New York at Milwaukee

Bogut, Bucks too hot for Knicks to stop

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- When a rookie praises a veteran, it might be self-serving. Brandon Jennings' description of Andrew Bogut was right on.

Bogut scored a season-high 22 points and had eight rebounds to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks 102-87 on Saturday night.

"Bogut was on fire," said Jennings, drafted 10th overall in June. "He's been playing real well. We need that every night from him. Now that Michael Redd is down, he's picking up the scoring a little for us, and that's helping us out a lot."

Redd is expected to miss two weeks because of a strained tendon in his left knee.

The Bucks (3-2) lost the opening tip, but nothing else as Milwaukee shot 74 percent and used a 23-2 surge to pull away. The Bucks led 40-22 after the first quarter.

"Then they just went on a stretch where they made everything," Knicks guard Chris Duhon said. "Once you give a team four or five open shots, then they start making tough shots and it just weighs on you. We just got to figure out a way to start off better."

The scoring burst clearly surprised the Knicks.

"I think we were all stunned," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I've taken a licking before, but I don't know what's worse that that."

A missing defense, perhaps.

"They kept giving us a lot of open shots," Jennings said. "They were giving us so many easy shots."

Duhon was struggling so bad that D'Antoni took him out.

"He had every right to take me out," Duhon said after scoring one point on 0-for-4 shooting in 20 minutes.

Duhon was asked if there was something wrong with the team.

"I don't know," he said. "We just got to continue to figure it out. It's just one of those things where we're struggling in many ways. The only way you can get out of it is just fighting through it."

Bogut played his best game so far this season after a lower back injury sent him to the bench last January. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Timberwolves on Friday.

"Physically I'm 100 percent," Bogut said after shooting 8 for 14 in 31 minutes of action. "It's more of getting that mental rhythm back of the NBA game, the travel, the back-to-backs, get used to that again. Otherwise, I feel fine."

Jodie Meeks, Milwaukee' second-round pick in June, whose previous best was six points, had 19 points. Jennings, who had just nine points in the Bucks' 87-72 victory at Minnesota on Friday night, added 17 points.

David Lee had 18 points and seven rebounds for New York (1-6).

Toney Douglas added 16 points for New York, Danilo Gallinari had 15 and Larry Hughes 14. Al Harrington, the Knicks' leading scorer with 22.3 points a game, was 1 of 7 for five points.

Notes

  • The Knicks opened the 2002-03 with a 1-8 record and finished fifth in the Atlantic with a 37-45 mark.
  • Bucks had 22 points in the paint in the first quarter while the Knicks had 4.
  • The Bucks shot 60 percent (27-45) in the first half to the Knicks' 34.2 percent (13-38) and outrebounded New York 28-13 behind Bogut's eight rebounds and Hakim Warrick's five.
  • Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 13 rebounds.
  • Before the game, D'Antoni make comparisons between Jennings, who was still on the board when New York chose Hill. "It's too early to make an assessment," D'Antoni said, but then added about Jennings, "We knew he was good."
  • The Bucks (3-2) are the only team in the NBA to hold all of their opponents to less than 100 points.
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Bucks center Andrew Bogut scores a season-high 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting. (Getty Images)
Bucks center Andrew Bogut scores a season-high 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
New York (1-6) 2213232987
Milwaukee (3-2) «40261719102
NY:D. Lee 18 Pts
NY:D. Lee 7 Reb
NY:C. Duhon 4 Ast
MIL:A. Bogut 22 Pts
MIL:E. Ilyasova 13 Reb
MIL:L. Ridnour 4 Ast
Players of the Game
MilwaukeeNew York

A. Bogut

D. Lee
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
22841874
New York
W. Chandler, SF361-101-24133
D. Lee, PF359-200-174318
L. Hughes, SG315-83-424014
D. Gallinari, SF305-72-222315
C. Duhon, PG200-41-22401
A. Harrington, PF221-73-34245
J. Jeffries, PF170-20-05220
T. Douglas, PG176-90-001216
J. Hill, PF132-63-36037
M. Landry, PF123-50-02016
D. Milicic, PF71-20-00112
E. Curry, CDid Not Play
N. Robinson, PGDid Not Play
C. Mobley, SGDid Not Play
Totals 33-8013-1734212287
 41.2%76.5% 
Milwaukee
A. Bogut, C318-146-684222
C. Delfino, SG283-70-08118
B. Jennings, PG267-163-343217
H. Warrick, PF224-61-27129
C. Bell, SG212-50-02115
J. Meeks, SG277-110-031119
L. Mbah a Moute, SF261-60-05032
E. Ilyasova, SF233-70-013426
L. Ridnour, PG185-120-014310
D. Gadzuric, C140-11-33011
R. Ukic, SG31-31-20103
F. Elson, CDid Not Play
K. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
M. Redd, SGDid Not Play
J. Alexander, SFDid Not Play
Totals 41-8812-16542018102
 46.6%75.0% 
Other Games
Den 100 Final
Atl 125
Bos 86 Final
NJ 76
Char 90 Final
Chi 93
Tor 101 Final
Dal 129
Sac 104 Final
Utah 99
Mem 110 Final
LAC 113