The Bucks hit a lot of three-point shots. The Nets did not.
Milwaukee hit six of seven three-pointers en route to a 30-point fourth quarter outburst, their second 30+ point quarter in the game. Brooklyn, on the other hand, made just 4-of-21 three-pointers on the night, and they didn’t hit their first until the second half.
Other than the Bucks’ sudden long-distance success, it was a rather brutal night of basketball.
Brook Lopez had one defensive rebound in his first 24 minutes. Reggie Evans poked two Bucks in the face. Luc Mbah a Moute‘s budding offense went AWOL for a second straight game. Defensively, Ekpe Udoh made Andray Blatche look like an All-Star. The Bucks had six turnovers in the first quarter, keeping the flat Nets close in a game in which they didn’t play well enough to compete. Not to be outdone, the refs mishandled an inordinate share of decisions.
The Nets played yesterday against Boston and it showed.
Coming into this game, the Bucks’ top three scorers — Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, and Ersan Ilyasova — were each making less than 40% of their field goals on the season. Tonight the trio combined for 62 points on 40 shots. Bravo. If they keep regressing to their career means, the Bucks — who are now 15-12 on the season — may lock themselves into the playoff seed to which Scott Skiles and John Hammond have committed themselves (for better or worse).
Somewhere it should be noted that the Nets’ starting backcourt was C.J. Watson and Keith Bogans and that each played more than 30 minutes.
Beno Udrih made his return from an ankle injury in the game and he didn’t play particularly well (2/5 FG, 1 AST, 2 TO, 4 PF). But the glimmer of hope is that now that he and Mike Dunleavy are healthy, and now that Ilyasova (17 PTS, 11 REB, 4 AST, 3 ST) has come full circle on his Lazarus routine, the Bucks may finally may be able space the floor, set up shooters and improve on being the 28th-best three-point shooting team in the NBA.