Warriors flat in Monta's return, fall 120-98

March 17, 2012, 4:46 am
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Bucks 120, Warriors 95Player of the game: Luc Mbah a Moute, making only his 15th start of the season, had his way with the Warriors on the interior. Mbah a Moute scored a career-high 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting to go along with 17 rebounds.For the game, the Bucks outrebounded the Warriors 54-35.They destroyed us, Warriors coach Mark Jackson. They treated us like we were their little brothers. They dominated the paint, scored 120 points. You talk about 33 assists and they manhandled us on the boards. Any way you look to define being thoroughly outplayed and physically beaten up, we made a case for.
Key stretch: The game was won and lost late in the first quarter. With the Bucks holding an 18-12 run, they proceeded to finish the period on a 13-0 run to take a 19-point lead after a period. The Warriors made a marginal run in the second quarter, but the outcome was never in doubt.Ellis honored: Monta Ellis got a standing ovation when he was introduced with the Bucks starters. He was cheered throughout the game and was honored with a video tribute at the first timeout.Jackson took issue with the notion that his team might have been caught up in Ellis return.The mindset should be Hello. Good to see you. Congratulations. Now hit the deck and lets go. Im going to go at you Jackson said. Obviously that wasnt the mindset. We took all the punches and threw none. We didnt make the team we were playing against feel us and it was an embarrassing effort.Ellis under control: Former Warriors Monta Ellis played 38 minutes and shot just 6-for-15 from the field. But he was 6-for-6 from the line and was content to allow his teammates to contribute.Ekpe Udoh, who was also traded in the deal, went scoreless in 19 minutes but had four rebounds and a block.Awful start: Perhaps it was the Monta Ellis hangover, but the Warriors got off to a terrible start against the Bucks. The Warriors shot 25 percent in the first quarter and fell behind 31-12.Ellis played the entire first quarter and was selective with his shot selection. Ellis went 2-for-5 in the period from the field, but got to the line four times and converted all four.Bucks coach Scott Skiles had said before the game that if he sensed Ellis was overly excited or not playing his game that he might remove Ellis early and then bring him back minutes later.There was no need for Skiles to do that.Bogut introduced: Andrew Bogut was introduced to the media on Friday night before the game, and he said hes getting healthy and that hes making progress with his broken left ankle.Elbow is fine, Bogut said of last seasons elbow injury. I had a scope at the end of the season. I had played through a lot of pain, but I havent had any issues since. I have a scan in two weeks and it will let us know if that bone has settled down and fallen back into place. Its a delicate situation because if you come back too early from an injury, you might have to have another surgery. Well be real careful with it.

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