It came just five days into the season and it came against the team that lead the NBA in team defense last season and it was also the first in the players young career. Last night the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Charlotte Bobcats in what will be a night that Brandon Jennings will not soon forget, if he ever forgets it at all.
Early last season, Jennings wowed the NBA world when he dropped 55 points as a rookie in just his seventh game. Even he admits that his first career triple-double trumps that effort. “This is my best game since I’ve been in the NBA just the fact that I had a nose for the ball and I was being unselfish and I was everywhere. I was being a floor general tonight.” Jennings finished the game with 20 points on 6-8 shooting including all three three-pointers he attempted, ten rebounds, and ten assists helping the Bucks to their first win of the season 98-88.
Jennings’ most productive quarters were the first and third. He tallied five points, three rebounds, and five dimes in the first quarter as the Bucks posted a lead of 27-18. In the third quarter he scored seven points, pulled down three rebounds, and dished out three assists. Milwaukee led 73-62 after three.The Bobcats would get within six points of the Bucks in the fourth quarter but not any closer than that.
Charlotte took the lead only once during the game coming mid way through the second quarter on a D.J. Augustin three-pointer making the score 34-33. It was simply not in the cards for the Bobcats last night as Jennings was the main attraction. He had four points in the second quarter to go along with two rebounds and one assist. These statistics were identical to the ones he recorded in the fourth quarter.
One thing is certain this year, with Brandon Jennings continuing to improve his game along with the rest of the sophomores it will be certainly be difficult for the rookies to win this year’s rookie sophomore challenge. Milwaukee’s playoff aspirations are in good hands with Jennings holding the reins.