Lockdown Luc Stifles Magic’s Carter

The Milwaukee Bucks picked up a huge win over one of the East’s best squads on Saturday night and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was at the forefront.

Luc got his 12th straight start on Saturday night, clocking 34 minutes and grabbing six rebounds as the Bucks handed the visiting Orlando Magic just their fifth loss of the season with a 96-85 win.

No. 12 added an assist, a steal and one free throw while recording a +12 point differential, but his best work was done once again on the defensive end. The Magic found themselves without four starters and key contributors including Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and JJ Redick. That placed the scoring load firmly on the shoulders of shooting guard Vince Carter.

With that in mind, Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles put Luc on Carter and Carter shot just 33 percent from the field. The veteran shooter ended up with 20 points, but had to take 21 shots to get there and his inefficiency helped Milwaukee maintain a lead for the entire game.

Orlando Magic beat writer Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweeted on Saturday night about the havoc Luc Richard wreaked on Carter and the Orlando offense.

« Awful start for #Magic tonight. They’re down 16-8. Vince Carter bottled up well by Mbah a Moute. VC settled for jumpers. »

The Bucks’ victory over the Magic was their second straight at home and a great confidence builder heading into their next challenge: LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

The streaking Heat visit Milwaukee tonight and its likely that The Prince will be charged with guarding « The King » who is of comparable size to the 6’8″ Cameroon-native.

Frank Madden of Brew Hoop writes in his game preview that Luc will likely earn LeBron duty, while John Salmons will be tasked to the equally dangerous Dwayne Wade:

« D’ing up. Luc Mbah a Moute saw plenty of Wade and James in his first two NBA seasons, but never while playing for the same team. That means Luc will have the difficult task of containing James at the outset while John Salmons starts against Wade, though the Bucks can also take some solace in the fact that there’s only one ball that the two superstars have to share.

Monday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. CST and can be seen regionally on FSN Wisconsin.

Heat/Bucks: LeBron James leads streaking Miami to BC (Brew Hoop, Dec. 5, 2010)
Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks- Box Score (ESPN, Dec. 04, 2010)