For a while, Mike Dunleavy‘s 12-point second-quarter looked like a big outburst.
Then Brandon Jennings did exactly what Brandon Jennings has done in the past week: he detonated the third quarter. Jennings personally outscored the Pistons with a 16-0 run as the Bucks blew open a massive lead in a 117-90 win.
Jennings scored 20 in the quarter and 30 for the game.
He did it by hitting a layup, a pair of free throws, and swishing four top-of-the-lane three-pointers on consecutive possessions while the Pistons went scoreless. Quite suddenly, a solid 13-point lead transformed into a 29-point cakewalk.
David Stern, you have the responsibility of pick Rajon Rondo’s All-Star sub. Were you watching?
But before that, though, Dunleavy helped the bench bail out the starters. Detroit went at Larry Sanders early in the game, drawing a foul in the first minute and another a few minutes after. While the Bucks’ defense was getting knocked on its heels, the offense sputtered out rhythmless, midrange jumper. Detroit led, 28-13, near the end of the first period.
From there, the Bucks went on a 72-28 run.
Even that didn’t start so well. While the Bucks were starting to chip away with their subs, Andre Drummond took to full-on beast mode, scoring ten points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking a shot in his first eight minutes of action. He finished with 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Ekpe Udoh picked up a bit after slowing Drummond’s hot start. He scored eight in the first half, coming mostly from six feisty offensive rebounds. He also blocked a pair of shots.
Samuel Dalembert also got early action thanks to Sanders’ foul trouble. Lest anyone get too excited about Drummond, keep in mind one fact: Milwaukee’s third-string center finished with 12 points, ten rebounds and three blocks largely going toe-to-toe with the rookie.
Drummond is a physical marvel, but he hasn’t mastered the nuances of NBA defense yet. To wit: Dunleavy hit him with an obvious back screen, but Drummond’s slow recognition freed Dalembert for a wide-open dunk.
Per usual, Beno Udrih righted the ship when the Bucks’ offense looked undirected. He finished with 11 assists. On the other hand, when the game was up-tempo and scattershot, Monta Ellis plucked six steals. He finished with 14 points on 14 shots and a team-high +/- rating of +27.
A few tweets (including some blowout fun that’s a bit more exuberant than usual)
Jennings has been really deadly when he’s leaning in on this three.
— Steven von Horn (@StevevonHorn) January 30, 2013
“Man, that dude’s ripped.” — Austin Daye, looking at John Henson
— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) January 30, 2013
Corey Maggette wearing his headband on the bench in case, you know, someone spills beer on his head or whatever.
— Frank Madden (@brewhoop) January 30, 2013
Teenagers with 18-18 games since 1985: Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond.
— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) January 30, 2013