Snapping the streak: Bucks 98 – Suns 94
|Larry Sanders, C 30 MIN | 8-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +8
It wouldn’t be difficult to make a case that Larry Sanders is the ultimate reason for watching Bucks games at this point. How many times has his shot-blocking been crucial to a Bucks victory? He got out of position trying to reject Goron Dragic on a drive with just under two minutes left, but when Dragic dropped it off to Marcin Gortat for what seemed like an easy layup, he recovered and blocked Gortat, leading to a Jennings scoop shot in transition that effectively put the game away.
|Monta Ellis, PG 34 MIN | 10-20 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 24 PTS | +8
Hard to ask for anything more out of Ellis. He hit a couple of very difficult shots in the fourth quarter that he probably doesn’t hit with much regularity. But he made both against the Suns and that mattered a lot. Sometimes they go in.
|Brandon Jennings, PG 29 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -3
Milwaukee’s pattern under Jim Boylan had kind of been: Win when Jennings plays great, lose when he doesn’t. Good to see them snap out of that. A pedestrian game for Jennings becomes much easier to take when Ellis is playing as well as he did though.
|John Henson, PF 22 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +3
He probably makes four to five genuinely impressive plays each game.
|Mike Dunleavy, SF 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +12
Another sharp shooting night from Milwaukee’s lone consistent threat from the outside. As usual, he didn’t waste a motion or dribble any more than was necessary and that helped him succeed. His three to put the Bucks up eight with just under a minute to go was the perfect curl and square up as fast as humanly possible moment I’ve seen out of him in a big situation this year. He should almost always been a first option for the Bucks late in games.
|Beno Udrih, PG 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +7
Anytime Marquis Daniels is playing the two and Udrih is not in the game, it’s a disappointment.
Two Things We Saw
- If ever there was a Suns team the Bucks were going to beat, this was the one. The long wait between Bucks wins in Phoenix wasn’t just because the Bucks were often a miserable team, it was because the Suns have almost always been good. From Barkley to Kidd to Marbury to Nash – they always seemed to have a strong star and supporting cast around him with the exception of a lean year or two. But this version of the Suns is pretty miserable.
- And yet, a four point win that went down to the final couple of minutes? Never easy with this group.
- It’s getting amazing how from quarter to quarter the Bucks can look like such a drastically different team. Has any recent squad had so many 10 point swings in the course of virtually every game they play?