Erasing an early deficit: Bucks 107 – Raptors 96
|Larry Sanders, C 28 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +13
A driving DeMar Derozan could have changed the game late. The Bucks were up one with three minutes to play as the Raptors forward attacked what he saw as an open lane to the basket. Up he went for a dunk, only to be turned away at his peak by Sanders. Brandon Jennings quickly corralled the ball and took off to find Mike Dunleavy on the wing for a three. Buckets. The Bucks went up four and would never look back. It was the perfect example of how important Sanders can be.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +6
A nice rebound game for Jennings after struggling against the Pistons. He’s averaged better than six free throws per game over his past four games. More trips to the free throw line for Jennings has been a welcome sight for Bucks fans for sure. Five of Jennings 10 assists came on all five of the Bucks made threes in the second half as well. His teammates got open, he found them and they made shots.
|John Henson, PF 22 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +10
His touch seems to look softer every game. And he’s the most left-handed right-handed guy the Bucks have had since Andrew Bogut. He hit a number of difficult hooks and flips that were only connected on because he has meters of length. What’s nice is how he doesn’t fall away from the hoop or shy away from contact too much.
|Ekpe Udoh, PF 20 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2
At some point he has to accumulate a few stats, right? How he can continue to play 20 minutes so often and grab such a paltry number of rebounds is amazing.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +22
When Dunleavy has handed out at least five assists this season, the Bucks have never failed to either score 100 points or win. The 100 points thing makes sense, because if Dunleavy’s dishing out assists, it means other guys are scoring and it’s typically a sign that the ball is moving around pretty well. Interestingly enough, in the four games he’s totaled at least five assists, Dunleavy is 16-for-25 from behind the arc. Wow.
Three Things We Saw
- The first quarter was disaster style Bucks. Milwaukee repeatedly turned the ball over, leading to easy points for an aggressive Toronto team. But, as they’ve done so many times before this season, the Bucks dug in and battled back from an early 20-point deficit. Milwaukee always seems to find at least one quarter to fall apart in. It’s probably best to let that quarter be the first, so they can scramble and get back in the game, right?
- The Bucks second half effort closely resembled the sound and balanced offensive game Milwaukee played in Jim Boylan’s debut last week. Six players scored at least nine points and Milwaukee handed out 15 second half assists.
- 3-1 under Boylan with three difficultish Western Conference games coming up this week. If the Bucks can keep the good times rolling, they’ll be in good shape after this week.