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Milwaukee Bucks 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 Houston Rockets
Ersan Ilyasova, SF 33 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +2

With 47 rebounds over his last five games, he’s starting to move the rebounding needle in the right direction. In both Dallas and Houston, Ersan got Milwaukee some major rebounds late in the game or at least kept balls alive so someone else could grab the board. When he can combine that sort of tough rebounding with the shooting he’s demonstrated for the majority of this season, he’s quite a player.

Larry Sanders, C 35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -4

Typical Larry game, but with some awesome late game end-to-end hustle plays. His chasedown block of James Harden and then tap in on the other end kept the Bucks afloat when they desperately needed everything they could get on both ends. But he could cut back on the long jumpers. After drilling a bunch against Atlanta, he made just two of eight outside of 13 feet in Houston and Dallas.

Monta Ellis, PG 45 MIN | 9-24 FG | 7-11 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +5

His fourth quarter alone was something to behold. Nine points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal. This was the finest game I’ve seen Monta play and his performance in a point guard role over the past two games has been revolutionary. He struggled a bit from the line, but any night Monta attempts 11 free throws is a fantastic night. He attacked all game and once again forced plenty of turnovers.

Brandon Jennings, PG 30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +1

It was surprising to see him come back in for the final three minutes with the Bucks down six, simply because Monta was effective playing the point and Redick is so obviously a better off ball solution. He waited too long to attack on the final possession, then couldn’t get by Jeremy Lin. Fortunately Monta bailed him out with that ridiculous shot.

John Henson, PF 13 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +6

A solid game of finishes for Henson. He stuck around the hoop and connected on most of the shots he put up. He rebounded effectively while he was out there as well.

Mike Dunleavy, SF 31 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +26

All of the scoring he displayed in Dallas along with some more rebounds. Terrific game from Dunleavy. He had one gaffe, a missed wide open layup in the fourth quarter, but Milwaukee corralled the offensive rebound and he got an open look from three that he drilled.

J.J. Redick, SG 21 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -9

His shortest game as a Buck was a good one, though less impactful than his first two. He didn’t have the ball quite as much. He and Ellis again showed some great chemistry in the fourth quarter. When Ellis would drive, Redick would find an opening where Ellis could kick it out.

Three Things We Saw

  1. This was a game of survival for the most part. Milwaukee went down by 17 in the first quarter, but kept chipping away at Houston’s lead. They allowed 70 points in the paint and were outrebounded, but shot the three pretty well and played much better defense after the first quarter. They kept it close all game long and this time, the final play turned out in their favor.
  2. Patrick Beverly, a Rockets backup guard, was fun to watch. He applies a lot of pressure on the ball defensively and generally just kind of flies around in an enjoyable way. If you get a chance to watch the Rockets, keep your eye on number 12.
  3. Ellis has played over 40 minutes in seven straight games. In his past two games he has 49 points, 22 assists, 12 steals, 16 free throw attempts, four threes and two wins.