Bucks 108, Bobcats 93

The Milwaukee Bucks played with a sense of urgency and came away

with the victory.

Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis

Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds and the

Milwaukee Bucks took command early and beat the Charlotte Bobcats

108-93 on Friday night.

”We’ve got to stay like that,” Daniels said. ”Regardless of

what it is, we’ve got to continue having an urgency. We’ve got to

play with a slight chip on our shoulder.”

Daniels made his fourth consecutive start at small forward as

coach Scott Skiles looked for a way to snap the team out of its

early season slump.

”Every night we come in, we’re pretty much looked at as the

underdogs. So we got to come in looking to be aggressive, attack

teams on both ends offensively and defensively.”

Milwaukee did that against the slumping Bobcats.

Milwaukee led by 13 after the first quarter, 18 at the half and

25 at the end of the third. Leading 98-77 with 6:06 to play, Skiles

cleared the bench. The Bobcats closed to within nine, but never got

any closer.

”At the beginning of the game, we just came ready,” Ilyasova

said. ”Everybody was on task. When we play defense like this, the

offense comes as well.”

Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said that the team’s effort in the

fourth quarter was positive, but the team needed to apply that

pressure earlier and more consistently.

”We spotted them 33 points,” he said of the first quarter.

”We’re running uphill the rest of the way. We’ve got to do

better.”

Ilyasova was 7 of 17 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the free

throw line. Daniels made 7 of 11 shots, including 3 of 3 from

beyond the arc.

”They kept telling me to look to shoot the ball, look to

score,” Daniels said. ”It opened it up for the other guys. That’s

all I was looking to do, was be aggressive.”

Brandon Jennings had 15 points and eight assists and Monta Ellis

added 13 points to help the Bucks.

Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 19 points, Kemba Walker 16

and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 11 points and 11 rebounds for

Charlotte, which has lost six in a row.

”We didn’t come out with a lot of energy tonight,” Henderson

said. ”I think when you play a team like Milwaukee with really

good guards, at home, you have to match that energy.”

Ilyasova set a season high with 12 rebounds and was replaced by

Drew Gooden with 8:23 left. For Gooden, it was his first appearance

of the season.

Milwaukee came in having lost seven of its past nine. The Bucks

averaged 91.9 points per game during this losing stretch after

averaging 101.0 points in their first eight games and going

6-2.

Ellis couldn’t duplicate his performance from the previous

meeting in Charlotte on Nov. 19, when he scored a game-high 31

points.

The game got a bit chippy late in the second quarter.

Brendan Haywood picked up a flagrant-1 foul when he grabbed

Jennings and pulled him away from the Bucks’ basket.

Jennings had stolen the ball from Ramon Sessions and raced down

the court only to be caught from behind by Haywood. Jennings walked

away from Haywood and stood with his teammates at center court. The

referees reviewed the call and left it as a flagrant-1.

After shaking hands with Haywood during the review, Jennings

made one free throw to push the lead to 54-38 with 3:03 left in the

quarter. Jennings scored 11 of his 15 first-half points in the

second quarter.

Daniels, Ellis and Ilyasova scored a combined 25 points to pace

the Bucks’ attack as Milwaukee took a 33-20 lead after one. Daniels

had 10 points, two off his season high.

Notes: A moment of silence was held for Rick Majerus, who died

Dec. 1. He was an assistant coach at Marquette (1971-83) and then

its head coach for the next three seasons. He was a Bucks assistant

coach for the 1986-87 season before becoming the head coach at Ball

State, Utah and Saint Louis. … Bucks G/F Mike Duleavy missed his

second consecutive game and third in the past four with a bruised

left knee. After experiencing discomfort during a pregame

shootaround, he decided against playing.