GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Detroit - 1/12/12

Bucks vs Pistons
Lead Changes: 2
Times Tied: 2


Attendance: 11,465
Duration: 2 hours and 18 minutes


The Davis Dish - Bucks vs Pistons Recap
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On the close game…
"It's been kind of a reoccurring theme for us. It's something we have to continue to talk about and try to work on. Sometimes it's when we've gone to the bench, other times the starters have been out there. There hasn't been any real kind of common denominator, it's just something that's happened."

On the teams' energy…
"Most of these games around the league, it happened again tonight, there were moments in the game where you look out there and it looks like ten totally fatigued players on the floor. There were several moments like that tonight. A lot of these games are won by the team that has the most energy and we were able to at least build a lead and hold them off."

On Greg Monroe…
"The main thing in the game and on the stat sheet was we couldn't handle (Greg) Monroe. He just took it to us whoever was guarding him. We had trouble there."

Foward Jon Leuer

On starting the game…
"It's really no different coming off the bench or starting. Whenever you're in there you just have to bring what you have, and that's what I tried to do."

On tonight's game…
"It's always nice to have a few good things early. We jumped out to a lead, and they kind of crawled back a little bit. You have to give them credit, they didn't quit. In the end we just made a few more plays."

Guard Brandon Jennings

On tonight's game…
"We kind of just had it going again tonight. The fact that we got two home wins, especially getting a win against our division rivals, that's really big for us. Now it's time to go on the road and see if we can get two more."

On having Andrew Bogut for the road trip …

"Just the fact that we got our big man (Andrew Bogut) back and we got other guys back, gives us the confidence we need. Now that we know that guys are healthy, we know that we can win. On the west coast road trip we would compete, but we just tried to give our best. Now that we have our big man we'll be all right."

  • With the win tonight, the Bucks remained undefeated at the Bradley Center this season (4-0), while Detroit fell to 0-5 on the road.

  • Milwaukee scored 31 points in the first quarter, marking the fifth time this season the Bucks have scored 30+ points in the opening frame. The 31 points are the most allowed by the Pistons in the first quarter this season.

  • Detroit's only lead of the game was 41-40, lasting one possession at the 1:59 mark in the second quarter.

  • Tonight's game marked Scott Skiles' 400th victory as an NBA head coach, and it comes three years to the day following his 300th career win (97-91 vs. Washington on 1/12/09). Skiles is the 39th coach in NBA history to reach 400 career wins.

  • Jon Leuer made his first career start tonight, tallying 15 points and 6 rebounds in 32 minutes of action. Leuer became just the 5th second-round draft pick (since the draft went to the current two-round format in 1989) to start a game for the Bucks as a rookie, joining Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Ramon Sessions, Ersan Ilyasova and Dan Gadzuric.

  • Milwaukee went on a 16-4 run midway through the third quarter, with Stephen Jackson scoring 10 of his 25 points during the burst.

  • The Bucks went 11-22 (.500) from three point range, the second straight game shooting at least 50% from behind the arc.

  • Tonight was the sixth time in 10 games the Bucks have scored 20+ points off turnovers.

  • For only the second time in the past 25 years two teams combined to shoot 100% from the free throw line. The Bucks went 17-17 and the Pistons 24-24. The only other game was the Hawks at the Raptors on Dec. 22, 2000.

RELYING ON JACKSON – Stephen Jackson went 12-17 from the field against the Spurs Tuesday night, 3-4 from the three-point line and was 7-7 for free throws. With a game- and season-high 34 points to go along with eight assists, this was his best showing in a Bucks uniform so far. This season, Jackson is one of the most reliable veterans in the NBA. Among players age 33 or older, he ranks third in minutes played (32.8) behind Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen (36.8 and 34.6, respectively), seventh in points per game (15.0) and ninth in assists (3.4).

BOGUT'S BACK – After missing four games due to personal reasons, Andrew Bogut returned to the Bradley Center court Tuesday night with a vengeance to record his second double-double of the season (14 points and 11 rebounds). With that performance, Bogut became one of only nine NBA players to currently average a double-double in scoring and rebounding per game.

  • Head coach Scott Skiles earned his 399th win on Tuesday night in the 106-103 victory over San Antonio. Skiles is poised to become the 39th coach in league history to surpass 400 career wins.

  • Brandon Jennings had his ninth career double-double and his first of the season against San Antonio. Without attempting a shot in the first quarter, Jennings finished with 15 points and 11 assists on the night.

  • The Bucks outscored an opponent in the second half, 47-44, for the first time this season in the win over the Spurs.

  • Milwaukee surpassed its season high in assists against the Spurs, finishing with 31 (previously 26). The Bucks had 25 by the end of the third quarter.

  • Rookie Tobias Harris made his Bradley Center debut, going 3-4 in field goal attempts.

  • Milwaukee has either been leading or tied at halftime in seven of nine games this season.

*Projected Starters by

Player Injury
Luc Mbah a Moute Right knee contusion
Beno Udrih Left shoulder contusion
Mike Dunleavy Groin pain
Player Injury
Rodney Stuckey Sore groin
Charlie Villanueva Sore right ankle