Four years ago, John Henson and Chris Wright took the court together at Madison Square Garden in the NIT championship game. Only back then, their jerseys were different colors — Wright was in black representing Dayton and Henson was wearing North Carolina blue. Wright, then a junior, scored 14 points to help lead the Flyers to an 11-point win over Henson's Tar Heels. It wasn't quite as exciting as Dayton's NCAA Tournament run this year, but it was a moment that both players remembered. "When we had my first game actually with the Bucks it was at Madison Square Garden," Wright said. "I was like, 'Does this place ring a bell?' He said, 'I already know, I knew it was coming.'" On Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Henson and Wright again took the court together, this time both donning the Bucks' home white uniform. The tandem provided a powerful spark off the bench, both shooting 7 for 9 with Henson scoring 15 points and Wright scoring 14 — the same total he had on April 1, 2010. Unlike that day in New York, though, both emerged winners as the Bucks claimed their second win against the Cavaliers this season, 119-116. The victory pulled Milwaukee (15-64) within two games of Philadelphia (17-62) at the bottom of the standings with three games to go. Brandon Knight scored 14 of his game-high 24 in the second half to pace to Bucks to their 10th home win. In addition to Knight, Henson and Wright, three other Bucks scored in double figures, including Ramon Sessions, who kicked in 20 points and seven assists. The Bucks started off the game with their best first-quarter performance of the season thanks to the spark off the bench from Henson and Wright. Henson came in first, hitting shots on three straight possessions and adding a free throw on the fourth. "I got going with the first move, the second move I scored, then the third time I scored again," Henson said. "I think it was very important. I think it got the team going a little bit and for me it got me going." Moments after Henson's free throws, Wright checked in and immediately made an impact with four highlight-reel plays at the rim over the final 3 minutes of the first quarter. The final alley-oop of the quarter came on a pass from Henson that Wright had to leap high to get. "First of all, I think because we beat them in the NIT he wanted to make me go get it," Wright said. "But it was good." "I can pass it a little bit, I'm glad he went up and got it," Henson said. "I threw it pretty high, but I knew he could go get that." Late in the first half, Henson put his hand up and asked Wright to return the favor, but Wright opted for a simple bounce pass instead of a lob. Henson finished quietly with a layup.
Bucks take down Cavaliers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Apr 12