What an exhilarating win: Bucks 110 – Rockets 107

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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.

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10 Comments

    • Totally, I woulda killed to have been at this game. Watched it with my bro on a 20” monitor and we still freaked out. I’ve watched 20-30 games this year, and this is the first one that I actually watched the post game. Lucky guy!

  1. What a great comeback on the road and after a tough game
    the night before!

    I wonder if the grades for Sanders in these
    post-game posts are too low. The guy is so good
    that maybe we’re already taking him for granted.

    Awesome statistics in assists and steals for Monta,
    but generally speaking, way too many minutes and shots.
    I hope that 24 shots and 45 minutes are the exception
    rather than the rule. All-in-all, great stuff from Monta
    — congrats! — but I am still guarding my enthusiasm.

    Even as I want to applaud Monta without getting carried
    away, I want to encourage Brandon without indulging his
    funk. Whatever it is, Brandon, get over it; no one is
    perfect and we understand that; we like you and want you
    back in the game.

    I’m rooting for Monta and Brandon and J.J. to play well both
    physically and mentally. As has been pointed out by others
    in this venue, there are plenty of minutes to go around.
    We need all three of these guys to step up consistently!

  2. Great games by Dunleavy and Henson in my opinion. We weren’t matching up well and those guys came in and turned things around.

    On the sad side Harris is still coming of the bench for Orlando, but he’s been playing the PF position for Orlando and has shot 5 of 10, 7 of 9, and 9 of 12 for Orlando in the 3-games he has played since the trade.

    Orlando has a new leading scorer coming off the bench since the Redick trade and his name is Tobias Harris :( !

    • I wouldn’t feel too sad yet apdamico, Tobias Harris has been playing against second stringers mostly or in garbage minutes. Also, we still need to see how he responds when teams start scouting him out more, and on a team that is the second worst in the NBA, the points have to come from someone. Not only that, when he has been on the court he has been able to score a lot of points but he has given up more. I still think he will be a good role player and maybe decent starter but those aren’t too hard to find. If he averages around 15 a game eventually, thats the same as Reddick. Yes we need a good small forward to start since Dunleavy is better coming off the bench but it didn’t seem like Harris is a natural SF and Henson probably will be more productive at PF.

  3. The Redick trade has changed some things but not exactly what we suspected. I’ve come to the conclusion that Redick was brought in because the Bucks had decided the same thing that most of us had. Monta Ellis is not a sufficient shooting guard. So Boylan and Hammond brainstormed and decided to put the ball in his hands and let Redick play more 2 guard.

    This probably the real reason Brandon is reacting so poorly. Also, Ellis is responding so well to the change.

    Stay tuned. It should be a BUMPY ride the rest of the way.

  4. There’s something to be said for staying positive ! After all the heartbreaks we’ve suffered in Feb., and that 103-102 loss to ATL at the BMO BC Sat. nite- we are rewarded with back 2 back road wins :) :) !

    What fantastic efforts in both wins, down late in the game by 5 at Dallas, 6 at Houston and the BUCKS dig deep,and FIGHT HARD for final 3 mins. Im so happy they found ways to WIN these games-instead of finding ways to lose them. Lets hope this continues through March. The TEAM effort is enjoyable to watch, and lets hope Brandon can join in on TEAM effort.

    GO BUCKS GO

    • 6 straight close games, starting with the 76er win by 2 right before the all-star break. We are 3-3 in those 6-games, so one could say that the breaks evened out over the course of this stretch.

  5. Just when I think I get out…

    Trade deadline drama now turns into Brandon Jennings drama. These next 2 weeks or so are going to be very interesting, not just for the Bucks trying to stay in the playoffs, but for the future of this team. The Bucks could very well have all 3 guards back next year or just as easily have none of them back.

    Maybe Jennings needs to spend the month of Feb. in the D league in the future, something is wrong with that guys psyche. He has completely vanished from games recently and he should be the third option at the guard spot.

    Personally, I am still of the mindset that Brandon and Monta need to go in the off season. Then, hopefully the Bucks can bring in some younger talent that can actually provide hope.