GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Miami - 01/07/11

Bucks vs Heat
Lead Changes: 3
Times Tied: 8

Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 18,717
Duration: 2 hours, 42 minutes


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

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On tonight's game ...
"We played really hard tonight. To hold them to 36 points in the second half, not counting the overtime, means we're playing hard. When plays need to be made we're still having trouble making them. We gave up a rebound, a free throw, we had too many turnovers."

On the end of the game ...
"We just have to be more respectful of the situation and get to spots quicker, be sharper with the ball, and those kinds of things. We missed a bunch of shots again in the paint again when we needed to come up with some scores. You can't fault the guys' effort, they did everything they could to try to win the game, we just weren't sharp enough when we needed to be."

On the second half...
"We got something going in the second half. We're searching for lineups right now that can get something going for us and get something going consistently. We found one there in the second half for a while and we were able to get a lead and have a chance. But when we really needed to make plays we just weren't able to make them."

Center Andrew Bogut

On tonight's game...
"We had our chances we just didn't take them. We had some good looks at the basket in the fourth quarter to try and take the lead and win the game. We had plays leading up to that, I had a bad shooting night myself, maybe one more lay-up, or one more tip-in. But we battled through it and stuck with it, they're a good team."

On the team's energy...
"I think early on we had a little bit of energy but we were up and down. In the second half we really sustained it. They were getting frustrated a little bit, we were getting frustrated, things got a little chippy. That's the kind of game we want to play at home."

Forward Ersan Ilyasova

On tonight's game...
"All of us, we tried to fight until the end, especially today. It was a tough loss against Miami. In Miami we played well too, it was a tight game there too. Down there we really struggled defensively but today we shared the ball and we just played as well defensively."

On moving past the loss ...
"Like early in the season, we were struggling with a lot of injuries right now but other guys are stepping up, like the guys off the bench. But it's a long season, those games will come but we just have to be focused and stay positive."

  • LeBron James started the game off hot tonight, scoring eight of the Heat's first 15 points and going 3-3 from the field. Miami used their high field goal percentage in the first quarter (57.9 percent to the Bucks 38.9 percent) to jump out to an early 12 point lead. This is the 11th game in which the Bucks have started a game scoring 19 points or less.

  • With Earl Boykins second basket (sixth point) of the game he has surpassed the 5,500th point mark for his career. Boykins finished the game with 14 points and is now only needs 13 points to pass Johnny Egan for 12th place for career points for players under 6-feet.
  • After falling behind by 16 points early in the second quarter, the Bucks used a 9-0 run (including seven consecutive points by Chris Douglas-Roberts) to pull within seven points. However, the Heat answered with a 9-2 run of their own to extend the lead back to 13.
  • Milwaukee closed the second quarter on an 8-4 run and went into halftime trailing only by seven points after being down by 16 in the quarter. Chris Douglas-Roberts led the Bucks in scoring with 15 points (all in the second quarter), while LeBron James led all scorers with 18.
  • Through two quarters the Heat were able to limit Andrew Bogut to only six points on 3-9 shooting. However, he was able to grab 12 rebounds in the first half including five offensive.
  • After scoring eight points in the first quarter, Milwaukee held Dwyane Wade scoreless in the second and third quarters. During that span Wade shot 2-13 from the field, and the Bucks cut Miami's lead to three points heading into the fourth quarter.
  • With 2:04 left in the game the Bucks were ahead 85-81 but the Heat answered with a 10-2 run to go ahead 91-87, but the Bucks answered with four consecutive points in the final 24 seconds to send the game into overtime.
  • Miami was able to hang on in overtime and beat the Bucks 101-95. The Bucks are now 0-2 in overtime games this season. With the Heat victory, they now move to 53-30 all-time versus the Bucks in the regular season (3-0 against Milwaukee this year). The 53 wins are the second-most wins Miami has recorded against an opponent.
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts did all he could to keep Milwaukee in the game tonight scoring a season high 30 points, just one point shy of his career high he scored with the New Jersey Nets. He also had a career high four blocks.
  • Andrew Bogut finished tonight with a career high 27 rebounds and his 20 defensive rebounds are the most by any NBA player this season. The previous high was 19 by Minnesota's Kevin Love on November 12 vs. New York.
  • Tonight's game marks the first sell-out of the season for the Bucks. Through 16 home games this season the Bucks have averaged 15,768 fans (total of 252,285 fans) up from last year at the 16 game mark (total of 234,464 fans, 14,654 average).

STRONG SCHEDULE - So far this season, the Bucks have faced 24 opponents with records of .500 or better,
which ties New Jersey for the most games against .500+ opponents. The Bucks have gone 9-15 in those games,
while the Nets have gone 6-18. Memphis has had the second-highest number of .500+ opponents with 21. The
Bucks are tied for eighth in wins against those teams with their nine victories, while Dallas leads the league with 15
wins against teams .500 or better. Three of the Bucks next four opponents have .500+ records and combine for a
91-54 (.628) record.

SWEET SALMONS - John Salmons has scored in double digits in the past nine games and in 13 of the past 15.
Over the nine most recent games, he leads the Bucks in scoring with 17.9 points and has shot 51.5 percent (17-
33) from 3-point range while pulling down 3.2 rebounds and handing out 3.4 assists.

BENCH PROFICIENCY - The Bucks bench has outscored the opponents' bench in each of the past four contests by
an average of 37.3-24.8 (149-99). The Bucks bench tied a season-high Wednesday with 57 points (also had 57 at
Atlanta on Nov. 10). Earl Boykins leads the Bucks bench players with 14.7 points in those games (although he
missed one game due to an NBA suspension) and Corey Maggette has chipped in 13.0 points over the past four.

BRING IT BACK (TO BACK) - Tonight, the Bucks open their 10th of a league-leading 23 back-to-back sets. This is their second back-to-back set of the week
after facing Miami and Orlando on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The Bucks are in the midst of its second of four weeks this season where they play
two back-to-back sets. The next time this happens will be from Feb. 8-Feb. 12 (vs. Toronto/at Washington; at Memphis/vs. Indiana).

NO LITTLE ACCOMPLISHMENT - Bucks 5-5 point guard Earl Boykins has tallied 5,495 points over his 12-year NBA career and is 13th in career points for
players under 6-feet. Boykins needs 27 points to pass 5-11 Johnny Egan for 12th place. Out of the 12 players ahead of Boykins, only one (5-3 Muggsy
Bogues) is 5-5 or shorter.

  • Bucks rookie Larry Sanders had a career-high 15 points in the Bucks loss in Orlando Wednesday night. The 6-
    11 forward had a Bucks-best eight rebounds Wednesday and also had career-highs in field goals (seven) and
    offensive rebounds (five) in 30:41 off the bench.

  • Over the last four games, Luc Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova are crashing the boards and rebounding
    above their season averages. Mbah a Moute is grabbing 6.8 rpg (5.1 rpg season average) while Ilyasova is
    second on the team behind Andrew Bogut with 8.5 rpg (5.7).

  • On Wednesday, the Bucks scored 30 points in the fourth quarter which is a season high for the team in the
    final period.

  • The Bucks have committed just nine turnovers, one off their season-low of eight, in each of their last two
    games. So far this season, the Bucks are averaging 13.7 turnovers (ninth in the NBA), while forcing their
    opponents into 15.3 turnovers (eighth).

  • A few milestones are on the horizon for the Bucks: Drew Gooden is (447) three steals away from 450 and
    (395) five blocks away from 400; Earl Boykins (5,495) is five points away from 5,500 and (1,975) 25 assists
    from 2,000; Keyon Dooling (4,495) is five points away from 4,500; Scott Skiles (93) is seven wins away from
    his 100th victory with the Bucks.

  • On Wednesday, Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was selected to compete in the Sprite Slam Dunk
    Contest during the 2011 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Jennings, who is 6-1, will compete against the
    Clippers 6-10 Blake Griffin, 6-10 Serge Ibaka from Oklahoma City and 7-0 JaVale McGee of Washington.
*Projected Starters by

Player Injury
Drew Gooden Plantar faciitis
Brandon Jennings Sore left ankle
Carlos Delfino Concussion-like symptoms
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Udonis Haslem Left foot injury

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