Bucks Keep It Close But Can’t Top Thunder in the End

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The Bucks held on for most of the game, but in the end they couldn’t pull it out against a good Thunder team. The Bucks made a push in the 4th to bring it the game within four with six minutes left, but after that they just ran out of gas. Epke Udoh had arguably his best game for the Bucks this season, scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds while leading the team in minutes with 38. The Thunder were lead by their dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, scoring 26 and 24 points respectively. Both players kept making plays down the stretch to make sure the game was out of hand. The Bucks have now dropped to 2-7 after a brutal stretch of four games in five nights and are off until Wednesday when the 7-2 Trailblazers come into town.

Player of the Game

OJ Mayo

Mayo has still struggled with driving to the basket (as have pretty much every other player on the team has been) and his 2-point field goal percentage is now below 40 percent on the season. But his stroke from the outside was pretty good tonight and really the only thing that kept the team in the game. It’s not ideal to have him taking 11 3-point shots a game but with all the injuries right now there really isn’t a better option.

LVP

Gary Neal

Second time in two nights for Gary Neal in the LVP category. There wasn’t anything quite as bad as the four-minute stretch from the Pacers game last night, but Neal just wasn’t effective when he was on the floor. If he’s not making shots (which he wasn’t last night, 1-5 from the floor), he doesn’t really bring anything else to the table. The Bucks really need Knight to come back to spell more of Neal’s minutes.

Random Notes

–       Khris Middleton started the night out extremely strong, hitting three shots in the span of a minute in and a half during the first quarter before cooling off and going 2-11 for the rest of the game

–       It’s quite unfair to compare injuries, but seeing Russell Westbrook play with the athleticism he did tonight 7 months after his ACL injury makes you wonder if Derrick Rose could have come back last season

–       In the middle of the game Hasheem Thabeet told a Bucks staffer with a t-shirt gun to give one of the shirts to the kid behind him, and the man obliged. Pretty cool thing for a player to do

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