Bucks vs Cavaliers
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Box Score and Recap

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Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes

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Head Coach Scott Skiles

On tonights game
Our defense wasnt as good tonight but we were able to, especially in the second quarter, is where we got the space. The second unit guys came in, Earl (Boykins) came in and got a hot hand. We moved the ball well again tonight, we made shots and we were able to have another 20-point win.

On the ball movement
One of the things weve had the tendency to do is, each guy appears sometimes to be searching for themselves, their hot hand. Make one, maybe make another one, and then all bets are off. Im coming down and taking a shot. Thats one of the reasons we have the record we have and we talked about it at halftime, came out and did a much better job moving the ball.

On the players off the bench
Earl (Boykins) got a hot hand, Earl played really well, that whole second group (played well). Thats a big quarter (the second quarter). We have to play with that type of separation. We came out in the third and the starters got back into it. We did a really nice job.

Guard John Salmons

On the players off the bench
They gave us a big boost off the bench. Earl (Boykins) came in right away, was aggressive and hit some shots. (Keyon Dooling) came with energy, (Chris Douglas-Roberts) came in and got some baskets for us. Everybody played hard, it was definitely something we needed from them today.

On tonights win
Thats a struggling team (Cleveland) over there but you cant discount any wins. It feels good to win games, we just want to do that and continue to peak at the right time of the year.

Guard Earl Boykins

On his individual performance
I definitely feel very fresh at this point of the season. This is probably the freshest Ive ever felt at the end of a basketball season. My legs feel good and its just a matter of going out there now and playing and just getting wins.

On closing the season
I think its important that we beat the teams that are behind us and we have to win home games. Thats been our biggest problem. If you take care of business at home, the road usually takes care of itself. But we havent been able to win games at home, thats why were in the situation were in now.

  • Corey Maggette missed his second straight game with knee soreness, and Ersan Ilyasova sat out again due to a concussion.

  • Tonights win is Milwaukees second in row; the team is now 15-13 against opponents with sub-.500 records.

  • Scott Skiles shook up the lineup at the 2:09 mark in the first quarter Larry Sanders, Earl Boykins, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Jon Brockman replaced Luc Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut, John Salmons and Brandon Jennings. Earl Boykins recorded 16 points during his first 10:50 of action, after the four starters he replaced logged a combined 14 points during 9:51 of action.

  • Milwaukee opened up a 16-point lead thanks to a 22-4 run in the 2nd quarter (62-49 at half); they didnt trail after that. Boykins led the charge, scoring 13 points in the second quarter alone; he finished the half with 18. The Bucks hit 70 percent of their shots during the second period and finished the half shooting 60.5 percent.

  • Carlos Delfino logged 8:22 after starting (two points, two rebounds), but sat the rest of the first half. He totaled four points and five boards in 18:21.

  • After resting up at half, Milwaukee came out on a 14-2 run over 5:38 to increase the lead to 23 points. Brandon Jennings fueled the run with 10 points.

  • The Bucks came into the game averaging 91.3 points per game (last in the league); their 110 tonight is the 13th time they scored 100 or more points this season, and is their highest point total at home this season. Milwaukee is now 10-3 in games they score 100+.

  • Milwaukees defense dominated again tonight, holding its opponent to 90 points or fewer for the third straight game (89 vs. Boston, 76 against Washington). The Bucks are 4th in the league in scoring defense (averaging 92.6 opponents points per game); Chicago is first, surrendering 91.5 opponent points per game.

  • Milwaukees point guards were on point tonight. Jennings, Boykins and Dooling combined to go 19 of 25 for 45 points and 12 of the teams 23 dishes.

  • Jon Brockman tied his career high in points with 11. He added six rebounds and one assist in 21:28. Brockman also took a charge and sank two free throws to help spark the 22-4 second quarter run.

  • The Bucks improved to 8-0 when shooting 50 percent or higher. They were averaging 42.3 percent coming into the game (last in the league) and shot 55.1 percent tonight.

  • Every Bucks player who played tonight scored at least three points.

IN LIKE A LION Brandon Jennings has stepped it up so far this March, scoring in double figures in the first four games of the month. In those games, the point guard is averaging a team-high 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. In Tuesdays win over Washington, Jennings recorded 23 points on 50.0 percent from the field (10-20), five rebounds, four assists and three steals. This season, the Bucks are 6-2 when Jennings has performances with 20 or more points, five or more rebounds and four or more assists.

STEADY SALMONS John Salmons had a big game against the Wizards, notching 22 points on 7-14 from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe, five rebounds and five assists. On the season, the Bucks have gone 10-5 when Salmons dishes out five or more assists and 4-1 when Salmons has had five-plus assists and 20-plus points.

15/5/5 = W (77.8 PERCENT OF THE TIME) With Salmons 15 point, five rebound, five assist performance Tuesday night, the Bucks have improved to 12-3 when a player records a stat line with 15+ points/5+ rebounds/5+assists. If you include 15+ point/5+ rebound/5+ block performances (Bogut has had four of those this year), the teams record is

14-4.MARCH MADNESS Busy is an understatement for the Bucks in the month of March. The team has 16 total games, 10 of which will be played at home. The last time the Bucks had more than 16 games in one month was 18 in January 2009. The last time the Bucks had more than 16 games in the month of March was 17 in March 2005. The Bucks are currently in a stretch where they play 12 games in 21 days. That stretch includes four back-to-back sets and eight games against opponents who are .500 or better (46-15 Boston twice, 33-30 Philadelphia, 37-27 Atlanta, 40-24 Orlando, 33-29 New York twice and 44-18 Chicago).

ON THE HORIZON The Bucks players have several milestones on the horizon: Brandon Jennings (214) is 18 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history. Carlos Delfino (390) is 10 3-pointers from 400 for his career and (286) 14 steals from 300. Chris Douglas-Roberts (189) is 11 assists from 200 for his career, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (196) is four steals from 200. John Salmons (1,994) is six rebounds from 2,000 and (592) eight steals from 600 for his career.

  • Tonights game begins a stretch in which the Bucks will play four of their next six games at the Bradley Center.

  • The Bucks will close out their 17th of a league-high 23 sets of back-to-backs tonight. So far this season, the Bucks are 6-10 in the second game of B2Bs. For more info, check out the stat box to your right.

  • Corey Maggette missed Tuesdays game due to a sore right knee. Ersan Ilyasova also sat out his fifth-straight game due to a concussion.

  • Bucks center Andrew Bogut returned to action Tuesday night after missing three games due to a left intercostal muscle strain. Bogut scored 14 points on 7-13 shooting (53.8 percent), pulled down nine rebounds and dished out a season-high seven assists (one off his career-high eight assists).

  • The Bucks forced the Wizards into 22 turnovers and converted those mishandles into 24 points.

  • The Bucks recorded a season-high 14 steals in Tuesdays win over Washington. Carlos Delfino, Brandon Jennings and Earl Boykins each contributed three steals.

  • The Bucks defense continues to improve this season as they rank fourth in points allowed (92.6), sixth in defensive FG percentage (44.6) and sixth in opponents 3-point percentage (33.8). Theyve held 46 of their 62 opponents below 100 points (tied for second in the NBA) and 22 of those foes were held below 90 points.
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Corey Maggette Sore right knee
Ersan Ilyasova Concussion
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Baron Davis Personal reasons
Semih Erden Right adductor strain
Daniel Gibson Left quad contusion
Antawn Jamison Left finger fracture
Anderson Varejao Right ankle

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