The Milwaukee Bucks inability to close games haunted them again Monday night against the short handed Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats came into the game with no center available, missing both Joel Przybilla and DeSagana Diop played makeshift line ups throughout the game, yet they still managed to score the final seven points of the game to beat Milwaukee, 87-86.
Milwaukee came into the game a game back of Charlotte and two games back of the Indiana Pacers for the 8th and final playoff spot. With the Pacers playing just one game above .500 in their last 10 games,and the Bobcats playing right at .500 in their last 10 games, Monday night was the Bucks chance to once again make it a three team race in the East.
Michael Redd made his long awaited return Monday night, after a fourteen month absence due to a knee injury when he tore his MCL and ACL not once but twice. Redd entered the game against Charlotte with 9 minutes 54 seconds left in the first quarter, when Milwaukee was trailing, 5-2. Redd left the game with 1:30 left in the first, he missed his only shot, but did have four assist.
The Bucks had the lead by one at half-time, and then the Bobcats ran off nine straight points early in the 3rd quarter. Brandon Jennings came back with nine straight points of his own to put the Milwaukee Bucks within two, the Bucks regained the lead on a Luc Richard Mbah a Moute lay in, giving Milwaukee a 60-59 lead with 6:10 left in the third quarter. Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut team up to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 72-65 lead at the end of the third quarter. Brandon Jennings scored 13 of his 26 in that third quarter.
Brandon Jennings opened up the fourth with a layup. A Carlos Delfino three, and a tip in by Drew Gooden, who made his return Monday night, gave the Milwaukee Bucks a 87-78 lead with just under five minutes to play in the game. Unfortunately for Milwaukee Gooden’s bucket would be their last points. Milwaukee was held without a point for the last 3:52 of the game.
Charlotte Bobcats Gerald Henderson scored seven straight points to give Charlotte the lead 87-86 with 22.1 seconds to go in the game. After Brandon Jennings missed a layup, the Charlotte Bobcats took a time out with 11.9 left
Brandon Jennings made a steal on the following Charlotte inbound play, but followed that up with another missed lay in, Milwaukee got the rebound, but Brandon Jennings missed yet another shot when he couldn’t get a three to fall, and a Carlos Delfino tip at the end just wouldn’t go in.