NO RESERVE-ATIONS - The Bucks bench showed up in a big way Wednesday night in Cleveland. Their four
reserves who appeared in the game outscored Cleveland's six reserves 40-30. Keyon Dooling recorded a seasonhigh
18 points, five rebounds and two steals, while Corey Maggette chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds and
rookie Larry Sanders recorded season-high numbers in points (eight), rebounds (seven) and steals (two).
THANKS(NOT-SO)GIVING - The Bucks weren't in a very giving mood on the eve of Thanksgiving, as they allowed
Cleveland just five points off of a season-low eight Bucks turnovers. The Bucks have taken equal or better care of
the basketball than their opponents in 10 of their 14 games so far, averaging 14.8 turnovers to their opponents'
15.9 turnovers (eighth in the league). In their five wins thus far, the Bucks are forcing their opponents into 18.2
turnovers per game while committing 16.4 turnovers themselves.
BOARDING SCHOOL - The Bucks have outrebounded foes in 11 of 14 games this year, including the last seven. In
those seven, they've averaged 47.4 rebounds (332) to 39.0 for their opponents (273) with Drew Gooden (10.6)
and Andrew Bogut (10.3) snagging double-digit rebounds, and Ersan Ilyasova (5.9) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
(5.6) contributing five or more rebounds. On the season the Bucks average 44.6 rebounds, good for fourth in the
NBA. They're ranked ninth in offensive rebounds (12.3) and are tied for sixth in defensive rebounds (32.4) to join
the Lakers, Bulls and Timberwolves as the only teams ranked in the top 10 in offensive and defensive rebounding.
Milwaukee leads the league in rebound percentage, collecting 53.1 percent of the rebounds that are available in a
game. The Bucks have a 79.1 defensive rebounding percentage, which is also first in the league.
NEARING NUMBERS - A few personal milestones are on the way for Bucks players. Corey Maggette (11,995) is five points away from 12,000 for his career.
Earl Boykins (597) is three games away from 600. Andrew Bogut (482) is 14 blocks away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (495) for fourth in franchise
history. Carlos Delfino (249) is one steal away from 250 for his career and (346) needs four threes to reach 350. Drew Gooden (445) is five steals away from
450 and (394) six blocks away from 400. Ersan Ilyasova (495) needs five field goals for 500 and (142) eight 3-pointers for 150. Brandon Jennings (1,498)
needs two points for 1,500. John Salmons (1,493) needs seven assists for 1,500. The Bucks franchise (1,795) is five wins from 1,800. That's 14th among
active franchises, but their .524 winning percentage (1,795-1,628) is eighth among active franchises. Only Phoenix (1,921 wins) has been in the NBA as
long as the Bucks among teams ahead of Milwaukee in wins. All other franchises joined the league before Milwaukee.
Tonight, the Bucks will look to end their four-game skid while partaking in their third Central Division contest of
the season. So far, the Bucks have split a pair of Central match-ups; they defeated Indiana on Nov. 5, but
dropped an 83-81 decision to Cleveland on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
The Bucks held the Cavs to opponent season-lows in offensive rebounds (four) and steals (two) Wednesday.
Center Andrew Bogut missed the game against the Cavs due to back soreness. Bogut is listed as day-to-day.
Milwaukee has lost its last two games by a combined total of three points (81-82 vs. OKC, 81-83 at CLE).
The Bucks have held 12 of their 14 opponents to under 100 points so far this season, with one of those
opponents (Boston) scoring 105 points in overtime. The 12 games ties for first in the league with New
Orleans. Milwaukee is currently first in the league in opponent points, allowing just 90.5 points per game.
The Bucks allow the second-fewest points in the paint each game at 33.3. Orlando leads the league at 33.1
points in the paint per game. Milwaukee is 10th in second chance points at 13.9 and is allowing the fifth
fewest at 11.4. The Bucks have had the advantage in second chance points in 10 of their 14 games.
Tonight's game is the first half of the sixth back-to-back set for the Bucks this season. In total, Milwaukee will
play an NBA-high 23 sets of back-to-backs this year. So far, the Bucks are 2-3 in the opening game of B2Bs.
On Wednesday, the Bucks began a stretch in which they play four of five games away from the Bradley Center.