The Bucks roared back to blow past the Bulls in the Windy City again.
In their first visit to Chicago since coming back from a 27-point deficit, the Bucks won again despite falling behind early by 15 points. The bench was the catalyst in that game; this time the starters did the heavy lifting.
Brandon Jennings scored 35 points, including 20 during the third-quarter comeback. He did it on a tidy 24 shots, and he hit 5-of-10 of his three-point shots.
Larry Sanders also made a huge impact on the game with six points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocks. It should also be noted that he only had three fouls in over 30 minutes and that his rotations and help defense were virtually flawless in the second half.
The Bucks had 15 blocks as a team, and the Bulls had just two. Chicago shot less than 30% from the field in the second half as the Bucks defense — with Sanders at its core — stiffened.
The Bulls built a 24-9 lead early, primarily on the physicality of Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng, especially on the offensive glass. Nate Robinson’s three-point shooting helped too.
The Bucks, however, cleaned up their rebounding act from there on out. In the second half, those rebounds enabled Milwaukee to up the tempo a bit.
Monta Ellis had five steals, five rebounds, and five assists to go with 14 points on 14 shots. He left the game though with a minute left in the fourth quarter after spraining his ankle harshly.
Speaking of ankles, Beno Udrih had his best game since returning from injury. His offensive spark kept Milwaukee close in the first half when the Bulls were rolling. The Bucks will need a lot more of Udrih is Ellis’ injury is serious.
In Jim Boylan‘s second game as head coach, the rotations looked much the same. John Henson got extended minutes and did his best not to get pushed around in the paint. The only real difference in terms of personnel was that Boylan inserted Samuel Dalembert for a few minutes near the end of the first half.
Marquis Daniels, Tobias Harris, and Drew Gooden dressed but did not play.
Boylan calls “five-out” and Mike Dunleavy thought he called timeout. So he started heading to the bench while the Bucks ran up the court.
— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) January 10, 2013
A former coach told me that Larry Sanders is basically Bill Russell, except he’s playing against athletes. I like this theory.
— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) January 10, 2013
I’ve espoused this theory before. Essentially, I’m inserting the tweet here to call dibs. It’s not that Sanders is as good as Russell, but from all the video I’ve ever seen, they play the same style.
When DOESN’T Carlos Boozer shout and-1?
— Eric Buenning (@ericbuenning) January 10, 2013
He yells it out during coitus, doesn’t he?
The nice thing about this Jennings hot streak is that it’s good shots going. The transition three was ballsy, but also wide open.
— Dan Sinclair (@dan_sinclair) January 10, 2013
“Brandon Jennings” is trending in Chicago. (And not Milwaukee).
— Preston Schmitt (@pdschmitt1) January 10, 2013
This tweet is from after the game, but it makes me a bit sad. He should trend in Milwaukee, too. I thought I heard a cheer or three in Chicago for Brandon when he caught fire in the third quarter.