Brooklyn Nets 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
108 Milwaukee Bucks
Larry Sanders, C 23 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +9Despite foul trouble, Larry posted another double double and helped Milwaukee dominate a much smaller Brooklyn team on the glass. He had his share of difficulties with Brook Lopez around the rim, but he also gave the Nets some problems with finishes of his own.
Monta Ellis, PG 37 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 20 PTS | +23In one of their more complete efforts as a team Ellis really stood out. The seven assists Ellis had led to many a dunk for Sanders. To really complete his effort, Ellis hit three 3-pointers, nearly causing me to faint in the audience. After the game, Skiles likened it to a reporter getting a par, or even a birdie in golf. Those things happen.
Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 9-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 25 PTS | +14Jennings was making shots all night long, from the first quarter to the fourth. Turns out, the Bucks are a good team when he and Ellis do that sort of thing.
Ekpe Udoh, PF 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +5Ekpe’s a chucker now. Not really, but it’s funny seeing him with 11 shots in his stat line. The Nets are so woefully undersized that he found himself not far from the rim with a much smaller guy on him on a number of occasions. Kudos to him for the aggression.
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 8-8 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +17This was kind of a classic Ilyasova game. He fought hard around the rim with Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans, a pair of undersized forwards with more strength than height. To his credit, Ilyasova did not back down and matched their physicality enough to earn eight free throw attempts and 11 rebounds.
Mike Dunleavy, SF 28 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 17 PTS | +15Threes. Helpful.
Beno Udrih, PG 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -8Back. Good to see. A+ for his return. (But really like a C for his game.)

Two Things We Saw

  1. Everything looks so easy when guys make shots, doesn’t it? Milwaukee went 40-for-84 (47.6%) as a team, 10-for-17 from three (58.8%) and 18-for-19 at the line (94.7%). If only they could replicate those numbers every night.
  2. Defensively it was another strong game from the Bucks. Of course, it helped that Deron Williams was a late scratch. Without him, the Nets got little from point guards C.J. Watson and Tyshawn Taylor while the Bucks got terrific games from both Jennings and Ellis. The game was won by the guards.
  3. 13 straight for the Bucks over the Nets.