Bucks vs Pistons
Lead Changes: 7
Times Tied: 6

TV Companion

Attendance: 15,791
Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On trying to find a winning lineup combination tonight
We didnt play very well beginning to end, to say the least. Basically all they had to do in the first five, six minutes of the game is put one of their guards down on the baseline, run off a couple screens, they were wide open, they knocked those down. We had great difficulty getting something going; Bogues (Andrew Bogut) got something going for us a little bit, and he was very good in the first half, but we had a hard time finding a place to go with it, getting anything of quality going.

On lineup shakeup in fourth quarter bringing in Earl Boykins, Chris Douglas-Roberts and
Larry Sanders
We tried to close it and couldnt get over the hump, that happened multiple times. You never know, you put fresh bodies in the game, maybe something gets ignited, somebody could steal it. We hung in a little bit there, but we couldnt get it.

Center Andrew Bogut

On the loss
Our defense in that first quarter was terrible. Rip (Richard) Hamilton, hes an All-Star, [but] he hasnt played in over a month, and he comes in and starts hitting shots and were not rotating well. Theres no excuse for our effort tonight, we played terribly offensively, defensively. Talent doesnt cut it in this league. Were a talented team, but were not good enough at the moment. Whether we find that in practice, or we find it wherever we find it, we need to find it before Tuesday. We have two winnable games coming up; well go from there.

Guard Keyon Dooling

On the loss
We got a lot of good players, so if some nights some guys dont have it going, guys that come in off the bench can get it done. Unfortunately tonight for us, we had too many guys who couldnt get it going. At the end of the day, we have a lot of talent on paper, but were just not getting it done, flat out. Were not getting it done on the offensive end, were not getting it done on the defensive end. Were not winning in the intangible game, the hustle points, the things that dont show up in the stats sheet. Right now, we are what our record says we are; we are not a very good team right now. But, that could change. We have enough ability, enough talent to make that change. It just has to happen soon for us.

  • Corey Maggette had another quick start to tonights game. In the first quarter he had nine of the Bucks 22 points and shot 4-5 from the field.

  • Despite allowing the Pistons to shoot 59.5 percent from the field in the first half, the Bucks only trailed by five points after two quarters. The Bucks were able to cut Detroits lead from 11 points to five in the second quarter behind Maggette and Andrew Bogut who combined had 27 of the 47 points.

  • After allowing 52 points in the first half the Bucks stepped up their defensive effort in the third quarter limiting Detroit to 14 points on 5-14 (35.7 percent) shooting. However the Bucks were not able to capitalize on their defensive effort in the third quarter and cut into Detroits lead (they scored only 13 points on 5-20 shooting).

  • The 13 second quarter points for the Bucks are a season low for that quarter.

  • Detroit was able to pull away in what ended up being a very sloppy game and won 89-78. Combined the teams had 28 turnovers (Bucks 13, Detroit 15) and 41 fouls (Bucks 23, Detroit 18).

  • Coming into tonights game, Ersan Ilyasova had scored in double figures in six of the last seven games. Tonight he had trouble finding the basket scoring six points on 3-11 shooting.

  • Milwaukee has now lost four in a row and fall to .500 (11-11) at home.

  • The Pistons shot 51.5 percent from the field (35-68) and had four players in double figures for points including Tracy McGrady who had a game-high 20 points. Milwaukee is now 0-12 on the season when they allow an opponent to shoot over 50 percent.

  • Detroit was able to lock down one of Milwaukees hottest players in the past few games. They were able to hold Carlos Delfino to eight points and forced him to shoot 2-11 from the field. They also limited Brandon Jennings effectiveness, as he finished the game with only four points and five assists.

(NO LONGER) STRANGERS IN TOWN After missing time with separate injuries, Bucks starters Brandon Jennings and John Salmons returned to the lineup last week. Jennings missed 19 games recovering from left foot surgery and returned January 31 against the Clippers where he came off the bench and logged just over 17 minutes. Against Phoenix, he was back in the starting lineup and logged 24:27 and then played 19:33 at Golden State. Salmons missed nine games with right hip soreness and has come off the bench the last two games (11:22 at Phoenix, 21:06 at Golden State).

NIGHT MOVES The Bucks have been moving the ball well recently with a season-high 31 assists (on 39 field goals) Wednesday at Golden State. Keyon Dooling led the Bucks with nine assists while Brandon Jennings had six dimes. Luc Mbah a Moute had a career-high five assists while Carlos Delfino also chipped in five assists. In Doolings last five games played, he is averaging a team-best 7.2 assists to just 0.8 turnovers (36:4), which is a 9.00:1.00 assist-to-turnover ratio. As a team, the Bucks rank last (30th) in the league with 18.4 assists per game but are averaging 21.6 dimes over the last five games.

THE FIRE INSIDE Lately, theres no way Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova can hide the fire inside. He has been hitting his mark as he has scored in doublefigures six of the last seven games on his way to 16.7 points per game, second to Corey Maggettes 18.6 in that stretch. Ilyasova is scoring his points while knocking down 56.2 percent of his field goals (50-89), 40.0 percent of his 3-pointers (6-15) and 84.6 percent of his free throws (11-13). The third-year Turkish player has also added 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game over the last seven.

STILL THE SAME Much like Bob Seger croons, Bucks forward Corey Maggette has been consistent as a starter for the Bucks in the last 11 games and is producing some big numbers. Maggette leads Milwaukee with 18.9 points over that time and is scoring his points by connecting on 49.7 percent of his field goals (71-143), 37.5 percent of his 3-pointers (9-24) and 85.1 percent of his free throws (57-67). Maggettes 57 makes from the line more than doubles the next closest Buck over that stretch and his nine made 3-pointers rank him third on the team. In addition to the points, the Duke product has produced 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists while clocking in for 32.2 minutes during this 11-game stretch. Maggette has 56 made free throws in his last 10 games, which ranks him 17th in the NBA over that stretch.

  • Keyon Dooling and Larry Sanders returned to the Bucks bench Thursday night at Golden State after missing Wednesdays game at Phoenix with an illness.

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute recorded his fourth double-double of the season Thursday night with 15 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. Mbah a Moute had 11 of the teams 20 offensive rebounds.

  • Over his last 10 contests, Mbah a Moute has shot 53.5 percent from the field (23-43). He is averaging 5.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 22.3 minutes over that stretch.

  • On Thursday, Ersan Ilyasova (1,001) surpassed the 1,000-rebound mark. A few personal milestones are on the horizon for the Bucks: Brandon Jennings (195) is five 3-pointers away from 200 and John Salmons (490) is 10 3-pointers away from 500. Andrew Bogut (559) is closing in on Ervin Johnson (586) for third in franchise history for blocks. Hes also closing in on sixth place in team history in rebounds as he has 3,446 and Sidney Moncrief stands at 3,447. Hes also close to Quinn Buckner (4,738) for 18th place in points as he has 4,735.

  • Since returning on January 21 at Cleveland, Carlos Delfino leads the Bucks with 16 3-pointers (1.8 per game). Delfino had a full stat-line on Thursday at Golden State, scoring 20 points (9-22 from the field), with eight rebounds, five assists and a Bucks season-high (and career-high) five steals in 44:56.

  • The Bucks have averaged 9.8 (39) steals over their last three games compared to 4.8 (19) for their opponents. It has helped them to a 12.8 (51) to 14.5 (58) edge in turnovers per game.

  • The Bucks used their 15th different starting lineup of the season on Wednesday at Phoenix (Jennings, Delfino, Maggette, Mbah a Moute, Ilyasova), which ties the number of different starting lineups the team used last year.
Mbah a Moute
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Andrew Bogut Plantars Faciitis
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Rodney Stuckey Right shoulder contusion
Jason Maxiell Sore back
Jonas Jerebko Partially ruptured achilles
Terrico White Broken right foot

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