Maybe all Brandon Jennings needed to snap out of a season-long funk in the second game of back-to-backs was a little good old-fashioned trash talking.
Scoring 13 points in the first half, Bulls guard Nate Robinson was feeling pretty good. One of the league's best talkers, Robinson let Jennings have it.
35 points later, Jennings fueled another second half comeback at the United Center as the Bucks moved to 2-0 under new head coach Jim Boylan with a 104-96 victory over Chicago. The Bucks are 2-0 in Chicago for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
"He was talking trash in the first half and it kind of lit my fire," Jennings said. "I just came out in the second half and just did what I do best."
20 of his season-high 35 points came in the third quarter, as Milwaukee turned a seven-point halftime deficit into a four-point lead heading to the fourth.
Jennings entered Wednesday averaging just 11.6 points on 28.7 percent shooting when playing in the second game of back-to-backs. Jennings' struggles haven't been the lone factor in Milwaukee's 2-6 record in those games, but they certainly haven't helped the cause.
Maybe Robinson's mouth was just the jolt Jennings – and the Bucks – needed.
"I don't know what set him off," Boylan said. "(Those) are two guys that like to talk a lot and you put them in a room together, something is going to happen. Nate had it going for a while in the first half. Sometimes that gets (Brandon's) motor going a little bit so he kind of went back at him."
Bucks' Jennings explodes in win over Bulls
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