Week In Review: Milwaukee Bucks enter 2015 on good note

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Jan 2, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center John Henson (31) reaches for the ball between Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland (22) and forward Lavoy Allen (5) during the fourth quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Indiana won 94-91. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, Jan. 2: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks

Friday night was a stinker of a game, from both sides; Indiana just stunk a little less.

The Pacers beat the Bucks 94-91.

The Bucks had a rough time getting the ball to go in the basket in the first quarter.  Milwaukee was 9-of-25 from the field and seemed to be settling for a lot of jump shots.

It was one of those games that you were watching and just asking yourself when Milwaukee was going to take over.  When were the Bucks going to kick it up a notch and pull away from the ninth seed in the east?  They never did.

Milwaukee kept it competitive, but the end of the game consisted of a lot of fouling, making shots, and more fouling.

On the bright side, Milwaukee got double-doubles from two of their big men.  Zaza Pachulia scored 12 points and hauled in 14 boards while John Henson scored 14 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Since Larry Sanders has been absent from the team for “personal reasons,” Pachulia has really stepped up his game.  Sanders has been out for six games now, and in those six games Pachulia has averaged 12.8 ppg and 10.5 rpg.

It’s been a common theme with this team.  If one player goes down, another one steps up.  This team isn’t focused on a player or two.  It needs all 12 members to function at its highest potential.  I think that’s why this team is so fun to watch.

After the loss, Milwaukee dropped to 17-17.

Their next game was Sunday evening at Madison Square Garden to play against the Knicks.

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