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BBNBA: Bledsoe, Johnson Victorious in Debuts


The Oklahoman

A pair of Wildcats returned to the hardwood with impressive wins.  Eric Bledsoe made his debut for the Milwaukee Bucks and Dakari Johnson made his first NBA start for the Oklahoma City Thunder, filling in for the injured Steven Adams.

Both former Cats made their first shot.  Bledsoe knocked down a runner from 13-feet.  Johnson’s make was a little more uncharacteristic.  Late in the shot clock, Westbrook found Johnson open from 14-feet.

Dakari celebrated by blowing kisses to the crowd.

In a career-high 23 minutes Dakari had 9 points, one rebound, two assists and this beautiful finish at the rim.

Bledsoe’s shot looked like he’d been off the court for almost a month.  It took him 15 attempts to get 13 points.  However, that’s not where he was most vital.  His ability to distribute took pressure off the Greek Freak and allowed him to pick apart the San Antonio defense.

“It was good,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said after the game. “It’s really easy to play with him because you know he’s going to find you. He’s going to make the right play, so it’s fun to play with him.”

Bledsoe gave the Bucks’ 7 assists and optimism to reach new heights in the Eastern Conference.

Stats from the rest of your Wildcats:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocks
Eric Bledsoe94-87 Win over Spurts136-15 (1-5)4710
Dakari Johnson120-111 Win over LAC93-5 (0-0)1211
Patrick Patterson120-111 Win over LAC00-1 (0-1)1100
Devin Booker128-112 Loss to ORL93-10 (0-3)4510
Tyler Ulis128-112 Loss to ORL63-8 (0-1)1101
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist90-87 Loss to BOS84-6 (0-0)5001
Malik Monk90-87 Loss to BOS61-8 (1-5)3000
Bam Adebayo 84-74 Win over JazzDNP- Coaches' Decision

Article written by Nick Roush

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