GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Atlanta - 12/27/10

Bucks vs Hawks
Bradley Center
Attendance: 16,751

Box Score & Play by Play

Duration: 2:7
Times Tied: 1 | Lead Changes: 5


The Davis Dish - Bucks vs Hawks Recap
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On the loss ...
"The first three minutes we were OK; after that, they kind of took control. We weren't aggressive on either end; we were very passive on the defensive end, and it kind of carried over into our offense. They threw the ball wherever they wanted to throw it, did whatever they wanted to do all night really. Just methodically went through their stuff and their options and handled us pretty easily. It was worse than the score even appeared."

On third quarter run ...
"Even when we tried to make a little run we shot ourselves in the foot about four times. We gave up a board, kind of went out of control, charged into them, made a couple bad passes. The other team is out there, so you have to give them some credit for those plays, but we weren't ready to play tonight. It's that simple."

Guard John Salmons

On adjustments made to help fuel run at beginning of third quarter ...
"I just think we played with more energy, we didn't make any adjustments at all. First half we didn't come out with a lot of energy and they took advantage of it."

Forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

On the loss ...
"We didn't come out with a lot of energy and they took advantage of it early in the game and took that big lead. When we turned it on in the third quarter it seemed like every time we tried to cut it down, they always made a play to take it back to a double-digit lead. It's just a tough night, these are games you should win at home, in front of our home crowd. We just didn't have the energy we needed."

On whether injuries and different rotations are taking their toll ...
"I think it's energy. You look at the way we played the last couple of games against the Lakers and the Kings - we had a lot of energy during those games. When you go through injuries and stuff like that, those are the things that help you out, when the team plays hard and with a lot of energy. Tonight we needed to come out and do the same thing, and we didn't. We just have to learn from it and hopefully tomorrow in Chicago we come out with a lot more intensity, a lot more energy and a lot more awareness."

  • Tonight's game was Milwaukee's last home game of 2010. Their next home game will be on January 1, 2011 against the Dallas Mavericks. The Bucks finish 2010 with an overall record of 12-17 and 7-7 at the Bradley Center.

  • Atlanta started tonight's game off on a 15-8 run. Josh Smith connected on all four of his shot attempts in that run for eight points. The Hawks were also able to turn two Bucks turnovers into four easy fast-break points during the run.
  • After one quarter the Hawks jumped out to 29-18 lead behind Josh Smiths eight points. In the quarter, Atlanta was able to out rebound Milwaukee14-7(including three offensive rebounds to the Bucks one).
  • The Hawks first-half lead can be attributed to second chance points and fast-break points. Combined, the Hawks outscored the Bucks in the two categories 17-5 and led 57-42 at the half.
  • The Bucks fall to 2-12 when scoring 89 points or less. Milwaukee also falls to 0-6 when their opponents shoot 50 percent or better from the field. Tonight the Hawks shot 38-75 (.507) from the field.
  • Andrew Bogut recorded his 11th double-double of the season tonight with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Keyon Dooling fell one assist shy of a double-double tonight with 15 points and nine assists. The nine assists is a season high for Dooling. Entering tonight's game Dooling has handed out 34 assists over the last 10 games and only dropped three turnovers during that span.
  • Milwaukee has now held 10 of their last 11 opponents under 100 points. With tonight's loss the Bucks drop to 6-5 in those games.
  • Al Horford recorded his 17th double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Jason Collins finished with a season high 12 rebounds for Atlanta tonight.

THE BOGUT BAROMETER - In Andrew Bogut's last 24 games played (dating back to last season), a Bucks foe has
topped 100 points in regulation just twice (L.A. Lakers 118 on 11/16/10, @ Portland 106 on 12/20/10 - Boston
scored 105 in overtime on 11/3/10). In those 24 games Bucks opponents are averaging 91.2 points (2,188) on
43.7 percent shooting (806-1,843). In This season the Bucks are 3-1 when Bogut scores 20+ points, 3-1 when he
grabs 17 or more rebounds and 3-2 when he blocks five or more shots.

OH BOY(KINS)! - Over the last two games at Sacramento and at the L.A. Lakers, Earl Boykins has scored 19 and
22 points, respectively for a team best 20.5 scoring average. He's done it by shooting 58.6 percent from the field
(17-29) and 71.4 percent from 3-point land (5-7). This is Boykins' highest scoring output in consecutive games
since he was with the Bucks in 2006-07 and he tallied a total of 68 points in two games. He had 36 at Atlanta
(4/6/07) and 32 against Boston (4/4/07). When he tallied 36 points at Atlanta he became the shortest player in
NBA history (5-5) to score that many points in a game.

BIG MAN'S BIG GAMES - Andrew Bogut has recorded a double-double in six of the last 10 games and is averaging
team-highs in points (17.3), rebounds (12.0) and blocks (3.1) over that stretch. Bogut is also contributing 2.0
assists and 1.0 steal while knocking down 56.1 percent of his shots (74-132). Bogut is the only player in the NBA
to average at least 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

NEARING NUMBERS - A few milestones are on the horizon for the Bucks: Chris Douglas-Roberts (991) is nine points from 1,000; Drew Gooden is (447)
three steals away from 450 and (395) five blocks away from 400; Ersan Ilyasova (1,475) is 25 points from 1,500; Scott Skiles (92) is eight wins away from
his 100th victory with the Bucks.

DAUNTING DECEMBER - Entering December, 11 of the Bucks 13 foes had a winning record. Earlier this month, the Bucks went 2-2 in a four-game stretch
against teams with a combined 48-27 record. Milwaukee just went 2-3 in a five-game stretch against teams (at Dallas, at San Antonio, vs Utah, at Portland
and at L.A. Lakers) that combined for a 103-39 record (.725). The Bucks close the month against the Hawks and Bulls who are a combined 37-22 (.627).

  • Over his last 10 games, Bucks guard Keyon Dooling has handed out 34 assists against three turnovers. That's
    an 11.33:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. On the season, the Missouri alum has posted a 3.14:1 assist to turnover
    ratio (66:21).

  • The Bucks forced the Kings into an opponent-high 25 turnovers on Thursday. That translated to 30 points off
    turnovers for Milwaukee, one off their season-best. In the last two tilts the Bucks have scored a total of 61
    points off their opponents' turnovers.

  • Milwaukee's bench has held the advantage in seven of the last nine games, contributing 30-plus points seven
    times in that span compared to three times for their opponents. In all, Bucks reserves hold a 301-241
    advantage in that stretch (33.4-26.8) and the team is 5-4 in that span.

  • The Bucks have held nine of their last 10 opponents under 100 points and have gone 6-4 in that span. Eight
    of those 10 foes were held under their season average going into the game. Orlando scored 85 and averaged
    99.3, Miami 88 and 100.7, Indiana 95 and 100.7, Houston 91 and 105.3, San Antonio 92 and 106.4, Utah
    95 and 100.2, and L.A. Lakers 79 and 106.4 and Sacramento 79 and 94.9.
*Projected Starters by

Player Injury
Drew Gooden Plantar faciitis
Brandon Jennings Sore left ankle
Carlos Delfino Concussion-like symptoms
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury

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