Hermann leads Bobcats past Bucks
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Walter Herrmann scored a career-high 30
points and pulled down nine rebounds to pace Charlotte to a 113-92 rout of the
Alan Anderson posted a career-best 24 points and Derek Anderson 21 for the
Bobcats, who won for the third time in four contests. They have one game
remaining in the season, home against New York on Wednesday.
That will mark the final game for Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff. Michael
Jordan, managing member of basketball operations, announced last month that
Bickerstaff will not return as the team’s head coach next year.
As for Herrmann, he finished the night 12-of-15 from the field, including
6-of-8 from three-point range.
“He’s getting on a lot of people’s nerves,” Bickerstaff said of Herrmann.
“He’s aggressive; he doesn’t allow you to run your routes. When you keep
people out of their sweet spots, it scrubs what you want to do and that’s what
Charlotte had great distribution by tying a season-high with 39 assists, led
by 11 from Jeff McInnis. The Bobcats shot 60 percent from the field.
“We weren’t holding the ball,” Alan Anderson said. “We caught the ball, we
moved it, we went to the basket and didn’t hesitate.”
Maurice Williams had 16 points for Milwaukee, which had dropped 12 of its last
14 games. Dan Gadzuric added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, while
Lynn Greer also scored 14.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do within the shell of our defense,” Bucks coach
Larry Krystkowiak said. “There’s no game plan at all tonight to double-team
the post, and yet we’ve got people running down there and double-teaming.”
Ruben Patterson’s two free throws brought the Bucks within 67-62 with 5:18
remaining in the third quarter, but the Bobcats responded with an 11-1 spurt
to pull away for good. Herrmann banged in a three-pointer during the spurt.
Charlotte’s lead stood at 86-70 going into the fourth and the Bobcats led by
no less than nine the rest of the way. A three by Williams pulled Milwaukee
within 88-79, but Herrmann’s three made it 93-79 with 9:27 left.
Raymond Felton scored 13 and had nine assists for the Bobcats, who also got 10
points from Emeka Okafor.
Earl Boykins had 13 points, while Charlie Bell and Patterson each had 10 for
the Bucks, who committed 23 turnovers.
Milwaukee held a 28-27 edge after the opening quarter before the Bobcats went
in front 54-51 at the break. Herrmann jammed and then added a layup in the
final minute to give his team the lead.
The Bobcats ended 9-of-17 from three-point range…The season series ended
2-2, but the Bucks own a 9-2 edge in the all-time matchup.