Luc Turns It Up a Notch

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute wasn’t satisfied with his 16-point performance in the Bucks’ 114-107 win over the Knicks on Friday night.

So No. 12 came back out Saturday night against the Pacers and bested his season-high and recorded his first double-double of the season with 18 points along with 11 rebounds in the team’s 93-81 win.

Luc has turned out two stellar performances at the offensive end of the floor (Getty Images).

Luc Richard’s 18 points were second on the team but his 11 rebounds tied the Pacers’ Troy Murphy for a game high.

Luc’s play made it hard for Head Coach Scott Skiles to take him out, as evidenced by his 43 minutes of play. Luc’s playing time was only matched by Indiana star Danny Granger who had his hands full with No. 12 as Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“He hustles so much, the game just comes to him,” Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of the 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute, now playing a starting power forward role. “He was on the offensive glass and found some things around the basket, and he knocked down a couple jumpers.”

If Luc Richard had just scored 18 points, it would have been enough, but No. 12 got it done on defense. Luc had the tough task of guarding Danny Granger (22.3 PPG) and came through with flying colors.

“They have a lot of movement within their offense, and all of a sudden the ball finds Granger,” Skiles said. “You’ve got to be able to deal with a bunch of screens; you’ve got to be able to play him one-on-one.”

Skiles believes Luc followed the game plan well and executed the perfect defense on Granger.

“He did a nice job of trying to sit on his right hand and obviously was very conscious of not giving up threes. Luc was out and had his heels above the three-point line, and overall it was a big-time defensive game for Luc.”

Luc’s D garnered big ups not only from his coach but from both Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Alex Boeder at Said Gardner:

“Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while playing 43 minutes. But that was only half of his outstanding performance, as he also limited Pacers leading scorer Danny Granger to 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

Boeder took it a step further:

“Offensive dynamo (standard introduction, henceforth) Luc Richard Mbah a Moute popped in a season-high 18 points on 7-9 from the field and 4-4 from the line, along with 11 rebounds.

An offensive night for the ages, and a defensive night as usual. Danny Granger (14 points on 5-14 shooting, -19 differential) carries a heavy offensive burden on a bad team, and that’s frustrating enough. Even more frustrating is having The Principal pawing at your dribble, screening your vision of the hoop, denying your basketball stardom each and every trip down the floor.”

Luc Richard didn’t get as much attention from his 16-point performance in Friday’s win in New York much in part to Ersan Ilyasova’s 25 points off the bench and the migraine that took center Andrew Bogut out of the game less than seven minutes in.

However, No. 12 played a huge role in the win, dropping in 6-of-7 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws. On top of his terrific shooting performance, Luc grabbed six boards, and registered two steals and two blocks.

With just two games left before the All-Star game, the Bucks will get a chance for a break and a possible playoff spot. Milwaukee sits as the No. 9 team in the East, but just one game back from the No. 6 spot.

Luc Richard and the Bucks return home Tuesday night to take on the struggling Pistons. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

Saturday game report: Pacers at Bucks (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 7, 2010)
Recap: Bucks 93, Pacers 81 (Brew Hoop, Feb. 7, 2010)
Whole Package (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 6, 2010)