Nothing has come easy for the 2013-2014 Milwaukee Bucks, and while they were able to defeat the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, that overarching theme stood true. The Bucks needed an insane breakout game from one of their few veterans in order to grab the 104-101 victory, and even with that, they needed to escape in come-from-behind fashion.
Veteran swingman Caron Butler, who came into the game averaging just 10 points a game on 36% shooting, exploded for 30 points on 12-for-21 shooting, and it was a big-time all-court effort from Butler, who also finished with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The way that Caron got to 30 points was quite interesting, as well, as he actually went quite cold from beyond the arc (2-for-10), and needed to reach back into his veteran bag of tricks to produce consistent scoring.
Aside from Butler, it was an extremely balanced attack from the Bucks, as they placed six additional players with 8+ points. Point guard Brandon Knight had the best overall game with 16 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds, but it was much-needed balance from a team that doesn’t have a “go-to” performer of any stretch.
On the Detroit side of the ledger, this is an ugly loss. Dropping any game to the lowly Bucks (who most consider to be the league’s worst team) is bad enough, but it was a hideous performance overall from the Pistons. Josh Smith struggled from the opening tip, finishing 2 of 10 from the field, but while there weren’t any additional struggles from an individual perspective, the team defense left a lot to be desired, and that has been a consistent theme for the Pistons.
This was Milwaukee’s 8th win of the season, and it’ll be very interesting to see if they can even generate 8 more for the rest of the season. Stay tuned.