Luc Hot, but Bucks Fall

One more point, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute would have collected his second straight double-double. Instead, No. 12 and the Milwaukee Bucks would come up a little short.

The Bucks fought hard and were able to overcome a 20-9 first-quarter deficit, but couldn’t equal the shooting efforts of the Detroit Pistons in the final quarter. With big help from Ben Gordon, Detroit shot 65 percent from the field in the fourth en-route to their 93-81 win.

Luc Richard had the type of performance that Bucks’ fans are getting used to on Tuesday night.

Luc scoring two of his nine points against Detroit (Getty Images).

No. 12 dropped nine points while grabbing 11 boards. Though the Bucks lost the game, they received very efficient play from Luc.

During the 38 minutes that Luc Richard was on the court, the power forward received a Plus 2 rating. The (+/-) column on the stat sheet denotes the team’s net points during the time any given player is on the floor. No. 12 received the +2 because while he was on the court, the Bucks outscored the Pistons 72-70.

Luc continues to show how valuable he is night after night.

Alex Boeder of took notice of No. 12’s performance:

“Luc Mbah a Moute. A more typical Prince points sum of nine following his offensive outburst against Indiana, but 4-8 from the field will do. That is what the team wants, needs—that modest offensive output—and he delivered. Not a standout defensive performance like we’ve seen, but he was active, gathering 11 rebounds, six on the offensive glass.”

Luc Richard joined Charlie Bell as the only other Bucks’ player that shot at least 50% from the field. In comparison, the Pistons had three starters and two reserve players that shot at least 50%. described the Bucks’ rough start, while complimenting Luc and his teammate Bell:

“The Bucks shot just 16 percent in the first quarter, 37 percent for the game and just two players—Charlie Bell (5-of-8) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (4-of-8) had anything resembling decent shooting nights for the Bucks.”

The Bulls, Bobcats and Heat all won last night to increase their lead on the 6th, 7th, and 8the spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race by one game each. Wednesday night the Bucks travel to New Jersey where they take on the Nets for the third of a four game season series. The Bucks have blown out the Nets twice this season by a combined differential of 36.

This game becomes a must-win heading into the week long All-Star Break. Tip-off is at 6:30 CST and can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

Recap: Pistons 93, Bucks 81 (BrewHoop, Feb. 9, 2010)
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Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Box Score (ESPN, Feb. 9, 2010)
Bucks- Nets Preview (CBS Sports, Feb. 10, 2010)…