This is getting real: Bucks 103 – Warriors 93

Milwaukee looked downright majestic at times Saturday. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Milwaukee Bucks 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
93 Golden State Warriors
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +8

With Ersan Ilyaosva out, Luc moved to the four. It was not the jump start I suspected it might be, but he was more than serviceable throughout the game.

Monta Ellis, PG 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +10

Monta’s run continues. It could be that his numbers were just destined to even out after the worst first 50 games of his career or maybe it’s something else. Either way he’s finishing close to the hoop and making jump shots with much more regularity lately.

Brandon Jennings, PG 43 MIN | 10-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 31 PTS | +11

I tweeted this last night and I stand by it: It’s jarring to watch how different he’s playing. Specifically in pick and rolls. He’s not looking for the terrible mid-range shotes he used to always take. He’s keeping his dribble alive and finding teammates or just moving the ball to the other side. Against Golden State, he hardly took a bad shot and constantly moved the ball. It was fantastic to watch

Ekpe Udoh, PF 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +7

Some of the Bucks best defensive moments came with Ekpe on the court, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise. As Ekpe got his most minutes in about a month, the Bucks had one of their best defensive games. Seems about right.

J.J. Redick, SG 32 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +17

With the Bucks up just two points as the fourth quarter began to wind down, Redick tossed in eight big points in less than two minutes that helped seal this one up. He still hasn’t even REALLY got going from three in Milwaukee. If he does that … yikes.

Three Things We Saw

  1. This was a Jennings and Ellis win wit a fat helping of JJ Redick. The two centerpiece guards made shot after shot all night long and kept the Bucks from having any crucial dry spells and then Redick helped close things out with some big shots late.
  2. Milwaukee’s defense is far from perfect at this point, but it’s been good enough to keep them in games for the most part since the Redick deal. If they can stay in games, anything can happen. And their offense is starting to look good enough to be capable of stealing any game late, especially if Jennings and Ellis stay hot.
  3. 29 assists for the Bucks, the fourth straight game with at least that many. When Milwaukee got hot late last season and was blowing out bad teams, they did it with ball movement and shooting. Offensively, they are starting to really resemble that group, but with the fire power to challenge more talented groups too.
  4. I’m getting dangerously close to believing in this. It’s oen thing to stick around and pull games out in the end, but Milwaukee put Golden State away a bit as this one wound down. There were some tense moments, but after JJ’s two threes it never felt like the Bucks were in danger. I hadn’t felt that confidence in quite a while.

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  1. happyfeethustle

    Yes…I am cautiously beginning to believe as well. A complete 180 degree turn for the Bucks since Redick acquisition. Though not ALL Redick-its a team mentality that has improved-finding ways to WIN close games in 4th quarter. No drawn out dry spells offensively. Confident in their ability to close out OR overcome a blown lead in 4th qtr. situations. Redick was AWFUL until late game-and his teammates confidence in him, finding him open for another attempt;paid off with 2 DAGGER like 3s to seal it! Sure, Golden State is not an OKC or San Antonio like team-but they are a Western playoff contender. This win should help to reinforce Bucks confidence going forward.

    Jennings……. Was talking Bucks w/friend recently-fewer attempts for Jennings, greater “looks” for quality shot opportunites. A nice recipe for B.J.- I pray this style of play from him continues. Dont need him to take 25-30 attempts to win. He now seems to understand that his teammates have enough offensive talent that he doesn’t have to do it all himself.

    An Ish Smith sighting- a breather for are tired guards. Looked defensively tenacious, however his harmony with offense was out of rhythm. Hope for some improvement there. Stay POSITIVE everyone and ENJOY this strong effort from OUR team. See ya at BMO BC

    GO BUCKS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I almost liked it better when I knew they were gonna be the 8 seed and lose to the Heat..At this rate they might end up facing Indy or New York and making me believe they actually have a chance at winning a playoff series but then they’ll just collapse and I’ll return to the usual familiar feeling of despair I get from being a fan of this squad…Go Bucks

  3. Nice win!!!

    Like the assist totals!

    Gotta give it up for Monta!

    It wasn’t too long ago that Brandon said
    that he was willing to take 30 shots a game
    to help the Bucks win. How about 10 assists
    per game, instead? Great turnaround Brandon!
    And you’re still making a lot of shots,
    with a lot less attempts.

    Let’s keep it going tonight. It’s the second
    game of a back-to-back, and both on the road…
    a good chance to give some minutes to a guy
    like Ish, preferably in the first half, then
    if it goes well, maybe at the end of the third

    In general, like giving the bench more minutes
    in these games. Fresh legs and fresh opportunities
    can mean fresh energy and fresh enthusiasm —
    and fresh starters for the fourth quarter.

    Go Bucks!!!

  4. What a great win. Beating a quality team on the road by a decent margin, with the grand backcourt experiment working.
    Go Bucks!

  5. Terrific win without Ersan, but the late possible injuries to both Redick and Jennings had me concerned.

  6. I was actually at this game and it was fantastic to watch. My dad and I snuck up to get close up seats that were empty and we realized that Herb Kohl was sitting directly in front of us, so we had a chat with him. Not sure why he came out to see the game, I don’t think that is typical, but awesome seeing him, he seems to really like J.J. Redick based on some of his subtle reactions.

    • Cool!

      I hope Herb isn’t going to move the Bucks
      to Sacramento, or getting general tips from the
      Maloof brothers on how to move a team and rip
      the heart out of a city. lol???