Luc Richard Mbah A Moute was tasked with defending one of the NBA’s leading scorers on Saturday night, but challenges always make Luc bring his best.
No. 12 was back in the starting five for the third straight game and played 39 big minutes, providing tight defense on Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis. But while his defense was the ex-factor, he also had time to pour in six points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help his short-handed Milwaukee Bucks team to a 79-72 victory at home.
Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was quick to praise Luc’s performance, especially his work on Ellis, as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
« Luc Mbah a Moute did a good job on Monta Ellis; it’s not easy guarding that guy. I’d put him at the top right now as one of the hardest guys to guard in the NBA. He just goes and he can score at will. »
But their would be no scoring at will for Ellis, who Luc and company held to 24 points on 16 shots.
Milwaukee’s starters were forced to stretch their minutes on Saturday night due to injuries that limited the Bucks’ depth and No. 12 was one of four starters with double digits in rebounding along with Andrew Bogut (17), Brandon Jennings (11) and Drew Gooden (10). Luc also dished out three assists and iced the game late in the fourth quarter.
With just 21 seconds left, and the Warriors still down five, Golden State was forced to foul. They put Luc Richard on the foul line, where he was already 2-of-3 on the night, to shoot two. With two swishes, The Prince put the lead at seven and out of reach of the visitors.
Their third straight victory pushes the Bucks back to .500 at 5-5, just one game back of the Chicago Bulls in the Central division standings. With another stellar performance No. 12 also found his way on to Brew Hoop blogger, Alex Boeder’s « Three Good » portion of Saturday’s game recap.
« Onward, Forwards. After starting frequently at power forward last season, Luc Mbah a Moute is looking more and more comfortable starting at small forward, which shouldn’t surprise considering his versatility. Mbah a Moute delivered a classic Mbah a Moute performance, notching a 6/12/3 line on 1-2 shooting while guarding most everyone, including Monta Ellis. »
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers make their first and only trip to Milwaukee on Tuesday night as the Bucks look to extend their win streak to four games.
Bryant will be in for a long night with Luc Richard shadowing his every move. Game time is 7:00 p.m. CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.