The Bobcats are arguably the worst defensive team in the NBA, and it was on full display Monday night.
Charlotte, who was missing centers Byron Mullens, Brendan Haywood, DeSagana Diop and point guard Ramon Sessions due to injuries, offered no rim protection and little perimeter resistance for 48 straight minutes. The Bucks took advantage — to the tune of a season-high in points and a 131-102 rout.
Milwaukee scored 69 of its points in the first half on 53.8 percent shooting from the field, but Charlotte couldn’t miss either — connecting on 62.9 percent of their attempts. Yet, the Bucks managed to snag a nine-point lead at halftime, thanks to seven offensive rebounds and nine forced turnovers.
The Bobcats’ hot shooting predictably regressed. They shot just 39.5 percent from the field in the second half. The Bucks, meanwhile, continued their hot shooting and dominated nearly every aspect of the game — eventually running away with it. For the game, Milwaukee attempted 27 more field goals, hit eight more three-pointers, grabbed 13 more rebounds, dished out 14 more assists, and converted 10 less turnovers than Charlotte.
For the second time in three games, Larry Sanders set a career-high in points. He secured another double-double — his fourth in five games — scoring 24 points (11-19 fg, 2-4 ft) and grabbing 13 rebounds (seven offensive) in just 31 minutes.
J.J. Redick scored a season-high 20 points in a Bucks uniform on an efficient 8-12 shooting, including 2-5 from beyond the arc. Joining Sanders and Redick in double figures for Milwaukee were Ersan Ilyasova (22 points, 8-13 fg, 4-4 3pt), Monta Ellis (19 points, 7-14 fg, 3-5 3pt), Brandon Jennings (19 points, 6-15 fg, 4-9 3pt) and Mike Dunleavy (15 points, 8-12 fg, 2-5 3pt).
Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson led the scoring attack for the Bobcats, combining for 44 points on just 22 shots from the field.
Jennings, who oddly criticized his head coach on Twitter following Saturday night’s loss, sat out the entire fourth quarter and played only 24 minutes in the blowout. His lack of playing time can be interpreted two ways: a) Boylan was sending a message with another benching or b) Boylan, preparing for the stretch run, was simply resting one of his heavy-minutes starters in a blowout. For what it’s worth, Jennings tweeted this after the game:
Great Win. Building for the playoffs!!!! #Bucks
— BRANDON JENNINGS (@justryod3) April 2, 2013
The BMO Harris Bradley Center starting emptying out with Milwaukee’s lead growing to 30 and the game clock mercifully winding down. The remaining fans began chanting, “We want Drew” — a reference to little-used Drew Gooden, who was the only active healthy player to not appear in the game. It served as an incredibly appropriate ending to an unconventional game.