Bucks vs Knicks
Lead Changes: 3
Times Tied: 6


Attendance: 18,717 (Sellout)
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
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BUCKS WIVES SAVE LIVES AUCTION – During the Bucks vs. New York Knicks game on Friday, March 9th, be sure to check out the 19th Annual “Bucks Wives Save Lives” silent auction. The Bucks and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital teamed up for the annual auction with all proceeds benefiting the Columbia St. Mary’s Breast Health Programs and the Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program... More Info

GOOD (EN) TO HAVE HIM BACK – Prior to the All-Star break, Drew Gooden missed four games with a right wrist sprain. During that time, the Bucks went 1-3 and scored an average of 89.5 points per game. Since Gooden has returned to the starting lineup, over the past six games the Bucks have averaged 101.3 points per game. Individually, Gooden has averaged 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game over those six, while shooting 40-of-45 (.889) from the free-throw line on 7.5 FTAs per game. In that span he's posted three double-doubles and recorded three of his highest point totals this season (season-high 27 vs. Chicago on 3/7, 26 at Atlanta on 3/2 and 25 vs. Philadelphia on 3/5).

BAND OF KLEPTOS – The Bucks swiped 12 steals against the Bulls on Wednesday, the team's second-highest total in a game this season, giving Milwaukee five 10-steal games in its past seven outings. Over those seven games, Milwaukee is forcing opponents into an average of 17.7 turnovers a game. The Bucks have consistently ranked among the best in the NBA this season in opponent turnovers per game, forcing 16.28 miscues/game (4th in league), while Brandon Jennings (1.51 spg, 15th) and Carlos Delfino (1.46 spg, T17th) both rank among the league's top-20 in steals.

BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? – The Bucks had a season-long run of four straight sub-20 assist outings from Feb. 15-20, but have now averaged 24.0 dimes per game in the seven games since (including 30 in the win over Washington on 2/28). The Bucks are 3-11 this season when failing to record 20 assists, but have found a lot of success when the ball is moving. The Bucks are 6-3 when posting 26 or more dimes, and a perfect 3-0 when topping 30. Milwaukee is also 7-4 this year when a Bucks player dishes out eight or more assists.

YOU CAN'T SPELL REBOUNDERS WITHOUT ERS – Ersan Ilyasova now ranks in the NBA's top 7 in offensive rebounding percentage (13.8, 6th) and total rebounding percentage (18.7, 7th). In addition, he is one of just three players in the NBA to average 3.5 ORBs/game while still shooting 35 percent from behind the arc. Kevin Love and Ryan Anderson are the others.

ERSANITY! – While Linsanity is taking the Big Apple by storm, Ersan Ilyasova produced a historic night of his own just across the Hudson. Ilyasova erupted for career highs of 29 points and 25 assists in Milwaukee's win at New Jersey on 2/19, becoming the first Bucks player in over 30 years to tally 25+ points and rebounds in a single game. Ilyasova becomes just the third member of the 25/25 club in Bucks history, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Swen Nater.

  • Ersan Ilyasova finished with a career-high 32 points against the Bulls on Wednesday to go along with his 10 rebounds. That was the third straight double-double and 10th this season for Ilyasova.

  • Ilyasova also continued his career-best streak of grabbing at least one offensive rebound a game, putting the number at 26 after Wednesday's game.

  • Drew Gooden scored a season-high 27 points vs. Chicago on 11-for-21 shooting (.523) from the field after scoring 25 the game before vs. Philadelphia. Gooden has scored 25+ points 21 times in his career, but this was the first time he's done so in consecutive games.

  • Mike Dunleavy grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds Wednesday night.

  • With 16 offensive rebounds vs. Chicago, the Bucks have recorded at least 10 ORBs in each of the last 19 games, the second-longest active streak in the league behind Detroit (22). Milwaukee has climbed to 3rd in the NBA this season with 12.95 ORBs per game.

  • The Bucks gave up only 10 points off turnovers to Chicago, the team's lowest total in the last nine games.

  • Conversely, the Bulls gave up 25 points off turnovers, the 18th time this season that the Bucks have gotten 20+ points OTO. Milwaukee is 4th in the league with 18.56 points off turnovers per game.

  • Since the All-Star break, the Bucks have only had one game out of six decided by a double-digit margin. Two of the six saw a final differential of three points or less. Milwaukee is 4-6 in games decided by three points or less and 4-10 when the games are decided by 10 or more points.


*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Luc Mbah a Moute Sore right knee
Stephen Jackson Sore right hamstring
Andrew Bogut Left ankle fracture
Player Injury
Bill Walker Sore left elbow