After getting off to a slow start with his new team, Monta Ellis broke out in a big way in the Milwaukee Bucks' latest game.
The Bucks have to like their chances of climbing into Eastern Conference playoff position if he can keep it up down the stretch.
Following two off days after five games in six nights, visiting Milwaukee opens another busy stretch Friday seeking a sixth consecutive win over the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.
While Ellis averaged just 12.2 points on 34.2 percent shooting in his first six games after coming over from Golden State, he carried the Bucks during Tuesday's 108-101 win over Atlanta. Ellis posted 33 points on 15-of-24 from the field to go with eight assists as Milwaukee (23-27) concluded its busy stretch 2-3.
"It was only a matter of time and the time was (Tuesday)," coach Scott Skiles said of Ellis. "He was scoring the ball. He was active. He made big shots. When he was covered, he passed it."
Milwaukee, which begins a set of three games in four ...