Luc Richard Mbah a Moute chipped in six points and nine big rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their win streak to five on Thursday night with a 112-110 win over the Indiana Pacers.
Luc split his boards nearly equally between the offensive and defensive glass. He pulled down four rebounds on the offensive board and five more on the defensive end. He also added a theft of Earl Watson early in the first quarter and a block of Danny Granger late in the contest.
With his in-your-face-defense, No. 12 helped hold Granger, who averages nearly 23 points per game, under his average at 21 points. 7 of those 21 came at the charity stripe.
With the Thursday night win, the Bucks take over the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference and inch closer to the playoffs. The Bucks are above .500 (29-28) for the first time since December 2nd when they were 9-8.
The game was close with just over one second left. Milwaukee led by four when Bucks’ guard Luke Ridnour fouled T.J. Ford on a three-point shot. After Ford made the first two and cut the lead to two, he intentionally missed his third and final free throw trying to get his team a rebound and a quick score to tie the game.
However, forward Carlos Delfino was able to get the rebound and ended a close scare for the Bucks.
Still a very young squad, the Bucks lack playoff experience and if nothing else comes out of this season, experience is what Head Coach Scott Skiles wants his team to gain, as he told WSSP in Milwaukee:
« We want to talk to Brandon Jennings, Andrew Bogut, Luc Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova about hey this is what it’s gonna take to get in the playoffs and this is what you’re gonna have to do in the summer to get better if you wanna be a high level team, that’s great and they’re good guys and they’ll listen, but until they go through it, realize the way that the level of play raises up, there’s nothing like that.
« Then once they go through it, it’s amazing what happens to guys like that in the summer. They really get after the development of their game and they start making strides as a player. »
LUC’S WEEK IN REVIEW
It was a strong week for Luc and the Bucks as they swept through with wins in New York and Indiana, sandwiched around a home victory against the New Orleans Hornets.
Luc doubled his pleasure in the first two games of the week. He posted dueling 11’s on the boards and in the bucket Monday night at Madison Square Garden, then came back with a pair of tens, 10 rebounds and 10 points, against New Orleans on Wednesday.
Here are some of the highlights from mbahamoute12.com:
• 2.23.20 / Doubling Up
No. 12 recorded a double-double in a big win vs. the Knicks.
• 2.25.10 / Two Tens for Luc
Luc got his second straight double-double and Bucks extended their win streak to four.
This weekend the Bucks face two tough matchups. They’ll have off tonight but go on the road Saturday to face the Heat in Miami followed by a formidable matchup against the always-dangerous Joe Johnson in Atlanta on Sunday.
Tip-off in Miami is at 2:30 CST, and catch Sunday’s game versus the Hawks at 5:00 CST. You can see all the action on FSN Wisconsin.
Skiles values playoff experience over lottery pick (NBC Sports, Feb. 25, 2010)
Thursday game report: Bucks at Pacers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 25, 2010)