The Bucks fared much better against the Bobcats than in the previous two meetings, but still lost 111-110 in overtime Monday night.
Brandon Knight continued his good point guard play, finishing with 26 points, eight rebounds, and a career high 14 assists while limiting his turnovers to just two. He looked decent scoring in this game, using his quickness to get into the lane and finishing around the rim with a nice looking tear drop shot. John Henson played well on defense, finishing the game with six blocks, but his lack of jump shooting ability allowed the Bobcats to pack in the paint towards the end and limited Milwaukee’s ability to drive into the paint. Khris Middleton also had another good game, finishing with 19 points and six rebounds on 50 percent shooting.
The Bobcats were lead by Kemba Walker, who finished with a near triple double, tallying 25 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds. Al Jefferson also made a major contribution, scoring 26 points on 12-23 shooting and adding nine rebounds. Cody Zeller was able to be effective off the bench, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds, and starting power forward Anthony Tolliver went 4-4 from three-point range.
The Bucks jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, 33-17, in what was a total team effort (eight different players scored). They had some defensive lapses in the second quarter and were only up two by halftime. After being tied up 78-78 after three quarters, the Bucks and Bobcats played each other even in the fourth. Middleton missed a game tying three, but the ball bounced straight into OJ Mayo’s hands and he promptly drained a three over Josh McRoberts to send the game into overtime. The Bucks had a chance to tie the game again at the end of the extra period, but Khris Middleton had his foot on the line for his potential game tying shot, and thus the Bucks lost 111-110.
– Epke Udoh had a two possession sequence in which he secured an offensive rebound on one end and then a defensive rebound on the other, but immediately threw the ball away because we can’t have nice things
– Caron Butler looks old. He took five threes but made only one, which was pretty much his only contribution. Not good
– The Bucks have now played in six overtime games this season. Their record in those games? 1-5… Also not good