NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 19th
(All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (6-2) at Charlotte Bobcats (4-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - First-half success has helped the Milwaukee Bucks remain
unbeaten in their last three games and they'll try to maintain their hot
starts Monday against the much-improved Charlotte Bobcats.
Milwaukee has scored 60-plus points before halftime in each of its past three
games and came out on top in a 117-113 shootout with New Orleans on Saturday
at the Bradley Center. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings each had 22 points and
nine assists, helping the Bucks improve to 6-2 on the season.
Mike Dunleavy added 17 points and Samuel Dalembert had 15 in a winning cause
for Milwaukee, which sank a season-high 13-of-25 3-pointers and scored 25
points on 20 turnovers by the Hornets.
The Bucks were 11-1 a season ago when making at least 10 3-pointers.
"It was almost like an old Western Conference game -- high-scoring," Dunleavy
said. "It was 91-91 at the end of the third, and there just wasn't a whole lot
of defense being played."
The Bucks are off to their best start since a 7-1 record back in 2001-02, and
all five starters scored in double figures for the first time this season.
Milwaukee is 3-0 on the road this season, the best start to a road schedule
since winning four in a row as the guest in 2001-02. It will visit the Miami
Heat Wednesday. In other Bucks news, Jennings is first in the NBA in steals
with 3.25 per game and has recorded multiple steals in eight of his last nine
contests dating back to last season.
Charlotte is still three wins shy of last season's total (7-59) and will
resume its four-game homestand Monday.
The Bobcats had a season-best three-game winning streak cut short with
Saturday's 94-87 loss to Memphis, as Byron Mullens' 18 points and Kemba
Walker's 17 weren't enough to pull the team out of a 17-point hole in the
fourth quarter. Walker has scored in double figures in each of the team's
Charlotte had 18 turnovers converted into 25 points for the Grizzlies.
Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Ramon Sessions scored 12 points apiece for a
Charlotte team that shot 37.6 percent. Hakim Warrick made his Charlotte debut
and ended with five points and four rebounds.
Charlotte has been playing stingy defense over the previous four games,
holding opponents to 88.5 points per game. Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 13.5
points per game in the past four, while Mullens owns averages of 11.5 points,
and 11.0 rebounds in that stretch.
The Bobcats, who also will host Toronto and Atlanta on this residency, lost
two of three encounters with the Bucks last season and four of six overall.
These two teams have split the 14 meetings in Charlotte.
11/19 10:47:14 ET