Bucks vs Nuggets
Lead Changes: 10
Times Tied: 7
Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 16,033
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Marshfield Clinic Shining Moment - Bucks vs Nuggets
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On the end of the game
We had two layups that we werent able to convert at the five minute mark. There were too many missed opportunities. We had good, wide open looks pretty much the whole game, but there were too many missed threes.

On guarding Carmelo Anthony
We were trying to wait for a decent time to put Luc Mbah a Moute on him. We didnt want him on Anthony the whole game, he has a tendency to get used to whoevers guarding him no matter how good they are defensively; so we wanted to get Luc on him later in the game.

Guard John Salmons

On his play tonight
I just had my shot going for me from the beginning and just tried to be aggressive for the rest of the game.

On the end of the game
Denver wasnt really hitting their shots either. Chauncey Billups hit that one three that put them ahead and we werent able to come back from that. It was a defensive battle at the end of the game and thats what wins the game. They just had more stops than we did.

Forward Corey Maggette

On tonights game
I had a back strain the last couple days, and I felt better in practice yesterday and if I feel I can go in the game Ill give it a shot. I felt a little tight out there and there were some shots that I couldnt make; I couldnt get the lift that I usually do. John Salmons carried the team tonight; he put us in a position to win the game. The team played extremely hard, especially with the injuries to Keyon Dooling and Ersan Ilyasova. Were just going to take this break and come in with a different attitude and put us in a position to make a playoff push.

  • Tonights starting lineup for Milwaukee was their 19th different lineup on the season. Entering tonight, the 19 lineups is tied with Washington for second in the league behind Cleveland and Sacramento who each had 20 different lineups entering tonight.

  • Ersan Ilyasova missed his first game of the season tonight. Ilyasova was the only Bucks player to have played in every game prior to tonight.

  • Corey Maggette returned to the lineup after missing Mondays game with lower back pain. Maggette came off the bench to score 16 points for Milwaukee tonight.

  • The Nuggets allowed 87 points tonight snapping a 19 game streak in which theyve allowed 100 points or more on the road. It is the first road win of the season (1-10) for Denver when scoring less than 100 points.

  • Tonights win for Denver snaps a three-game losing streak at the Bradley Center. It is the first time the Nuggets have swept the Bucks since the 2006-07 season.

  • With tonights loss, the Bucks fall to 0-8 against Northwestern Division opponents.

  • Denver went on a 14-3 run in the third quarter which Milwaukee then followed with a 14-3 run of their own to tie the game at 71-71. John Salmons scored 10 points in the third for the Bucks. Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin each scored nine for Denver in the quarter.

  • The Nuggets ended the first quarter on a 16-4 run to take a 27-16 lead. Denver shot 11-18 (61.1 percent) from the field led by 12 points from Carmelo Anthony. John Salmons led Milwaukee with eight points at the end of the quarter. The Bucks were 0-7 from outside in first.

  • Milwaukee went on a 13-4 run in the second quarter and outscored Denver 27-19 to narrow the gap to 46-43 going into halftime. Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 21 and John Salmons led the Bucks with 15.

  • John Salmons scored a season high 33 points in tonights game for Milwaukee. Salmons went 13-23 (56.5 percent) from the field.

  • Carmelo Anthony tallied his 12th double-double of the season with 38 points and 12 rebounds. Entering tonights game Anthony had been averaging 33.0 points in his previous five games in which Denver went 1-4. It is the 17th time this season Anthony has scored 30 or more.

  • Andrew Bogut finished tonights game with 20 rebounds. It is the third game this season Bogut has brought in 20 or more rebounds.

CARLOS DEL-3-NO Carlos Delfino turned into his alter-ego on Wednesday, Carlos Del-3-no, knocking down a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to a season-best 26 points. The seven threes tie him for the fifth-highest total in the NBA this year (Dorell Wright tops the league with nine). Over his last two titlts, the Argentine has averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor (16-30) and 57.1 percent from three (8-14). Despite missing 32 games, Del-3-no is fourth on the club with 46 3-pointers.

MOUTE KICKS BOUTE Luc Richard Mbah a Moute logged his third double-double in the last seven tilts Monday. Hes averaging 8.1 points and 8.6 rebounds over that time while shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and getting to the line a team-best 27 times (3.9 per game) in that stretch (19-27, 70.4). In his 46 games prior to this stretch he was averaging 5.1 points and 4.8 rebounds on 45.5 percent shooting and 1.8 free throw attempts per game.

INTERNATIONAL IMPORTS The Bucks have four players who were born overseas (Andrew Bogut Australia, Carlos Delfino Argentina, Ersan Ilyasova Turkey and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroon) and when you add a fifth player from the U.S., theyre capable of starting a player from five different continents. Milwaukee has imported 1,661 points (33.6 percent of team total), 1,209 rebounds (53.8 percent), 240 assists (24.1 percent), 168 blocks (62.2 percent), 147 steals (38.5 percent) and 79 3-pointers (26.0 percent) from those four players. In the 174 games those four players have appeared in, they contribute an average of 40.3 points, 26.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.6 blocks. 2.7 3-pointers and 3.7 steals.

THREE FOR ME In the last three tilts, the Bucks are 31-75 (41.3 percent) from 3-point range for an average of 10.3 3-pointers per game. Theyve knocked down 11 3-pointers in two of those games (equaling their season-high) and Carlos Delfino is leading the way with 10 makes on 50.0 percent long-range shooting (10-20). Brandon Jennings (6-16, 37.5 percent) and Corey Maggette (6-10, 60.0 in two games) are second on the club in makes over that time.

NEARING NUMBERS Jennings (202) is now 30 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history. A few other notable milestones are on the horizon for the Bucks. Andrew Bogut (3,501) is 19 rebounds from passing Glenn Robinson (3,519) for fifth place in franchise history. Bogut (576) is also 11 blocks away from passing Ervin Johnson for third. John Salmons (495) needs five 3-pointers for 500. Keyon Dooling (648) needs two games to reach 650.

  • The Bucks are fourth in points allowed (92.7) and ninth in opponents shooting percentage (44.7). They have held 40 foes under 100 points (tied for first) and 18 opponents have been held to 89 or less.

  • Since returning to the starting lineup February 8, John Salmons has averaged 14.8 points (second on team), 5.0 assists (first), 3.2 boards and 1.2 steals (third). He has shot 38.5 percent from three (5-13) and gotten to the line 19 times (second on team) and sinking 15 (78.9). He tied his career-high with 12 assists on Monday.

  • Milwaukees bench has outscored their foes 34.6-15.7 (104-47) over the last three.

  • The last two seasons the Bucks have won their last game prior to the All-Star Break.

  • The Bucks are in the midst of a stretch of four consecutive home games and are 1-1 so far. Three of those home games are prior to All-Star weekend. Following the break, the Bucks host Minnesota on Feb. 22 and travel to New York on Feb. 23 before returning to the BC for another four-game home stand.

  • Jon Brockman logged a season-best 25 minutes Monday and tied his career-best with 11 points. He finished 3-3 from the field and 5-6 from the line (five makes ties his career-high).
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Corey Maggette Lower back pain
Larry Sanders Back spasms
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury

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