No. 12, Bucks Down Heat Again

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute helped the Milwaukee Bucks handle the Heat for the second straight game Monday night.

After Dwayne Wade scored the game’s first 11 points the Bucks ended the first quarter on a 21-6 streak and never looked back, running away to a 97-81 win.

Luc Richard played 18 minutes, scoring four points and playing a part in holding D-Wade to just 12 points after his one-man streak to start the game.

Pete Pelegrin of the Miami Herald wrote:

The Bucks did manage to cool Wade off after the Heat guard’s first 11 points. He did not score again until there was 3:19 left in the second quarter. Milwaukee alternated Bell and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute guarding Wade in the first half.

No. 12 also picked up a five boards, three on the offensive side of the ball, and one big assist on a go-ahead three-pointer to rookie Brandon Jennings in the first quarter.

Luc Richard’s name came up on the forums of this past month when fans started debating who the league’s most underrated and overrated defenders are. Senior member “Build Ford Tough” offered this explanation for No. 12:

“A name that should definitely be mentioned among underrated is Luc Richard Mbah A Moute of the bucks. He has been terrific defensively this season. He has everybody from Dwyane Wade to LeBron James to Carmelo Anthony to Kobe Bryant to Dirk Nowitzki to Chris Bosh this season and he has done a damn good job on every single one of them. The guy’s length, quickness and anticipation is second to none. If he was playing on a bigger market team I [guarantee] that people would be calling him one of the [game’s] best perimeter defenders.”

Luc Richard and the Bucks look to avoid the season sweep against Dwight Howard and the Magic Tuesday night. Tip-off is 6:00 CST and can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

Sliding Miami Heat falls to Bucks for second time (Miami Herald, Feb. 2, 2010)
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat- Box Score (ESPN, Feb. 1, 2010)