Milwaukee Bucks 117 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Detroit Pistons
Larry Sanders, C 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +16

Foul trouble kept Sanders out of most of the game, but his blocks streak stayed alive if that’s a thing that you’re into. It may have been for the better though because Sanders showed no ability to keep Andre Drummond away from wreaking havoc by the rim.

Brandon Jennings, PG 30 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-6 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | +10

Jennings’ hot streaks often mask middling games as solid games, but tonight a good performance was turned into a great performance. Over a two-minute span in the third quarter, Jennings went on a 16-0 run by himself. The streak was highlighted by going four-for-four from three on consecutive possessions. His run put the game away at 85-56 before the fourth quarter even started.

Tobias Harris, SF 6 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

He didn’t get in until garbage time, but the few minutes he got were spent on the perimeter. I am not a fan of that. It’s become very clear that Harris’s current skill set doesn’t jibe with the Bucks overloaded frontcourt.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 25 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +15

Before Jennings put the Pistons away, Dunleavy brought the Bucks back into the game with a big 12-point second quarter highlighted by a four-point play.

Samuel Dalembert, C 21 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | 0

The girthier Dalembert had much more success rebounding against the large Pistons frontcourt. The Pistons just had no way of boxing Dalembert out once he came into the game as he notched five offensive rebounds for the game. He also brought some solid defense that turned a Pistons 15 point lead into a blowout for the Bucks. Without Dalembert tonight, Drummond would have had millions of rebounds.

Three Things We Saw

  1. There is a very real and very imminent future in which Andre Drummond pulls a Terminator all over the Central Division. Drummond had an 18-18 for the game and spent much of the first quarter making the Bucks look like small children. He’s everything Larry Sanders is, except bigger and stronger.
  2. The Bucks bench combined fro 59 points. The headliners were Dunleavy and Dalembert, but Henson also contributed 11 points and six rebounds. More importantly, the bench’s defense kept held the Piston’s bench to 25 percent shooting. That was the real difference in this game. The Bucks are the superior team and finally it showed for the first time all season
  3. Remember everyone – always heat check. Brandon Jennings said, “You always want that heat check to see if it’s really for real. After that airball, I was like ‘Alright, I’m going to chill out a little bit now.'” You say no to ratchet shots, but Brandon J can’t.