COMEBACK KIDS – The Bucks trailed by as many as 14 points against the Raptors on Monday before outscoring
Toronto 30-19 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. The double-digit comeback was nothing new for a Bucks
team that has now rallied from 10+ points down to win 10 times this season, highlighted by Milwaukee's
comeback from an 18-point deficit to beat Miami on Feb. 1. Here's a look at Milwaukee's biggest comebacks this
PARTY OF FIVE – A five-block party has been going on in Milwaukee in recent weeks. The Bucks have posted 5+
blocks in 10 of their last 11 games, led by the shot-swatting duo of Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh. Sanders has led
Milwaukee in blocks a team-high 24 times, while Udoh boasts a league-leading 26 multi-block games as a reserve
SUP-ERSAN – Ilyasova is having a breakout season, posting career highs in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (8.8 rpg), FG% (.492), 3P% (.455), 20-point
games (11) and double-doubles (20). What makes Ersan stand out as a Most Improved candidate, though, is that he's accomplished it all in just 27.6
minutes per game (just two additional minutes than his previous career high). Ersan has been so efficient in his minutes this season that he's on pace to
become the first player to average 12 points and eight rebounds in under 28 minutes per game since a pair of Hall of Famers did so in the early '90s:
|Ersan Ilyasova (MIL)
|Arvydas Sabonis (POR)
|Robert Parrish (BOS)
|Danny Schayes (DEN)
ERSANITY – During the height of Linsanity in New York, Ilyasova produced a historic night of his own just across the Hudson. Ersan erupted for career
highs of 29 points and 25 rebounds in Milwaukee's win over the Nets, becoming the first Bucks player in over 30 years to tally 25+ points and rebounds
in a single game. Ilyasova becomes just the third member of the 25/25 club in Bucks history, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Swen Nater.
DUN-3-VY – The Bucks offense has been a revelation this season, ranking in the top-half of the league in scoring (99.6 ppg, 5th), 100-point games (33,
4th) and offensive rating (103.1, 12th), after finishing 30th in all three categories a season ago. A major reason for the improvement has been the scoring
off the bench from Dunleavy. The veteran has led a 2nd-unit that ranks 9th in the league at 34.0 bench points per game, and his 22 games this season
with 10+ points on 50% or better shooting as a reserve is 7th in the league. Dunleavy shot 56.9% from the field during March, the best mark in the month
for a guard, and his 54.4% accuracy from behind the arc for the month led the league. Dunleavy is at 40.3% from three on the season, tied for the 20thbest
mark in the NBA.
- After forcing Toronto into 22 total turnovers on April 23, Milwaukee now leads the league this season for most
games with 20+ opponent turnovers with 11.
- Additionally, the Bucks rank 3rd in the NBA for opponent turnovers per game with 15.98.
- Ersan Ilyasova recorded his 20th double-double this season (and his third in a row, matching his longest streak
this season) on Monday night with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Of the 23 players in the league with 20+
double-doubles, nobody has averaged fewer minutes per game than Ilyasova (27.6).
- Including Monday's game vs. Toronto, Ekpe Udoh has had 17 games with 3+ blocks while coming off the
bench. Among reserve players, Udoh leads the league in number of multi-block games (26) and games with 3+
- The Bucks have averaged 35.3 FTAs per game in the last three contests, including a season-high-tying 37 vs.
New Jersey. The Bucks have posted 30+ FTAs nine times this season (7-2 in those games).
- Milwaukee ranks 3rd in the NBA in assists per game (23.55) and 5th in points per game (99.6), after ranking
30th in both of those categories last season.