Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks shook off a Wednesday night loss to the Clippers, and bounced back with two straight road wins over the weekend.
Luc connected on 3-7 shooting, and was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line in Saturday night’s 102-97 win over Denver. No. 12 finished with 12 points, six boards and two assists.
Bucksketball called Saturday night « the signature road win you hear so much about. » With Andrew Bogut in early foul trouble, the Bucks stepped up big to defeat one of the Western Conference’s best teams, as Jeremy described it:
« The collective efforts of Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Salmons, Brandon Jennings and Thomas were terrific. With Bogut’s minutes limited due to foul trouble, the Bucks were allowing more offensive rebounds than they usually do, but somehow were able to keep it together defensively. »
Added Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
« But the Milwaukee Bucks captured one of their signature victories of a captivating season as they stunned the West’s No. 2 team, the Denver Nuggets, and used stifling defense to grab a 102-97 decision at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night. »
The Bucks opened the weekend in Sacramento where they took out the homebound Kings 114-108 on Friday night.
No. 12 scored four points on 2-4 from the field and pulled in five boards, but he did his best work on defense where he swiped three steals and registered a block to help the Bucks to victory.
A TOUGH COVER
Luc Richard got the call Saturday to try and shut down one of the league’s most prolific scorers in Carmelo Anthony.
As Gardner wrote, Luc did his job with help from his friends:
« The Bucks used a team effort to try to stymie Anthony, making him earn his points on 10-of-29 shooting. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute guarded him in the fourth quarter, and Salmons and Delfino also took turns against the Denver forward. »
Luc Richard has a lot of respect for Carmelo, and credited his teammates for helping to pick up the slack as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
« He’s a tough player. He’s one of the top candidates for the MVP. He’s got the whole repertoire. He’s so skilled and you’re going to need your whole team to stop a player like that. Every time I thought I was beat, someone was there, Kurt taking charges and Ersan (Ilyasova). »
From February 19th to March 14th, the Bucks won 12 of 13 games.
The only loss that kept them from a sparkling 13-game winning streak was a 106-102 overtime defeat to the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have now won 14 of 16 and have another chance at Atlanta tonight in Milwaukee.
The Hawks just clinched a playoff spot but Luc Richard and the Bucks can simultaneously avenge that lone loss and spoil Atlanta’s clinch party. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 CST and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.
Exhausted Bucks players dig up enough energy (MJS, March 20, 2010)
That Signature Road Win you hear about so much (Bucksketball, March 21, 2010)
Mbah a Moute’s true position: Playmaker? (MJS, March 19, 2010)