Milwaukee Bucks Game Review: Dismissing Detroit

Jan 29, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Samuel Dalembert (21) celebrates with teammates after making a basket during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

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)

Topics: Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks

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