Brandon Jennings can block a shot every now and then. But the Milwaukee Bucks point guard picked the perfect moment to reject a three-point shot by Detroit's Will Bynum, helping the Bucks escape with a 92-90 victory Tuesday night before a sparse crowd at the Bradley Center. Jennings raced over to the right corner to erase Bynum's potential go-ahead three, knocking it out of bounds with 16.2 seconds remaining and the Bucks leading, 90-88. The Pistons took a timeout and Austin Daye launched a long three that missed, and Jennings secured Milwaukee's victory with two free throws with 5.9 seconds left. The relief was palpable in the Bucks locker room after they ended a two-game skid, winning despite missing starters Andrew Bogut and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and key reserve Ersan Ilyasova. Bogut was out due to a left rib-cage injury, Mbah a Moute had the flu and Ilyasova was still out after suffering a concussion in practice Friday. "A win always feels good," said Bucks guard John Salmons. "We were short-handed today, but we came out with a lot of energy from the beginning of the game. "That's something we've been struggling with all year, making plays down the stretch, offensively or defensively. We did it today and hopefully that's a step forward for us." Jennings bounced back from a four-point, two-assist effort against Chicago on Saturday, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and his critical block in 36 minutes. "When you ask for something in public, of course you know the coach is going to challenge you and see what you've got," Jennings said. "I had to answer to it tonight. I knew that was coming. I had to go out there and contribute." Jennings referred to his comments after Saturday's loss when he said he no longer was the "go-to guy" for the Bucks the way he was last season. Bucks coach Scott Skiles said before the game he thought the comments were made out of frustration, but they clearly still were on Jennings' mind. "You could tell with him (Skiles) running plays and me having the ball, I had to make plays for the team," Jennings said. "If you're going to say you want to be the go-to guy, then when they put the ball in your hand you've got to contribute, which is just making plays down the stretch." Jon Brockman brought his usual energy and grabbed seven offensive rebounds while scoring eight points in a starting role. Larry Sanders made just 1 for 6 from the field but contributed eight rebounds and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Jennings leaps into action to lead way for Bucks
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Mar 2