MILWAUKEE It took Larry Sanders until his 174th NBA game to score 20 points in a game. Four days was all it took for him to do it a second time.
After scoring a career-high 21 points against the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday, Sanders set a new career high Monday, scoring 24 points to go along with 13 rebounds in Milwaukee's 131-102 rout of Charlotte.
The 131 points were a season-high for the Bucks and the most they've scored since a 133-99 victory over Dallas on Jan. 21, 2009. Milwaukee's magic number to clinch a playoff spot is down to three, and with Boston's 110-101 loss to Minnesota Monday night, the Bucks moved to within 1-12 games of the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.
The leaps and bounds Sanders has grown defensively have been well documented, but his offensive aggressiveness has jumped in the last three weeks. Monday night he set a career-high in field goals made with 11 and tied a career-high with 19 field goal attempts.
"I'm just gaining more confidence in...