|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +19
In what may have been his most physical game of the year, Mbah a Moute proved up to the challenge of defending whoever he was tasked with on any given possession, while contributing offensively too. Moute attacked the rim with vigor all night and made the most of opportunities when he found himself open for jumpers.
|Larry Sanders, C 32 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +26
Be at the front of the rim and finish aggressively. His duties are simple and he executes them well pretty frequently these days. Sanders had his third double-double in four games and, as usual, chipped in four blocks too. He took only two shots outside of the area directly at the rim, paving the way for a successful night.
|Monta Ellis, PG 36 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | +7
The nine assists and five steals were a demonstration of a solid all-around effort from Ellis, despite a long stretch in which he just couldn’t make a shot. You could say he had it all on Saturday.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 42 MIN | 8-16 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 25 PTS | +15
As much as anyone, he seems to thrive when the crowd is loud and the atmosphere is electric. He also seems to love sticking it to Mario Chalmers, who always seems to take exception to everything Jennings does.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 18 PTS | +25
One of his finest games as a Buck, which says a lot considering how many good ones he’s had. Dunleavy played a big part in Milwaukee’s successful evening of ball movement and had six assists to show for it at the end of the night. And, as he’s done all year, he was active on the glass. Combine those two skills with his reliable 3-point shot and you have the makings of a good game.
Everyone’s getting an A+ tonight, Skiles included. When the Bucks were teetering in the third quarter, he laid into his guys and helped snap their focus back together.
Three Things We Saw
- So much energy in the arena. It’s fun when the crowd is a sellout and everyone’s invested in the outcome. Sure, there were more Heat fans there than any of us would like to see, but they helped grow the energy in the BMOHBC, so kudos to them too. A lot of local writers have cited Milwaukee’s unimpressive home record over the past couple of seasons and wondered when the Bucks would start winning there with more frequency. Crowds like the one Saturday night certainly would help.
- I can’t figure this team out. It seemed for a while like they weren’t as good as their record would indicate, but then they rip the Heat in decisive fashion and throw everyone for a loop. Crazier thing was, the Bucks only shot 41%, so it wasn’t like they were on fire. Of course, Milwaukee hit eight threes and all but one free throw, so that was key.
- Common thought before the game was that the Heat were going to be dialed in after a loss in Detroit. They weren’t. 20 Miami turnovers, many of them of the unforced variety. Passes behind guys, out-of-sync movements, all kinds of ugly things happened for Miami, while the Bucks were pretty sharp all game.