Bucks vs Bulls
Lead Changes: 18
Times Tied: 13


Attendance: 15,389
Duration: 2 hours and 11 minutes
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SO GOOD (EN) – Drew Gooden has averaged 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in Milwaukee's five games since the All-Star Break while shooting 37-of-41 (.902) from the free-throw line on 8.2 FTAs per game. In that span he's posted three double-doubles and recorded two of his three highest point totals this season (season-high 26 at Atlanta on 3/2 and 25 vs. Philadelphia on 3/5).

OFF AND RUNNING – Milwaukee pushed the pace against Philadelphia Monday night, rolling up 21 fast break points during the 97-93 victory. It marked the fourth time this season the Bucks have scored 20+ points on the break, with Milwaukee going 3-1 in those games. The Bucks rank seventh in the NBA in pace this season, averaging 95.4 possessions per game, after ranking 25th in that category a year ago (92.1). Those transition points have made the Bucks a more efficient offense this season as well, as Milwaukee has climbed to the middle of the pack in offensive efficiency (99.6 pts/100 possessions; 18th in NBA), after ranking 30th last season at 99.0.

BAND OF KLEPTOS – The Bucks swiped 21 steals against the Hawks (11) and Magic (10) in back-to-back games last weekend, giving Milwaukee four 10-steal games in its past six outings. Those steals led to a combined 46 opponent turnovers in the two games over the weekend, the team's sixth and seventh games this season forcing 20+ opponent miscues. Milwaukee has consistently ranked among the best in the NBA this season in opponent turnovers per game, forcing 16.26 miscues/game (4th in league), while Brandon Jennings (1.47 spg, T16th) and Carlos Delfino (1.44 spg, 20th) both rank among the league's top-20 in steals.

I'LL TAKE WINNING FOR 100, ALEX – Perhaps no number has been a better indicator of Bucks success this season than 100, as Milwaukee is posting a tidy 11-3 mark when cracking the century mark. Or, to put it differently, 11 of the Bucks' 15 wins have come when scoring 100+. That's an ingredient that's been missing in Milwaukee as of late, as the Bucks have tallied 100+ just once in the last 12 games (in the 119-118 win over Washington on 2/28), and not surprisingly have stumbled to a 3-9 mark over that span as a result. Conversely, the Bucks scored in triple digits nine times in a 13-game span from Jan. 20 – Feb. 10, posting an 8-5 mark in those games.

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? – The Bucks had a season-long run of four straight sub-20 assist outings from Feb. 15-20, but have now averaged 23.2 dimes per game in the six games since (including 30 in the win over Washington on 2/28). The Bucks are 3-11 this season when failing to record 20 assists, but have found a lot of success when the ball is moving. The Bucks are 6-2 when posting 26 or more dimes, and a perfect 3-0 when topping 30. Milwaukee is also 7-4 this year when a Bucks player dishes out eight or more assists.

ERSANITY! – While Linsanity is taking the Big Apple by storm, Ersan Ilyasova produced a historic night of his own just across the Hudson. Ilyasova erupted for career highs of 29 points and 25 rebounds in Milwaukee's win at New Jersey on 2/19, becoming the first Bucks player in over 30 years to tally 25+ points and rebounds in a single game. Ilyasova becomes just the third member of the 25/25 club in Bucks history, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Swen Nater.

  • Brandon Jennings scored 33 points in the Bucks win over Philadelphia on Monday – his 13th career game with 30+ points and his sixth this season.

  • Jennings' 19 points in the first quarter on Monday were the second-most he's ever scored in a single frame, trailing only the 29 he had in the third quarter of his 55-point outing vs. Golden State on 11/14/09.

  • Jennings has scored 25+ points in each of the last three games, matching the longest streak of his career (twice previously).

  • Milwaukee's 39 points in the second quarter at Orlando on Saturday were its most in any quarter this season. The Bucks shot 15-of-23 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the arc in the frame.

  • The Bucks have recorded at least 10 offensive rebounds in each of the last 18 games, the second-longest active streak in the league behind Detroit (21). Milwaukee has climbed to 4th in the NBA this season with 12.87 offensive rebounds per game.

  • Drew Gooden grabbed his 5,000th career rebound on 3/3 at Orlando.

  • Beno Udrih tallied his 5,000th career point on 3/5 vs. Philadelphia.


*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Luc Mbah a Moute Sore right knee
Stephen Jackson Sore right hamstring
Andrew Bogut Left ankle fracture
Player Injury
Richard Hamilton Right shoulder