Brandon Jennings Takes His Place in Milwaukee Bucks History
If you live outside of the state of Wisconsin, you may have missed Jennings do something that even the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar couldn't do.
Jennings scored 55 points in a single game, surpassing then-named Lew Alcindor's 51-point mark back on Feb. 21, 1970.
The 6-foot-1 point guard from Compton, Calif., did that without recording a single point in the first quarter too.
The Bucks were down 57-49 at the half on Saturday, but Milwaukee's television play-by-play announcer Jim Pachske "had a feeling about the game."
Boy, did he swing and hit one way out of the park.
As a team, the Bucks shot 83 percent coming out of the half, and Jennings had 29 points in the third quarter. He went 10-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-5 behind the arc.
So much for this kid not being able to shoot the rock, huh.
Jennings would lead the Bucks to scoring 43 third quarter points, and build an eight-point lead with 12 minutes to play.
He had a chance to break Michael Redd's team-high of 57 points (that came in a loss to the Utah Jazz), but he would settle for 55 and, more importantly, the win.
Jennings finished 21-for-34 (62 percent), including 7-for-8 from three-point territory. He added five assists and five rebounds.
He is shooting 46 percent from behind the arc and the field this season, and averaging 27.6 ppg and 4.8 apg.
Milwaukee has now won four straight games (5-2), and is halfway through a six-game homestand.
Jennings has been 20 years old for almost two months now, and he is taking the NBA by storm.
He is proving that he's belonged in the league ever since he passed on college and chose to play in Italy.
Jennings will continue to lead Milwaukee, the rest just need to follow the young Buck.
It may be deer season in Wisconsin, but the Bucks are proving to be the hunters early this year, rather than the hunted.
In the 2009 NBA Draft, nine GM's passed on the 19-year old, and I wonder how many are now regretting it? (My guess is nine).
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