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The Bucks put together their best collective team performance of the young season en route to a 109 – 104 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night. The Bucks relied on their best skill in this game, three-point shooting, going 13 of 23 (56.5%) from the field from deep. Nate Wolters continued to outplay his second round draft pick status, scoring nine points while adding eight rebounds, six assists, and no turnovers. The Cavs were lead by star point guard Kyrie Irving, who had 29 points and eight assists. The win brings the Bucks to 2 -2 on the season and gave them their first win on the newly designed home court.
Player of the Game
This had to be Milwaukee’s hope when they signed OJ in free agency. Mayo caught fire from three early on and never let up. He hit three in the first quarter and finished the game 6 – 7 from deep, scoring 28 points in total. He only got to the free throw line four times, mainly because he settled for a lot of jump shots, but when he’s shooting like this it doesn’t really matter. On the defensive end he gave good effort for parts of the game and did very well guarding Irving in the waning seconds of the game. This is easily his best game as a Buck so far.
The start of the season has been very poor for Sanders so far (he’s averaging 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds), and this week it only got worse. Over the weekend, Sanders was involved in an altercation at the Milwaukee club Apartment 720 resulting in him being unable to play Wednesday night. It’s inexcusable for any 24 year-old man to get into a fight but is even worse when you rely on your body for your work, as is the case with Sanders. Luckily it appears that Sanders was not seriously injured but he needs to grow up fast if he wants to have a good NBA career.
– Gary Neal did what Gary Neal was brought in to do, hitting 4-5 threes
– Andrew Bynum played 14 unproductive minutes last night. It is really hard to watch him run up and down the court, everything just looks disjointed
– Michael Redd, the Bucks’ second round pick in 2000, retired last night. Redd is in the top 10 all time for Milwaukee in 12 of the 17 major statistical groups, which is pretty impressive. It’s sad that his career was cut short due to multiple ACL and MCL tears