Sanders scores career-high 24, Bucks rout Bobcats

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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Ellis had 16 points in the second half.

"When he got to the lane, he found his guys and they made shots," Walker said. "He pretty much dominated the game."

Bucks coach Jim Boylan called Ellis' performance "unbelievable."

"His intensity level is extremely high," Boylan said. "He's playing as hard as he can play and he's doing a whole bunch of things at both ends of the floor. You can't really ask a guy to give you much more than he's giving you right now."

The same could be said of Sanders.

"He is rolling to the basket more," Ellis said. "He is setting a screen and getting off of it. He is just taking his opportunity."

Both teams were short-handed.

Charlotte played without forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who had "to take care of some personal business at home," Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said before the game.

Kidd-Gilchrist, the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, was coming off one of his better nights as a pro, with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting and nine rebounds against Philadelphia on Saturday. Also, center Byron Mullens missed his third straight game with a sore left ankle, center Brendan Haywood missed his ninth straight with a left foot stress reaction, and guard Ramon Sessions missed his 13th with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Milwaukee was without forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who missed the game due to an undisclosed illness.

Jennings didn't play in the fourth quarter, but he said he wasn't upset about it.

"It's cool, I guess," Jennings said of the Bucks' high-scoring night. "From where I was looking at, it looked like it was fun. Monta was out there really getting guys involved, and we were able to knock down shots tonight. . It was a fast-paced game. We had 100 points at the end of the third. Everybody was getting kind of easy buckets."

NOTES: The Bucks' magic number for clinching a playoff berth moved to three games. "I don't really look at the standings, the seeds and all that," Sanders said. "Keep playing well, and we'll be in the playoffs." ... Ilyasova, who scored 29 points against Oklahoma City on Saturday, has scored at least 20 in three straight and six of his last eight games. ... Milwaukee's 69 first-half points were its most in a first half this season and equaled the most points Charlotte has allowed in a first half this year. ... The game got off to an odd start, as referee Bill Kennedy took an inadvertent elbow to the head from Sanders during the opening tipoff. He stayed in the game after going to one knee for a couple of minutes.