Jennings, Ellis lead Bucks past Warriors, 103-93

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2013 at 1:21 am •  Published: March 10, 2013
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The Jennings-Ellis backcourt tandem turned out to be too much.

With the pair taking so much of the attention, Redick capitalized on the double teams the Warriors constantly threw their way. Redick converted a difficult layup while Bogut hammered him to the floor, then hit two 3-pointers to put the Bucks ahead 96-87 with 2:47 to play.

Redick's right ankle twisted awkwardly when he landed. He lay on the floor in pain, limped to the bench with the assist of a trainer but returned when play resumed.

At that point, the game already had been decided — in large part by the flashier Bucks guard.

"Monta has been playing at this level for quite a while now," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "He's really taken off. His intensity for the last two, maybe three weeks has been as good as you can be. I know he was probably up for this game because it has a little extra meaning for him but it's no different than I see just about every night.

Bogut, drafted No. 1 overall in 2005 by the Bucks, hadn't faced his former team since the trade last March that sent Ellis and forward Ekpe Udoh to Milwaukee for the 7-foot center. Bogut has played in 16 of 63 games this season. He missed most while recovering from left ankle surgery and sat out another six recently because of back spasms.

Bogut already had been ruled out for the season with the ankle injury when the Bucks traded him last March. He missed Milwaukee's win a few days later at Golden State and the Bucks' victory over the Warriors in Milwaukee on Jan. 26.

In his second game in Oakland since last year's trade, Ellis received a spirited ovation when he sprinted out for pregame warm-ups and again during introductions. He put together a series of alluring drives off the dribble that stirred the crowd at the start, scoring 10 points in the first quarter.

The Warriors went ahead by eight in the second quarter before Ellis and Jennings juked them all over the floor.

The pair made its biggest marks from long range, though. Jennings made 5 of his first 7 from beyond the arc, and Ellis' bank 3-pointer put Milwaukee ahead 75-66 late in the third quarter, but he declined to elaborate on what he might've said to the owners.

"I never talked noise in my career," Ellis said. "You never know, I might have to come back here and retire. Who knows?"

NOTES: F Malcolm Thomas, signed to a 10-day contract from the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League on Friday, had two rebounds in three minutes. ... Ish Smith had one assist in 3 minutes in his first action since coming over in the trade that also brought Redick from Orlando last month.