Bucks vs Bulls
Lead Changes: 6
Times Tied: 5
Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 18,717 (Sellout)
Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On the Bulls
Thats a good defensive club. They do what we try to do. They try to react to the ball, theyre bigs were really active tonight, our perimeter people, you have to give their bigs credit, we couldnt drive by their bigs. Theyre defense is really active coupled with the fact that they basically owned us on the glass.

On Earl Boykins in the fourth quarter
We were just trying to get back into the game. Earl (Boykins) came in got a hot hand, knocked down some shots, at least gave us a chance. We got it close enough to force a timeout, at that moment we just needed a key stop and another basket and we werent able to get it.

On tonights game
Derrick Rose is a big physical guard, we did a nice job on Rose. We did a nice job on (Carlos) Boozer, Luc (Mbah a Moute) was tremendous on Boozer I thought. The odd plays got us tonight. (Joakim) Noah had nine offensive rebounds in the first half. I dont know if Ive ever seen that, I didnt play with Wilt (Chamberlin).

Forward Jon Brockman

On the Bulls
They are a good team, theyre a good defensive team. They capitalize on the offensive end on the mistakes that we make. Theyre tough to defend.

On Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer
Theyre (Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer) great rebounders. Theyre a little bit different, Noah is more crafty and active, always moving, but Boozer, hes a bull. Hes really strong. You have to do a lot of your work early, theyre a challenge. Theyre a tough 1-2 punch.

Guard Early Boykins

On tonights game
(Being down) thirteen points going into the fourth quarter, especially against a good defensive team (is tough to overcome). The Bulls, theyre defense is unbelievable this year. The offensive rebounding really hurt us more than anything.

On his fourth quarter play
I was just trying to go out there and play hard. My job is to provide a spark from the bench, thats what I tried to do. Tonight it wasnt enough.

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute led all Bucks scorers with 16 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Luol Deng led Chicago with 19 points.

  • John Salmons reached two milestones tonight when he made his 500th career three-pointer in the opening minutes of the third quarter and playing in his 650th career game.

  • The 75 points tonight is a new season-low for the Bucks (previous was 76).

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 10 of the teams first 19 points en route to a 25-21 Bucks lead at the end of the first quarter.

  • With the loss, the Bucks fall to 3-7 against the Central Division this season and 0-3 versus Chicago. The Bulls improve to 12-0 in the Central Division.

  • Milwaukee recorded a 3-9 record to finish off February, including a 3-4 record at home.

  • Tonights matchup was the first of a four-game home stand for the Bucks and the first of a five-game road trip for the Bulls.

  • The game was tied 39-39 at halftime. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute led all Bucks with 10 points and Luol Deng and Joakim Noah each netted eight points for the Bulls. The Bucks shot 45.7 percent (16-35) in the half while the Bulls shot 41.0 percent (16-39).

  • The Bulls outscored the Bucks on second chance points in the first half, 16-6 on 11 offensive rebounds. For the game, Chicago had a 28-16 second chance advantage on 18 offensive boards.

  • The Bucks have not been afraid to take three-pointers recently. Over the past seven games Milwaukee has averaged 23.57 attempts from behind the arc while they were averaging 16.98 attempts for the season coming into tonight.

  • With 16 rebounds tonight Andrew Bogut now has 10 or more boards in 29 games this year. He has now led the team in rebounding in 33 games.

  • The Bulls used a 31-20 third quarter to take a 70-59 lead. Milwaukee is now 4-30 when they are trailing after three quarters.

  • There was a sellout crowd (18,717) at the Bradley Center tonight for the second time this season. The other sellout game occurred on Jan. 7 versus Miami.

  • Ersan Ilyasova did not play tonight for the Bucks due to a concussion. It was just the second game Ilyasova has missed all season.

  • Earl Boykins scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, shooting 4-5 from the floor and 2-2 from three-point range.

  • Despite Chicagos 41.0 shooting output the Bucks now are 15-13 when holding foes to 44.9 percent or less from the field.

STEADY MAGGETTE Since the start of 2011, Corey Maggette (26 games, 17 starts) has been a horse for the Bucks, leading the team with 15.8 points while shooting a team-best 48.4 percent from the field (138-285). Maggette has also gotten to the line a team-high 138 times with 117 makes for 84.8 percent. In 27 minutes hes adding 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Prior to the new year, Maggette had been averaging 10.6 points on 39.4 percent shooting in 25 games. He still led the team with 135 free throw attempts (110 makes, 81.5 percent).

BENCH BALLERS The Bucks bench has outscored their foes 33.0 18.2 (198-109) over the last six games and have bested or tied the other squads reserves in each of those six. The reserves tallied 51 against Indiana on February 12, the fifth-highest output of the season. In those six, the reserves are shooting 45.4 percent (69-152) and grabbing 11.3 rebounds (68) and handing out 5.7 assists (34) while connecting on 2.3 3-pointers (14). Theyve produced nine double-figure scoring games, two of which were 20-plus points.

MILWAUK-D The Bucks defense continues to improve this season as they rank fourth in points allowed (93.1), eighth in defensive field goal percentage (44.6) and seventh in opponents 3-point percentage (33.9) this season. Theyve held 42 of their 57 opponents below 100 points (tied for second in the NBA: Miami has 43) and 19 of those foes were held below 90 points. In 2007-08, the season before Scott Skiles became head coach, the Bucks allowed 103.9 points (23rd), 48.0 shooting (29th), 38.4 3-point percentage (27th) and held 30 of their 82 opponents below 100 points.

NEARING NUMBERS With his two blocks Wednesday night, Andrew Bogut (587) passed Ervin Johnson (586) for third place in franchise history in blocks while Keyon Dooling appeared in his 650th NBA game. A few other milestones on the horizon include: Jon Brockman (98) is two games from 100, John Salmons (499) needs one 3-pointer for 500 and, at 649, needs one game for 650 in his career. Brandon Jennings (206) is 26 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history.

  • Andrew Bogut leads the league with 2.9 blocks per game and his 137 blocks also top the NBA despite his missing nine contests. He has 14 blocks in his last four games (3.5) and has blocked at least two shots in each of the games in that stretch.

  • Over his last four games John Salmons is averaging 6.3 assists (25) and has produced a 5.00:1 assist-toturnover ratio (25:5).

  • Bucks forward Larry Sanders made his NBA D-League debut with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Wednesday night and finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in 34 minutes. He followed it up with six points, six rebounds and three blocks in 20 minutes on Thursday.

  • Milwaukee begins a four-game homestand against Chicago and theyre currently 2-3 in a stretch where theyll play 10 of 12 contests at the Bradley Center.

  • The Bucks have had fewer turnovers than their opponents in each of the last five games. In those tilts Milwaukee is plus-26 in forcing turnovers (58-84 or 11.6 - 16.8)
Mbah a Moute
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Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
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