Monta Ellis proved as elusive as ever.
The scoring dynamo did his best to avoid reporters after Saturday's morning shootaround in San Francisco and then spent the evening dancing around Warriors defenders in Oakland as he returned to the Bay Area and led Milwaukee to a 103-93 victory.
Ellis had 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go with five assists and five rebounds as Milwaukee's starting backcourt out-dueled the Warriors' guards. Brandon Jennings added 31 points, 10 assists and three rebounds for the Bucks, while the Warriors got 18 points, three rebounds and two assists from Klay Thompson and 16 points, 10 assists and two rebounds from Stephen Curry.
"I tried not to let (my emotions) get to me," Ellis said. "It's always good to come back here, and it was even better to come back here and get a win."
Carl Landry's jumper trimmed the Warriors' deficit to 88-87 with 4:08 remaining, but Larry Sanders scored inside to put the Bucks ahead by three points. After a Curry turnover, J.J. Redick hit consecutive three-pointers sandwiched around the Warriors' 17th turnover to put Milwaukee up 96-87 with 2:47 left.
Monta Ellis leads Bucks over Warriors
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 10