cool bank shot that I didn’t see coming.
|Drew Gooden, PF 21 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +3
21 minutes was the perfect amount of time for Gooden against a Wizards team minus Nene and Trevor Booker. Great opportunity for him to get a breather after taking a pounding against the Grizz.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 35 MIN | 7-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 19 PTS | +12
Jennings scored 17 points in the third quarter by floating in one shot after the next right around and sometimes inside of the paint. The floater is a very difficult shot and for one night, Jennings had it mastered. Hopefully he can remember what he was doing with that arm and get the same kind of looks against some better teams in the coming weeks.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +17
Catch. Shoot. Score. Repeat.
|Shaun Livingston, PG 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +9
Blessed with 20+ minutes for the first time in a month thanks to foul trouble for Monta Ellis, the injured Beno Udrih and an eventual big lead, Livingston did not disappoint. He scored in the paint and defended well enough. Not an entirely difficult task, but it probably helps him to have gotten these minutes just in case he needs to step in in the coming weeks.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 21 MIN | 6-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 15 PTS | +16
For Udoh, this was an A game. Statistically, this was one of the finest games of his career. He hit the glass, he made some shots in the paint and even made some real solid decisions with the ball. Offensively, he hasn’t played better as a Bucks player. And he brought his usual effort on the defensive side. Terrific outing.
Four Things We Saw
- After a rough night against the Grizzlies, the Bucks bench outscored their Washington counterparts 44-29. Dunleavy led the charge with 17 points but the Bucks got a surprising 10 points from Livingston. Ah, to play the thin every night.
- Jennings and Ellis both had better than average games for what may have been the first time since Ellis arrived. Cool to see, even if they didn’t really share the court while they had success all that much. Ellis still couldn’t get as many to fall on drives as I’m sure he’d like. Something to keep watching for sure.
- Knicks were inactive tonight (not like the Wizards, I mean literally inactive) so Milwaukee is now 2 games back of the final playoff spot.
- This wasn’t as easy as the final score may indicate it was. Milwaukee didn’t really put this away until about halfway through the fourth quarter. When they put it away, they did so with authority and looked like the team that’s been smoking bad teams left and right over the past month. Before that, it was a slop fest. At one point the two teams combined for a stretch that included two missed layups and six turnovers in a minute and a half. Woof.