GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Chicago - 03/26/11

Bucks vs Bulls
Lead Changes: 1
Times Tied: 4
Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 18,717 (sellout)
Duration: 2 hours, 11 minutes

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

  • With tonight's loss the Bucks finish the season series versus the Bulls 0-4 (0-2 on the road; 0-2 at home).

  • Chicago took its first lead of the game at the 1:53 mark of the 4th quarter and ended the game on an 8-0 run.

  • The Bulls went 0 for 5 from 3-point range in the first half and finished 3 of 14. The Bucks held Kyle Korver - ranked sixth in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (43.3 percent) coming into the game - to 0-3 from 3-point land. Chicago ranked 13th (36.3 percent) in 3-point field goal percentage prior to tonight's contest, and the Bucks came in ranked 6th in 3-point field goal defense (opponents averaged 34.1 percent).

  • Milwaukee re-energized at half again, springing out to a 15 point lead during a 12-1 run to start the third quarter. John Salmons led the charge with 10 points.

  • In a topsy-turvy third quarter, Chicago answered Milwaukee's outburst with a run of its own near the end of the third to pull within nine during an 8-2 run. Carlos Delfino answered with a 3-point shot, but Chicago closed out the quarter on a 14-7 spurt to make it 74-69.

  • Chicago came into the game ranked 2nd in the league in rebounds per game (44.34) and 1st in the league in opponent rebounds per game (38.69). Tonight the Bulls outrebounded the Bucks 47-37. Milwaukee came into the game averaging 41.15 boards per game (16th in the league).

  • Derrick Rose, who came into the game as the NBA's 7th leading scoring leader (averaging 24.8 points per game) logged 18 points in the first half and finished with 30 to lead his team. He also recorded a career-high 17 assists (previous high was 14).

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute finished with 10 points, his sixth straight game in double figures, a career best.

  • Carlos Delfino again had a hot hand tonight, scoring 13 points in the first half by nailing all three of his 3-point shot attempts and going 5 of 7 from the field. Delfino stayed hot in the second half and ended the game with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists. He went 5 of 7 from 3-point range tonight (7 of 11 from inside the arc). The Bucks are 8-5 when Delfino hits at least three 3-pointers.

  • Milwaukee made six 3-point shots; the team is 20-16 when they make at least six from long range.

  • John Salmons recorded his 600th career steal with his theft in the first quarter. Salmons also poured in 25 points, a team high.

NIGHT ON BROADWAY- Brandon Jennings lived it up on Broadway as he scored a Bucks season-best 37 points Friday night at the Garden on 13-25 shooting from the field, 4-9 from 3-point range and 7-9 from the charity stripe. Jennings added six boards and three assists as Milwaukee took the season series from New York. The tally was the second-highest of Jennings' career (55 in his seventh game on Nov. 14, 2009) and his fifth 20-plus point effort in March. Over his last five games he's averaging a team-best 19.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the field (35-79) and 83.3 from the line (20-24). He's also contributing 7.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds.

HOME HOT HANDS - The Bucks close out the home portion of their March schedule tonight. It's their 10th home game of the month. So far Milwaukee has shot 46.7 percent from the field at home this month, 3.8 points better than their season average (42.9), on their way to 96.0 points per game, which is 4.4 points higher than their season average (91.6). All five of the teams top scorers at home in March are shooting better than their season average: Andrew Bogut (12.2 points on 49.1 shooting at home in March, 49.0 shooting on the season), Carlos Delfino (14.3 and 46.7, 40.0), Brandon Jennings (16.9 and 41.0 , 38.7), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (13.4 and 52.4, 47.1) and John Salmons (14.0 and 44.8, 39.9). During this stretch Carlos Delfino has knocked down 50.9 percent of his 3-point attempts (27-53).

THREE-CRET TO MY SUCCESS - Threes have been the secret to the Bucks success this season, going 16-9 when they sink seven or more 3-pointers and 20-15 when they make at least six. They have also gone 20-15 when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent from 3-point range. In each of the Bucks last seven wins they've made at least six 3-pointers and shot 36.8 percent or better from three. In their last three contests they've shot 44.4 percent from 3-point range (32-72).

MOUT-ILITY PLAYER - Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has done a little of everything for the Bucks in his last 12 tilts. Mbah a Moute has averaged 11.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.4 assists in those 12 (Feb. 26, Mar. 6-23). Those numbers are all beyond his season averages of 6.5 points, 5.4 boards, 0.9 steal and 0.9 assists. The third-year pro has done all of that while shooting 51.0 percent from the field (49-96) and leading the team in free throws made (34) and attempted (43 - 79.1 percent). Eight of his 19 double-figure scoring games this year have been in this stretch and he has equaled his career high with five straight games in double-figures.

NEARING NUMBERS - A few milestones are on the horizon for Bucks players: Brandon Jennings (227) is five 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history - Carlos Delfino (220) is also chasing Kukoc and Mayberry for that spot. John Salmons (599) is one steal away from 600 for his career and Keyon Dooling (443) is seven steals from 450.
  • Over his last four games, Carlos Delfino is shooting 56.8 percent from 3-point range (21-37) and 58.2 percent from the field (32-55). In those four he's averaging a team-high 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals. He's sank at least two 3-pointers in four straight games and on the season the Bucks are 12-4 when he makes three or more 3-pointers. He leads the Bucks with 86 threes and his 2.2 per game would tie him for fourth in the NBA if he had enough games to qualify.

  • The Bucks are in the final stretch of a busy March that has 16 games scheduled (10 at home). The last time they had more then 16 games in a month was January 2009 (18). They're currently 7-6 with three games remaining (one at home and two on the road). Following tonight's game the Bucks close the season with seven of 10 games on the road.

  • Over Carlos Delfino's last 13 games he's averaging 2.2 steals (27).

  • Four recipes for Milwaukee's success held true Friday night as they improved to 11-0 when shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field, 22-6 when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent, 14-3 when tallying 100-plus points and 21-12 when they have equal or more points than their foe after the first quarter.

  • The Bucks are 3-2 in their last home game of the month this season with wins in October, November and January and losses in December and February.
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