Truman’s Weekly Reed

A Milwaukee Bucks Review of January 5-11

40 Years Ago

The Bucks opened the week with a 118-109 home triumph over Phoenix on Jan. 5, getting a game-high 34 points from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 29 points from Lucius Allen and 21 points off the bench from Ron “Fritz” Williams. Dick Van Arsdale scored 22 points to pace the Suns, who got 21 points from Charlie Scott and 18 from Corky Calhoun. … The Bucks dropped a 90-88 road decision to the Capital Bullets on Jan. 6. Phil Chenier poured in a game-high 31 points for the winners, who also got 22 points from Elvin Hayes and 15 from Mike Riordan. Abdul-Jabbar led Milwaukee with 25 points, Mickey Davis tallied 22 and Cornell Warner chipped in with 15. … Milwaukee avenged its loss to the Bullets with a 115-113 home-court victory Jan. 11. Abdul-Jabbar had his second 34-point outing of the week, Curtis Perry contributed 23 points and Allen added 15. For the Bullets, Chenier duplicated his 31-point outburst of five days earlier, Hayes scored 27 points and Kevin Porter had 16.

30 Years Ago

Milwaukee began a difficult week with a 103-102 overtime defeat to visiting Philadelphia. Junior Bridgeman led all scorers with 31 points, Bob Lanier totaled 20 and Paul Pressey added 17 for the Bucks. The 76ers got 28 points from Moses Malone and 20 apiece from Mo Cheeks and Andrew Toney. … The Bucks dropped another close one 91-87 at Atlanta on Jan. 6. Dominique Wilkins collected game highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds, Eddie Johnson had 14 points and seven assists and Doc Rivers scored 11 points for the Hawks. Bridgeman led Milwaukee for the second straight game with 23 points. … Detroit came into Milwaukee and dealt the Bucks a 111-100 setback Jan. 8 as Isiah Thomas came up with 29 points and 10 assists, Kelly Tripucka scored 24 points and Bill Laimbeer had a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double. Sidney Moncrief had team highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who got 20 points from Lanier and 13 from Bridgeman. … World B. Free dropped 34 points in leading Cleveland to a 116-104 win in Milwaukee on Jan. 10. Paul Thompson added 18 points for the Cavaliers, while the Bucks got 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists from Moncrief, 18 points from Bridgeman and 16 points from Lorenzo Romar.

20 Years Ago

Milwaukee opened its week with a 100-91 triumph at New Jersey on Jan. 5. Vin Baker came up with game highs of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Eric Murdock came off the bench to contribute 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. Kevin Edwards led the Nets with 19 points. … The Bucks tipped off a three-game homestand with a 92-86 loss to New York on Jan. 16. Charles Oakley battered Milwaukee for 21 points and 14 rebounds, Rolando Blackman scored 18 points in a reserve role and Patrick Ewing had 17 points for the Knicks. Baker had 18 points and 12 boards, while Ken Norman had a 10-point, 11-rebound doubler for the Bucks. … New Jersey avenged its loss from three days earlier with a 90-87 road win Jan. 8. Edwards again paced the Nets with 19 points, Kenny Anderson had 18 points and eight assists and Derrick Coleman grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for N.J. Todd Day came off the bench to lead the Bucks with 17 points. … Day led Milwaukee scorers for the second consecutive game Jan. 11 with 20 points off the bench, but the Bucks dropped a 101-83 verdict to visiting Indiana. Murdock scored 15 points in reverse duty, while Frank Brickowski had 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Milwuakee. Antonio Davis had team highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers, who got 20 points from Reggie Miller.

10 Years Ago

Desmond Mason scored a game-high 24 points off the bench as the Bucks prevailed 88-76 at Philadelphia on Jan. 5. Toni Kukoc added 14 points to the winning effort, while Allen Iverson scored 18 points and Kenny Thomas snared 13 rebounds for the 76ers. … Milwaukee downed Phoenix 95-87 Jan. 7 as Michael Redd scored 23 points, Mason had 17 off the bench and Joe Smith chipped in with 14. Joe Johnson collected 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Suns, who also got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Shawn Marion. … Kukoc, as a reserve, came up with game highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds in leading the Bucks past Miami 103-94 in Milwaukee. Redd scored 18 points and Tim Thomas 15 for the winners, while Lamar Odom totaled 22 points and former Buck Rafer Alston added 17 points and six assists for the Heat. … New York snapped a five-game Milwaukee winning streak with a 94-88 triumph Jan. 10 in “The Big Apple.” Future Buck Kurt Thomas victimized Milwaukee for 28 points and 16 rebounds, while Allan Houston added 26 points for the Knicks. Redd scored 19 points and Mason 17 for Milwaukee.

Last Week

Golden State’s David Lee led everyone with 22 points and 18 rebounds, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry had 15 points apiece and Andrew Bogut celebrated his Milwaukee homecoming with eight points and 12 rebounds as the Warriors downed the Bucks 101-80 Jan. 7. Ersan Ilyasova collected 20 points and six rebounds, Brandon Knight tallied 18 points and Khris Middleton added 10 off the bench for the Bucks. … Mike Dunleavy, another former Buck, revisited the BMO Harris Bradley Center with 18 points to help Chicago defeat Milwaukee 81-72 Jan. 10. Carlos Boozer posted 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added eight points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls. O.J. Mayo came off the bench to score a team-best 16 points, while Luke Ridnour added 14 points and eight assists for the Bucks. … Milwaukee rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo registered his second NBA double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Bucks fell 101-85 at Oklahoma City on Jan. 11. Mayo and Ridnour came off the bench to contribute 16 points each. Kevin Durant collected 33 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 17 boards for the Thunder, who got 17 points from backup Jeremy Lamb.