Jennings' triple double helps Bucks take home opener
Brandon Jennings believes that he played the best game of his young career on Saturday night.
The second-year point guard scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 10 assists en route to his first triple-double in the NBA.
It was 50 weeks ago to the date that Jennings became a household name when he scored 55 points against the Golden State Warriors only seven games in to his rookie season.
But for Jennings, even that could not compare to his performance on Saturday.
"I have to say it was one of my best games since I've been in the NBA," he said. "It's better than the 55. But 20, 10 and 10 for a point guard, that's pretty big."
Jennings' performance also saved the Milwaukee Bucks from beginning the season 0-3 as they defeated the winless Charlotte Bobcats at the Bradley Center, 98-88.
Bucks center Andrew Bogut, who played his first regular season game at home since the horrific fall he suffered on April 3, agrees that Jennings' triple-double topped all previous performances.
"This is the best game I've seen him probably play for us," Bogut said. "I just think more solid as far as distributing and rebounding. 55 is great as far as scoring, but that doesn't mean you played an all-around game. Tonight he played an all-around game."
"He was in there grabbing rebounds, he was vocal, he was chasing guys over screens, and he was the key reason why we won. We needed a couple buckets late in the game and he knocked them down."
Jennings was also efficient on offense, scoring his 20 points on only eight shots. The 21-year-old finished 6-of-8 from the field, including 3-for-3 from three-point range. He also connected on 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
Ilyasova given the night off: Bucks coach Scott Skiles wanted to try something a bit out of the ordinary in hopes of shaking Ersan Ilyasova out of his slump.
Skiles played Ilyasova for only the final 58 seconds of the second quarter, then decided to give him the rest of the night off.
"A lot of times, people don't do it too much in our sport, but in baseball when a guy is slumping he'll get a night off," Skiles explained after the game. "I'm hoping Ers can, and I'm positive he will, work himself out of it."
"He'll get a day of rest tomorrow. He had a heck of a summer and just came right into our training camp and started playing. We'll talk to him a little bit and he'll bounce back."
Ilyasova's minutes have decreased over each of the team's first three regular season games. The 23-year-old forward played nearly 16 minutes in the season-opening loss in New Orleans and had the worst plus/minus number on the team at minus-17.
Ilyasova then played only eight minutes Friday night in the loss at Minnesota, missing each of his four shots.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute didn't give Skiles much of a reason to look elsewhere at the power forward position on Saturday.
Mbah a Moute scored nine points on 4-of-5 from the field to go along with nine rebounds in 35 minutes.
Skiles said before the game that Mbah a Moute was still not completely healthy after a sprained right ankle kept him out for the season opener and four preseason games.
Milwaukee's starting power forward, Drew Gooden, got into early foul trouble and played only 13 minutes while scoring four points.
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