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Jennings comes up big as Bucks defeat Warriors

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MILWAUKEE -- If Brandon Jennings is bothered about being left off the Eastern Conference All-Star team, he's not talking about it; he'll let his game answer any questions.

Jennings did plenty of talking on the court Saturday when he scored 18 of his team-leading 20 points in the third quarter, hitting five of seven 3-pointers in the process, leading Milwaukee to a 109-102 victory over Golden State at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Jennings attempted just one shot in the first half but came out in the third and hit his first six attempts, finishing the quarter shooting 6 of 9 from the field. He scored eight straight points midway through the quarter, helping Milwaukee keep pace as the Warriors tried to break open what had been a four-point game at halftime.

"I just started being more aggressive," Jennings said. "We've struggled a lot in the third, so I'm just trying to find a way to pick us up."

Jennings also finished with seven assists and six rebounds. In his last four games, he's averaging 22.3 points, 8.5 assists and has seven steals.

"He went 0-for-1 in the first half but I knew he was going to come out and do something," Bucks head coach Jim Boylan said. "He got himself going. He's a competitor. He was trying to move the ball a little bit in the first half but we need him to score and he did what he needed to do for our team. That's what we expect from him."

Ersan Ilyasova also switched gears in the second half, scoring 12 of his 18 points after intermission while pulling down 12 rebounds. Larry Sanders added 16 and 12 for Milwaukee (23-19), which won for the fourth time in five games and improved to 7-3 under Boylan.

Facing his former team, Monta Ellis struggled early, making just one of his first eight shots but finished with 20 points.

Stephen Curry had 26 points and seven assists and Klay Thompson scored 19 to lead Golden State (26-17), which shot well for most of the game (39 of 93) and made 13 3-pointers but couldn't contain Jennings during the third. Despite shooting 54.2 percent from the field, the Warriors scored just 19 points and fell behind by as many as 13 during the quarter, which ended with Milwaukee leading, 86-74.

Golden State, though, was far from done.

The Warriors cut the lead to four early in the fourth, making it an 86-82 game on Richard Jefferson's layup with 9:38 to play. After Luc Richard Mbah a Moute made just one of two free throws, Golden State came up empty three times on its next possession and Larry Sanders his a short jumper to put Milwaukee back up seven, 89-82, with 8:45 left.

After falling behind by 12, Golden State tried to work its way back into the game. Carl Landry's dunk made it a six-point game with 4:39 left, but once again, the Bucks came back and went out by seven, making it a 100-93 game on Ellis' jumper with two minutes left.

Jarrett Jack brought the Warriors within two on a 3-pointer with 52 seconds to play but Ellis answered with a trey of his own and Milwaukee converted all six of its free throws down the stretch to close out the victory.

"We showed some fight," Golden State head coach Mark Jackson said. "It takes so much out of you when you got to defend for 48 seconds instead of 24 seconds. Too many second-chance points, it really, really hurt us and cost us the ball game."

NOTES: Milwaukee has scored 100 points or more in seven of 10 games under head coach Jim Boylan. .. Saturday marked the return of Andrew Bogut to Milwaukee, where he played his first six seasons before being traded to Golden State last March. Bogut is still recovering from microfracture surgery he underwent in April. The top overall pick in the 2005 draft, Bogut appeared in 208 games for Milwaukee, averaging 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and blocking 642 shots. ... Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 25.5 points in his last three games. ... Golden State has not won a season series against Milwaukee since 2007-08. ... The Bucks' Larry Sanders blocked three shots Saturday, extending his streak of games with at least one rejection to 29 -- tying him with Tim Duncan for the longest active streak in the NBA ... David Lee finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds for his 27th double-double of the season, tying him with Memphis' Zack Randolph for the league lead.
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