IN THE HISTORY BOOKS - With five games left in the regular season, the Bucks made history Tuesday night,
setting a franchise record for three-pointers in a season. Milwaukee drained seven three-pointers to surpass the
previous club record of 593 threes set in the 2000-01 season. The Bucks 599 threes rank them sixth in the
league. Brandon Jennings' Bucks rookie record 134 three-pointers rank second among rookies and tie him for 16th
in the NBA. Jennings and Carlos Delfino (123 threes) have combined for 257 threes, which is the most by a Bucks
duo since Michael Redd (163) and Bobby Simmons (105) combined for 268 in 2005-06.
NO JOHN DOE -The Bucks are 19-6 (.760) since acquiring John Salmons at the trade deadline. Over that span,
he's averaging a team-high 20.2 points to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals, leading or tied for the
team lead in scoring in 13 of those games and scoring double-figures in 23 of the 25. He's also tallied 13 games
with 20 points or more, including 20-plus performances in 10 of his last 14 games. Salmons is shooting 46.1
percent with the Bucks, including 39.4 percent from long range.
BOUNTIFUL BENCH - Last night, the Bucks bench outscored the Bulls 37-21 with Ersan Ilyasova scoring 17 points
(on 7-14 shooting) and Luke Ridnour adding 13. Luke Ridnour has scored double figures in eight of his last 10
games, averaging 11.1 points and a team-leading 4.8 assists and is shooting 48.8 percent (42-86), including 34.5
(10-29) from three-point range. Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in his last five games,
shooting 50.9 percent (29-57) from the field in those five.
WINNING WAYS -Tuesday night, the Bucks recorded their 43rd win, giving them the most wins since going 52-30 in the 2000-01 season. The Bucks, who
have the fifth-most wins of any NBA franchise since their inception in 1968-69, have now finished at .500 or above 25 times in their history. Milwaukee also
has its most home wins (27) since posting a 27-14 mark in 2003-04. Last night's win also gave the Bucks a 10-6 record against the Central Division this
year, which gives the Bucks their first winning record against the division since going 15-13 in 2003-04. The Bucks were 4-12 in 2008-09, 6-10 in 2007-08,
1-15 in 2006-07, 6-10 in 2005-06 and 8-8 in 2004-05 against their own division.
IN THE LAST 25... - The Bucks have won 19 of their last 25 (.760) games, receiving key contributions from several different players. John Salmons is the
team's leading scorer over that time with 20.2 per game (see the `No John Doe' note on page one for more on Salmons). Brandon Jennings (5.2 assists) and
Luke Ridnour (4.0) have been the main distributors while Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino have grabbed 6.8 and 6.1 rebounds, respectively.
- With their 79-74 win in Chicago last night, the Bucks clinched their first playoff berth since the 2005-06
season. It is the 26th time the Bucks have qualified for the playoffs in 42 NBA seasons.
- Last night, the Bucks held the Bulls to just nine second-quarter points, which is a season low for a Bucks
opponent. It was just the fifth win for the Bucks when scoring 89 or less, but the Bucks improve to 23-4 on the
season when holding their opponent to 89 points or less.
- Carlos Delfino had two assists last night, giving him 501 for his career. He also added to his single-season
career-high with 123 three-pointers. In three games since returning form injury, Delfino is averaging 12.7
points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 threes per game.
- Kurt Thomas started his fourth game this year for the Bucks last night and recorded a season-high 14
rebounds in relief of Andrew Bogut. With one block against Chicago, Kurt Thomas is now one block away from
750 for his career.
- Bucks center Andrew Bogut sustained a dislocated right elbow, a sprained right wrist and a broken right hand
after a fall against Phoenix on Saturday. Bogut is averaging career-highs in points (15.9) and blocks (2.5) this
season and his 175 blocks on the year are the most by a Bucks player since Alton Lister had 177 in 1982-83,
giving him the sixth highest single-season block total in Bucks history. Bogut, who is second in the NBA in
blocked shots, is one of two players in the league averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks
(Dwight Howard is the other). Bogut underwent successful surgery on his right hand Monday and is expected
to need up to six weeks to recover from surgery before he can fully engage in rehab.