Bucks vs Nuggets
Lead Changes: 1
Times Tied: 2

TV COMPANION RECAP

Attendance: 11,322
Duration: 2 hours and 4 minutes
4-9
9-5
95
105

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
21
23
23
28
95
26
37
22
20
105

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On the team's struggles
"We're not close to really understanding how hard we need to play and how hard we have to compete and pay attention to detail. A whole bunch of things like that. We're trying to get to the bottom of it."

On tonight's game
"They just ran right by us. We had several clips at half time, you guys all saw it, where we just stood there and kind of let them right by us. That was point number one in the game plan and obviously we failed."

On changing lineups
"We were just looking for any lineup to junk the game up a little bit; see if we can't get some fresh bodies in there. We got something going for ourselves, we made a little bit of a run but when we got it close, that's when you have to play perfectly and we didn't."

Forward Jon Leuer

On tonight's game
"You can't pick out just one thing. Obviously they got some easy buckets in transition in the second quarter and that's what separated the game. They got those easy buckets and we didn't do a good job at getting back at all. That's on us to put the effort in to get back and that's something we have to get better at."

On the second half
"It was good to see everyone stepped up and didn't quit and kept fighting. I think that tells a lot about the guys on this team that we aren't just going to roll over and die. In the end we just dug ourselves too big a hole."

Guard Beno Udrih

On tonight's game
"In the scouting report it did say that they run the floor and when they get a rebound they kick it ahead. Basically that's what they did in the first half. In the second half we were just trying to pressure them but the lead was too big."

On fighting back in the second half
"That's how this game is, you have to be playing the right way from the beginning, not from the second half. That's what we did today and once a team like that gets hot and in a rhythm it's tough."



  • Tonight marks the Bucks first home loss of the season (1-5). Milwaukee falls to 0-5 when trailing at the half.

  • Ersan Ilyasova had a season-high 11 rebounds (previously 9).

  • Tobias Harris finished with 14 points tonight - his third game out of six played this season in which he scored in double figures.

  • Brandon Jennings made 13 field goals (59.1%), the most by a Bucks player in a game this season.

  • Corey Brewer finished with a season-high 22 points, including 12 points in the second quarter.

  • Denver went on a 19-4 run midway through the second quarter to open up a 19 point lead. The Nuggets had six fastbreak points during the run and 17 in the half.

  • The Nuggets came into tonight's game first in the league in field goal percentage. Denver shot 32-75 tonight (42.7%).

HOME RUN The Bucks and Spurs are the only two teams in the NBA who remain undefeated on their home court but have not won on the road. Milwaukee looks to extend its home winning streak to five victory over the Nuggets at the Bradley Center tonight. The Bucks have a long way to go before setting any record streaks in either direction as the longest runs of home victories and road defeats are both 24 game. However, this is the longest road drought to start off the season since 1976-77, when the Bucks went winless for the first 16 away games before beating New Jersey 126-110 on 12/17/76. Milwaukee also started the 2009-10 season 4-0 at home before losing in OT to Dallas 113-115 in their fifth game at the BC. In 2007-08, the Bucks opened the season with six consecutive home wins.

BACK-TO-BACK STATS Tonight's game against the Nuggets marks the end of the fifth back-to-back set for the Bucks this season. In the four closing games to this point, the Bucks are 1-3, but 1-0 at home (a 98-95 win over Minnesota on 12/27).

MOST VALUABLE AUSSIE Andrew Bogut returned to the Bucks lineup yesterday after missing the previous game with concussion-like symptoms, and while the Bucks fell short in Philadelphia, the Aussie's presence was felt. Bogut finished with a season-high 20 points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

  • The Bucks fell to the Sixers yesterday despite posting a better field goal percentage than their opponent, the third time this season that's happened:
    • 1/16 @ PHI, L 82-94, 46.7% - 44.0%;
    • 1/5 @ SAC, L 100-103, 51.3% - 40.7%
    • 1/2 @ DEN, L 86-91, 42.0% - 39.8%.

  • For the third game in a row, at least one Bucks reserve has come off the bench to score 10 or more points. On 1/16 @ PHI, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. On 1/13 @ DAL, Shaun Livingston scored 15 points, and on 1/12 vs. DET, Ersan Ilyasova had 14 points in the win.

  • Rookie Jon Leuer has scored double-digit points in four of his last five games, the only Bucks player to do so.

  • Beno Udrih returned to the lineup yesterday after missing the previous five games with a left shoulder sprain.
Jennings
Delfino
Jackson
Leuer
Bogut
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Lawson
Afflalo

Gallinari

Nene
Mozgov
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Luc Mbah a Moute Right knee contusion
Out
Mike Dunleavy Groin pain
Out
Player Injury
Status
Rudy Fernandez Right Achilles tendon strain
Day-to-Day
DeMarre Carroll Left hamstring strain
Out


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