Needless to say, but 2002 to 2016 did not have a ton of high-point games for the Milwaukee Bucks. However, there were a few moments that will live on in Bucks history for eternity. One of those magical moments that Bucks fans remember fondly was called the “Double Nickel” game. Former Bucks PG Brandon Jennings provided us all with a treat on November 14th, 2009.
Jennings spent one season (2008-2009) with the professional club Lottomotica Roma in Italy. He is widely known as the first American basketball player to go straight from high school to European professional basketball and then get drafted into the NBA.
Rookie Year: Games 1 & 2
Jennings’ NBA career started off hot to say the least. In his first game as a rookie with the Bucks on October 30th, 2009, he put up a near triple-double effort with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. He followed that up with a 24 point performance against the Detroit Pistons on October 31st, 2009 in which he scored 16 of his points during the 3rd quarter alone.
The “Double Nickel”
The seventh game of that same season was hosted at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on November 14th, 2009. The Golden State Warriors were doing a great job of containing Jennings early on. However, Jennings erupted for 29 points in the third quarter and did not look back. Behind a fantastic shooting night in which he made 7 of 8 from three point range, Jennings finished with a whopping 55 points. To add the cherry on top, the Bucks claimed the victory 129-125. Brandon Jennings became the youngest player in NBA history to ever score 55 points in a game. In addition, his 55-point total only trailed LeBron James (56) for the highest scoring game in NBA history by a player under the age of 21.
Jennings played for the Bucks from 2009-2013, and then again for a short stint in 2018. BJ is also known for coining the phrase “Bucks in 6”.
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