Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 3/23/12
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Luc Mbah a Moute scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and the Milwaukee Bucks had 72 points inside the paint in a 112-92 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. Ersan Ilyasova had 15 points and Drew Goodson added 14 points and 12 rebounds as six Bucks players scored in double digits. Monta Ellis chipped in with 13 points and Brandon Jennings added 12 for Milwaukee. The Bucks had no problem exploiting the smaller Bobcats, who were without center Gana Diop and forward Eddy Najera, and had waived Boris Diaw earlier in the week, leaving them with very little in the way of height. Most of Milwaukee's shots were uncontested in the lane. The Bucks shot 53 percent for the game. The Bucks won despite a season-high 29 points from Gerald Henderson. The third-year pro from Duke was 13 of 19 from the field for the Bobcats, who have lost seven of their last nine games. The Bucks pulled within a half-game of the New York Knicks in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They knew this simply wasn't a game they could afford to lose against the NBA-worst Bobcats (7-38). Corey Maggette, who fought off a back injury and an illness this week to play against this former team, was held to 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting. Kemba Walker and Derrick Brown each had 13 points for the Bobcats. The Bucks opened a 52-40 lead at halftime, outscoring the Bobcats 30-18 in the paint and outrebounding them 25-17 in the first half. The Bobcats started out well, jumping out to an eight-point lead. But it was short-lived as they'd miss 12 straight shots, allowing the Bucks to go on a 15-2 run and take control of the game. Milwaukee (22-25) stretched a 50-42 lead at halftime to 15 in the third quarter and then 25 in the fourth quarter, continuing to dominate on the boards against a Bobcats team that simply couldn't match up defensively. On one possession, the Bucks got four offensive rebounds before eventually cashing in on a backdoor layup off an inbounds play. Before the game, Bucks coach Scott Skiles said his team will have to beat some of the better teams in the conference at some point, but they needed to focus on the Bobcats first as they couldn't afford to overlook anyone.
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