Boykins, Bucks beat Bobcats
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Earl Boykins continued to make an impression
with Milwaukee, as he netted 30 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out
four assists to help lift the Bucks past Charlotte, 99-91.
Boykins was acquired by the Bucks last week in a trade with Denver, and had 11
points and 11 rebounds in his Milwaukee debut last Friday. That was the last
game Milwaukee had played after its tilt with the Hornets was postponed on
Saturday after New Orleans was unable to leave Oklahoma City because of bad
Andrew Bogut had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who ended a five-
game losing streak. Charlie Bell and Ruben Patterson each had 10 points in the
Matt Carroll scored 20 points in the first half, but only knocked down a pair
of free throws in the second for the Bobcats, who had a season-high three-game
winning streak snapped.
Emeka Okafor chipped in with 17 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, which
has never beaten Milwaukee in its franchise’s short history. The Bucks have
captured the eight all-time meetings between the two clubs. Raymond Felton had
14 points and nine assists in defeat.
Tied at 86 in the fourth, Boykins drilled a three-pointer with 4:03 left to
put the Bucks up. Okafor hit two from the line to make it a one-point game,
but Bell quickly countered at the other end to give Milwaukee a 92-88
Charlotte’s Primoz Brezec then turned the ball over, and both clubs missed
their next shot attempts before a Bogut layup padded the Bucks’ lead to six
with 1:46 remaining.
Out of timeouts, Felton missed on a layup try, and Okafor grabbed the
rebound and was fouled. The big man only hit 1-of-2 from the line, though, to
make it 94-89 with 1:39 on the clock.
Okafor made up for his miss as he came up with a steal, but Felton was
whistled for an offensive foul, and Brian Skinner converted a jumper to move
Milwaukee’s lead to seven with under a minute to play.
Adam Morrison missed two tries on the other end for the Bobcats and Boykins
iced the game with a pair of shots from the line with 30 ticks left.
Milwaukee opened up the third by netting 13 of the frame’s first 15 points to
take a 65-53 lead, with Bell’s jumper accounting for the 12-point edge with
A 7-0 run by Charlotte later in the frame cut its deficit to 67-64 with under
3 1/2 minutes remaining, and the Bucks led by a slim margin of 76-74 heading
into the fourth.
A jumper by Okafor put the Bobcats ahead 80-76 early in the fourth, but an 8-2
spurt for the Bucks put them ahead 84-82 with 5:46 to play.
Milwaukee hit its first five shots in the game and led 11-5 early on.
Charlotte responded with a 9-2 run to go in front 14-13. The Bobcats led 27-26
after the first.
A jumper by Carroll gave the Bobcats a 42-37 edge midway though the second
frame. However, Milwaukee netted the next seven points — the last five coming
from Bogut — to go in front by two.
The Bucks eventually carried a 52-51 advantage into the half.
Skinner ended with six points and seven rebounds…Morrison had 11 off the
bench…Milwaukee shot 46.9 percent from the floor, while Charlotte hit on
just 39.5 percent of its shots…The Bobcats haven’t won four straight games
since ending the 2005-06 season with four consecutive wins…Charlotte fell to
1-1 on its current three-game homestand.