It takes a formula
Bucks need three things to get wins
By: Corby Yarbrough | 12/15/10, 4:51 PM EST
Milwuakee's Brandon Jennings
In the Milwaukee Bucks' 10 wins this season there has been a consistent formula.
At least one player has 15 points, five rebounds and five assists or blocks. Brandon Jennings leads the team with six of these games, Andrew Bogut and John Salmons each have two, and Ersan Ilyasova has chipped in with one. In Monday's win that snapped Dallas' 12-game winning streak, Jennings had his fourth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 assists, and he grabbed five rebounds.
Of note on ending the Mavs' streak, it is the fifth time in Bucks history that they have ended a run of at least 12 wins. The most famous instance came when Milwaukee ended the Lakers' NBA-record 33-game winning streak on Jan. 9, 1972. The Bucks also ended 12-plus game streaks by the Celtics (1973, 12), 76ers (1983, 14) and Spurs (2007, 13).
ATLANTA: Josh Smith is seventh in the NBA in blocks per game (2.19), and third in total blocks (57). He already has five games with five or more blocks — the Hawks are 5-0 in those games — after recording just four such games last season. Atlanta is 13-3 this season when he records multiple blocks in a game.
CHARLOTTE: The Bobcats enter Wednesday's game with Memphis with a franchise record of 197-319 through 516 games. Charlotte is four shy of reaching 200. Of the seven expansion teams since 1988, the Bobcats have a chance to be the second-fastest to 200 wins, behind only the Magic, who reached the mark in their 460th game.
CHICAGO: Derrick Rose is currently the only player in the NBA who is averaging 25 points and eight assists per games this season. Last season, Rose was the first Bull to average at least 20 points and six assists since 1991-92, when Michael Jordan (30.1 and 6.1) and Scottie Pippen (21 and 7) each posted those averages.
CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers rank No. 1 in the NBA in bench scoring, averaging 43 points per game. Cleveland's bench has outscored its opponents in all but eight games this season. On the year, the Cavs bench has outscored their opponents 43-32.9 per game.
DETROIT: Pistons rookie center/forward Greg Monroe started his first career NBA game in Minnesota Dec. 10 and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. The last time a Pistons rookie grabbed 15 rebounds was Nov. 15, 1995 when Theo Ratliff pulled down 15 against Seattle.
INDIANA: In his first 16 games of the 2010-11 season, Mike Dunleavy blocked just six shots and no more than one in any outing. In the last six games, however, Dunleavy has rejected nine shots and blocked two in four of the last six games.
MIAMI: The Heat are in the midst of a nine-game winning streak, their longest of the season. It's the longest streak for the franchise since winning nine straight from March 20-April 7, 2010. Miami has won all nine by double digits, besting its previous streak of six straight double-digit wins that came Feb. 11-Feb. 23, 1999. The last NBA team to record nine straight double-digit wins was Cleveland (Nov. 22-Dec. 9, 2008). The Heat's current streak of 10-plus-point wins is one shy of the NBA record. That record is held by Houston (2007-08), New Jersey (2003-04) and Washington (1946-47).
NEW JERSEY: Anthony Morrow had made a 3-pointer in 21 straight games before Tuesday night. The sharphsooter played just 33 seconds in New Jersey's loss to Philadelphia and did not get a shot off. He strained his hamstring and will reportedly be out 2-3 weeks. Only two other Nets have ever had a streak of at least 20 games in which they made a 3-point field goal (Jason Kidd and Kerry Kittles).
PHILADELPHIA: Despite a record of 9-15, the Sixers have actually scored 12 more points than the opposition this season and have 55 more field goals made but 103 fewer free throws made. Philadelphia, Indiana and Houston are currently the only teams with losing records that have a positive scoring margin.
TORONTO: Through 25 games, the Raptors' offense ranks eighth in the league in scoring (102.4) while shooting .465 (965-of-2,076) from the field. Fast-break points have played a major part of Toronto’s offense, as they rank first in the league at 19.8 points, accounting for 19.3 per cent of Raptor points.
WASHINGTON: Through the first 23 games of the season, JaVale McGee is averaging career highs in points (10.1), rebounds (8.5) and blocks per game (2.3). McGee has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in nine games this season and has blocked at least one shot in 21 of 23 games played. The third-year center has posted seven double-doubles on the season. McGee ranks second in the NBA in games with four or more blocks with six.
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