Bucks at Bulls
Lead Changes: 4
Times Tied: 2

Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 22, 091
Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

12-18
20-10
77
90

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
15
30
17
15
77
27
17
23
23
90

Scott Skiles, Milwaukee head coach:
Q: On the game.
A: Yes, almost miraculously we were in this game. We played well at times but had nothing offensively. We got to the line a lot up until halftime and that, with our second-chance points, kept us in it. We came back and got the lead but just couldn't keep it. Turnovers came at poor times. When we were building momentum we would miss a shot or turn it over and that hurt us.

Q: On their rebounding.
A: If you're going to miss the amount of shots that we did, you need to find a way to get back in there. You just need to shoot better than the low 30s to win. That's true especially against a team like the Bulls.

Q: On their plan to cover Rose.
A: We did a respectable job on him early. Late in the game, though, he put pressure on and moved the ball well to the other side. We also didn't do a good job on Boozer. We gave him too much space and just were not aggressive on him.

Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee forward:
Q: On the game.
A: We just came out sluggish tonight. We fought hard and got back in both the second and third quarters. However, down the stretch we just couldn't get over the hump. At key times we broke down defensively and gave us big baskets. Up until the fourth quarter we did a good job neutralizing Rose. They just made their shots then. Also, at the defensive end they made the big plays and we didn't.

Q: On his double-double.
A: That's not important. I just try to give my effort and do whatever was needed to win. We had our chances and put ourselves in a position to win but just couldn't finish it. Rebounding is a big part of the game. The last couple of games we have been out-rebounded on the defensive end so really concentrated trying to do a better job tonight.

Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee center:
Q: On his defense against Boozer.
A: He is a big part of their success. We tried to limit his production and couldn't do it. He's a tough player because he's so strong, agile and quick. If you crowd him he'll just go by you. He got his jumper going early and got into a rhythm which really hurt us.

Q: On their poor offense.

A: We've won games shooting poorly before. We won one last year shooting 30 percent. We were in this game the whole way as deep as halfway into the fourth. Then Korver got it going hitting his threes. They had control for six or seven minutes at that time to hold on to this game. Our rebounding was our only positive as we were not shooting well but still within striking distance until the last minutes of the fourth.

THE BOGUT BAROMETER In Andrew Bogut's last 25 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 25 games Bucks opponents are averaging 91.3 points (2,283) on 44.0 percent shooting (844-1,918). 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.

SWEET SALMONS With his 18-point performance last night against the Hawks, John Salmons has scored in double digits in the past five games and in nine of the past 11. Over the five most recent games, he leads the Bucks in scoring with 18.2 points and has shot 66.7 percent (10-15) from 3-point range while pulling down 2.8 rebounds and dishing out 3.4 assists.

BIG MAN'S BIG GAMES Andrew Bogut has recorded a double-double in seven of the last 11 games and is second on the team in points (17.0 per game) over that stretch. In those 11 games, he is averaging team-highs in rebounds (11.9) and blocks (2.9) and is contributing 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals while knocking down 53.6 percent of his shots (81-151). Bogut is one of just two players in the NBA (along with Dwight Howard) to average at least 14.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season.

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 (1,481) is 19 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 2-4 in a six-game stretch against teams (at Dallas, at San Antonio, vs. Utah, at Portland, at L.A. Lakers and vs. Atlanta) that combined for a 122-52 record (.701). The Bucks close out December against the Bulls who have a 19-10 record.

  • Last night, the Bucks dropped a 95-80 decision to the Atlanta Hawks at the Bradley Center.

  • Tonight's game closes out the eighth set of back-to-back games for the Bucks this year. So far, the Bucks are 4-3 in the second half of B2Bs.

  • The Bucks rank fourth in the league in opponent points-in-the-paint, allowing 39.0 per game. Over the past two games, the Bucks have allowed just 28.0 paint points while scoring 42.0 points themselves.

  • Over his last 11 games, Bucks guard Keyon Dooling has handed out 43 assists against four turnovers. That's a 10.75:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. On the season, the Missouri alum has posted a 3.41:1 assist to turnover ratio (75:22). Last night against the Hawks, Dooling came one assist short of a double-double as he scored 15 points and handed out nine assists.

  • Earl Boykins has scored in double digits in each of the past three games, averaging 18.0 points on 52.5 percent (21-40) from the field and 55.6 percent (5-9) from 3-point land over the span.

  • The Bucks have held 10 of their last 11 opponents under 100 points and have gone 6-5 in that span. Nine of those 11 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, L.A. Lakers 79 and 106.4, Sacramento 79 and 94.9 and Atlanta 95 and 96.5.
Dooling
Salmons
Douglas-Roberts
Ilyasova
Bogut
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Rose
Bogans
Deng
Boozer
Thomas
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com



Player Injury
Status
Drew Gooden Plantar faciitis
Day-to-Day
Brandon Jennings Sore left ankle
Out
Carlos Delfino Concussion-like symptoms
Out
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
Joakim Noah Right hand
Out


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