NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Milwaukee
(Friday, November 20th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 95, Charlotte 88
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Brandon Jennings continued his standout rookie season with 29 points and seven assists, as Milwaukee defeated Charlotte, 95-88, at Bradley Center.
Hakim Warrick had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova chipped in 13 points for the surprising Bucks, who have won six of seven and trail first-place Cleveland in the Central division by only a half-game in the early going.
Milwaukee, already minus the team's leading scorer the past six seasons in Michael Redd, will now have to carry on without the club's leading rebounder Andrew Bogut, who suffered a lower left leg strain and contusion in Wednesday's win versus New Jersey. The 7-footer is expected to miss 2-to-4 weeks.
"[We're] a deep team," Warrick said. "When someone goes down, other people are going to have to step up. Collectively, we have to go out and do all the little things."
Newly-acquired Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace poured in 22 points apiece for the Bobcats, who lost their seventh straight game and fell to 0-7 as the visitor this season.
Wallace also had 10 rebounds, while Flip Murray totaled 17 points, six assists and five boards.
Milwaukee was out to a 30-25 lead after Jennings scored eight of the final nine points in the opening quarter. A 10-0 run through the middle stages of the second ballooned the margin to 43-29 on Jennings' jumper with six minutes left.
Murray scored six of the next seven points to bring the visitors back to within seven, but Ilyasova went to work for the Bucks, drilling a three- pointer and a trio of fouls shots moments later to extend the lead to 11. Luke Ridnour's three-ball just before the break allowed for a 53-41 Bucks lead.
Milwaukee continued to hold a comfortable advantage in the third, as Jennings' three-pointer approaching the five-minute mark dropped to make it 66-49. Jodie Meeks sank a triple just outside a minute to go, and the hosts owned a 16- point lead, 76-60, entering the final period.
The Bobcats came out strong in the fourth and had the lead down to 10 on a Jackson jumper only two minutes in, but Warrick padded the hosts' lead by converting a three-point play and following with a jumper with nine minutes remaining.
The visitors finally cut the deficit under double digits, 89-81, with 3:15 to play on consecutive buckets from Murray and Wallace. Boris Diaw's layup dropped for an eight-point game with 2:13 to go, but the Bobcats wouldn't convert another field goal until there were 13 seconds to play.
"I didn't think we matched their energy to start [the game]," Bobcats head coach Larry Brown said. "If we had played with the energy we played with in the second half...we probably would have had a better result."
Milwaukee won three of four vs. Charlotte last season, but the Bobcats did snap a five-game skid in the series by taking the final matchup...Charlotte ended a three-game road trip with the loss, while the Bucks finished up a six- game homestand with five wins...Milwaukee hits the road for four straight, beginning Saturday in Memphis...The Bobcats return home to host Indiana Sunday...Diaw finished with 11 points and five boards in the setback.
11/21 01:40:59 ET