It was billed as the big Knight – MCW matchup, unfortunately someone forgot to tell Knight who in his first game against the Bucks since being traded was 3-10 for 9 points. The Suns failed to put the Bucks away for good despite being up big late in the game. The Suns bench was the story of the first half cutting into an early Bucks lead for the game Phoenix won the bench battle 43-23. John Henson was able to anchor the defense and put up a solid stat line of 8p/6r/4b/2a. Giannis was a late scratch with knee tendinitis and the Bucks defense definitely missed him. A big basket late by Monroe gave the Bucks a lead for good. Today it looked like the Bucks won the Brandon Knight trade in a landslide.
Sun of the Game: TJ Warren
TJ got off to a hot start off the bench early and anchored a big run that gave the Suns the lead from partway thru the first until late into the fourth. He was tied for the Sun’s scoring lead at a decent 18 points on 13 shots. Eric Bledsoe played well enough, but the team could not get it going with him on the court leading to an ugly -25 differential.
Buck of the Game: Khris Middleton
Shoutout to MCW who kept up his solid play with a 20p/9r/6a/1s/1b, but Khris was key to the run in the second half and he gets the recognition tonight. An under appreciated story on the season is Khris’s development into a play maker he had 7 assists tonight and is sporting a markedly higher AST% on the season.
The Bucks return to home to face the Philadelphia 76ers on December 23rd.