The Pelicans threw the last punch, downing the Milwaukee Bucks 112-104. The Bucks stayed competitive despite an early exit by John Henson–due to foul trouble–and OJ Mayo–who was ejected for punching Greg Stiemsma in the throat.
This is the second consecutive game the Bucks have thrown punches at opponents, causing the league or the referees to take action. Larry Drew said in his post-game press conference, though, that he is not concerned.
Perhaps what is more concerning is the Bucks lack of interior resistance. For the second consecutive game, they were absolutely destroyed down low. Anthony Davis had his way with anyone the Bucks threw at him, finishing with 29pts/14rebs/5ast/2bs.
Not only was the interior defense a problem, but the Pelicans abused the Bucks from the perimeter as well. Four guards scored in double figures, led by G/F Tyreke Evans 25pts and 7ast on 7-13 shooting. Anthony Morrow added 16 on 7-12 shooting, Brian Roberts added 14, and Eric Gordon had 12.
Henson got the start with the absence of Ersan Ilyasova, who served a one game suspension for a punch he threw at Reggie Evans on Wednesday against the Kings. Henson left the game early with the aforementioned foul trouble, and sat the rest of the half. Jeff Adrien seized the opportunity and shined offensively, finishing with a cool 20pts/10rebs/3bs.
Henson did get it going with increased minutes in the second half, and found an efficient 12 points on 6-9 shooting. The emergence of Adrien should hopefully encourage the younger and potential laden Henson to increase his effort, which has seemed to be lacking in the past weeks. Henson needs to seize his own opportunities when they arise by putting together complete games.
It was a night to forget for Brandon Knight, who got 41 minutes and only 15pts/5ast on an abysmal 5-17 shooting, 2-7 from down town. Khris Middleton would prefer to remember tonight, though. He poured in 25pts and added 4ast.
The Bucks will go on short rest tomorrow at Washington.