Bell, Bench Lift Bucks Past Nuggets
Milwaukee 110, Denver 89
DENVER, Feb. 27 (Ticker) -- Charlie Bell and Mo Williams had the Milwaukee Bucks' bench playing like they were on a Mile High.
Bell and Williams led a second-quarter surge as the Bucks won consecutive games for the first time this month with a 110-89 pasting of the Denver Nuggets.
"It was a great effort by everybody," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "The first half was a thing of beauty. We defended well, passed well, we ran and we didn't turn the ball over."
Williams drained a 3-pointer 39 seconds into the second quarter to trigger a 14-5 surge that pushed the lead to 48-33 at the 8:23 mark. He scored seven points and Bell added five in the burst.
Bell converted a three-point play with 3:20 left to start a 13-4 run that ended the half and gave the Bucks a commanding 69-45 lead.
"I'm starting to get a lot more confidence in my game," Bell said. "I'm playing a lot more and I'm gaining more confidence and getting more comfortable on the court. Everyone was making their shots and it was fun playing basketball tonight."
Bell scored 12 of his season-high 17 points in the second quarter while Williams had eight of his 11. Milwaukee had half its 46 bench points in the second period, when it made 14-of-25 shots.
Stotts also was happy with Bell's defense on Carmelo Anthony.
"Charlie did a terrific job of guarding Carmelo," Stotts said. "He took charge in the first half and when you throw his offensive line on top of that, he was terrific."
Overall, Milwaukee shot 51 percent (42-of-82) and went 9-of-18 from the arc. Denver shot 48 percent (35-of-73) but just 1-of-11 from long range.
"It's hard to win when you don't play defense and when your opponent can't miss a shot," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "We were outworked, outplayed and outrebounded."
Rookie Andrew Bogut contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jamaal Magloire 16 and 10 for the Bucks (29-28), who have put together consecutive wins for the first time since January 27-29.
"We haven't been doing that well against the West this year," Bell said. "It was nice after beating Atlanta to come to the Mile High City and run them out of their gym."
After building their big advantage, the Bucks led by at least 14 points the entire second half.
"Our defense was non-existent tonight," Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin said. "Games like this happen, but we've had too many of them. No matter what sport you play, it's hard when you dig yourself such a big hole."
Anthony scored 19 points, Earl Boykins added 14 and Andre Miller handed out 11 assists for Denver, which endured its worst home loss of the season.
"When you give up 69 points in the first half it's hard to win anything," Boykins said. "We played bad basketball."