Doron Lamb scored 12 points in the second half to trigger a surprising comeback in a 100-90 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Down 20 points, a Bucks’ lineup of Lamb-Beno Udrih-Mike Dunleavy-Ekpe Udoh-Larry Sanders took control midway through the third quarter and sparked a 49-19 run to close out the game.
The Bucks outscored the Bobcats 18-2 in the paint in the final quarter.
The Bucks were awful for first 30 minutes and quite good afterward, but they were consistently outstanding in two areas for the whole game: offensive rebounds and blocking shots. Samuel Dalembert had six blocks (including five in the first half), while Sanders swatted four shots in an energetic burst late in the game.
Milwaukee had a nice ratio of 21 offensive rebounds against the Bobcats’ 26 defensive rebounds.
Ekpe Udoh quietly put together a nice game (11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists). Big surprise. Also: Dance moves (see above).
Lamb outscored the starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis all by himself. No one is starting the ‘Doron Lamb should be a starter!’ petitions quite yet — well, maybe someone else is — but it may be time to ease up on the narrative that spun Jennings and Ellis as a duo with the potential to operate efficiently.
A Stratified Boxscore for your Amusement/Education/Horror:
Tobias Harris/Mike Dunleavy:
35 points, 12/20 field goals, 6/12 3-pt. FG, 5/7 free throws, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 0 blocks
54 points, 23/58 field goals, 0/6 3-pt. FG, 8/10 free throws, 43 rebounds, 18 assists, 7 turnovers, 11 blocks
Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis
11 points, 4/25 field goals, 1/9 3-pt. FG, 2/3 free throws, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 turnovers, 0 blocks
The first half was a minor disaster for the Bucks who weren’t small forwards. Tobias Harris came out and put up an early 10 points — including hitting both of his corner three-point shots — but had to leave with foul trouble. Mike Dunleavy came in and carried the Bucks’ offense with 14 points on just six shots.
But for the rest of the team, it was ugly. Dalembert and Ersan Ilyasova gave the starters good rebounding and blocked shots, but hit only one of their combined seven field goal attempts. Jennings had an oh-fer, including a pair of turnovers. Ellis shot 2-for-8 field goals with a pair of turnovers of his own.
Lamb made an appearance in the first half, but it was largely underwhelming, as he missed his only shot and took it on the chin from Ben Gordon on the other end of the court. After three quick fouls, he was out nearly as soon as he came in.
But in the second half, Doron shook off the rust and gave a glimpse of the good things that may lie ahead for the Bucks.