Week In Review: Milwaukee Bucks End Month 2nd In Central

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Nov 25, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Zaza Pachulia (27) shoots against Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday, Nov. 25: Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks

Tuesday night brought the second meeting of the year between Detroit and Milwaukee.

Their last contest saw Detroit winning by seven, thanks to strong rebounding; especially on the offensive glass.

We saw a role reversal for Milwaukee in the rematch.

The Bucks defeated the Pistons 98-86.  One of the biggest reasons for the win was how Milwaukee dominated the glass this time.  Milwaukee out-rebounded Detroit 50-36, including an impressive 19 offensive boards.

Offensive rebounding in the fourth quarter allowed Milwaukee to reset the shot clock and slowly suffocate Detroit on the defensive end.

Fox Sports Wisconsin beat writer Andrew Gruman tweeted a very fitting stat at the end of Tuesday night’s game.  In Milwaukee’s two previous losses against Toronto and Washington, the Bucks were out rebounded 110-66.  Milwaukee turned it around and out rebounded a top five rebounding team in Detroit by 14.

The other big reason for Milwaukee’s win was their big night shooting from beyond the arc.  Milwaukee hit ten three pointer’s Tuesday night, including an 8/11 stretch in the second and third quarters.

O.J Mayo had a nice night for Milwaukee, scoring 17 points including 3-of-4 from three and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Giannis Antetokounmpo however, has seen better games.  Giannis scored only two points, went 1-for-13 from the field, and was in foul trouble for most of the game.

A weakness I mentioned last week, and continued to see throughout this week, was Milwaukee struggling against opposing teams big men.

Detroit’s big man Andre Drummond posted (at the time) a season high in points with 23 and added 10 rebounds.

Even Jon McGlocklin noticed the big man’s dominance during the telecast, saying Drummond was “feasting in the paint tonight.”

While Milwaukee won the game, it’s not a coincidence that big men have found success down low, as you’ve seen already and will continue to see this week.

Even though big men seem to always get their’s against the Bucks, the win put Milwaukee at 8-7 for the year.

Milwaukee’s next game was in Minneapolis to play the T’wolves.