No. 12 and the Milwaukee Bucks are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference . Tuesday night, they proved their mettle with a come-from-behind win over one of the East’s top teams.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Bucks improved to 34-29 on Tuesday night with an 86-84 victory over the perennial Eastern Conference title contending Boston Celtics.
With the home win, Milwaukee solidified its hold on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and Boston is a team they could see come playoff time.
The Bucks were keyed by their continued superb play on the defensive side of the ball against Boston. That strong defense, limiting the Celtics to less than 85 points for only the third time this season, led Milwaukee to their 10th win in their last 11 games, as Head Coach Scott Skiles conveyed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
« We were really sharp on the defensive end. It was not an easy game for us, it was back and forth, a physical game…we needed our defense to keep us in the game, and it did. »
No. 12 added two points to his four rebounds and played tight defense, marking up on Celtics veteran power forward Kevin Garnett, said Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop:
« Garnett (14/10) was a tough cover, but Luc Mbah a Moute and the Bucks mostly held him in check and KG only made one bucket in the final 16 minutes of regulation. »
Luc secured three crucial rebounds in the third quarter, allowing the Bucks to keep pace with the Cs before finally pulling away late.
Luc and the Bucks look for their fifth win in a row when they take on Carlos Boozer and the Utah Jazz at home in the Bradley Center Friday night. Tip-off is at 7:30 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.
Recap: Bucks 86, Celtics 84 (Brew Hoop, March 9,2010)
Bucks’ victory comes with emphasis (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 9, 2010)