GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Oklahoma City - 11/20/10


Bucks vs Thunder
Bradley Center
7:30pm

TV Companion

Attendance: 16,975
Duration: 2 hours, 21 minutes
5-8
9-4
81
82

Marshfield Clinic Shining Moment - Bucks vs Thunder
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
19
18
19
25
81
26
21
15
20
82

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On Bucks shot selection ...
"We had some breakdowns late in the game. One of the things that's happened to us is at really key moments when we need to make a play we struggle to make it and sometimes actually made a bad play, sort of an errant pass or something like that that's hurt us. We have to try to clean that up. Obviously we want to score more points than we're scoring in general. When we get it to two [points] or we get a two-point lead and things like that that have happened lately, we've had trouble making a good decision at that point."

On closing out games ...
"There are plays that in close NBA games, it's usually is whoever makes the play at the end of the game. It could be a defensive play, could be an offensive play; our defense has been fairly solid, we've just struggled on the offensive end to make the correct play."

On Bucks last two shots of the game to tie or win ...
"I thought both of those looks were good - the one was a two, the last was a three - I thought they both were pretty good looks. Against a good defensive team, which they are, with no timeouts left, they know we're probably going for a three, it's hard to get a decent look, and we executed pretty well on that possession. Brandon took his time and got a good look, teed it up; it just didn't go down."

Center Andrew Bogut

On keeping the Thunder's offensive in check in a low-scoring game ...
"I don't know if it was all our defense; they were missing two of their best players, one [is] the leading scorer in the league. It was an ugly game on both sides; we just couldn't find a way to grind it out."

On how Oklahoma City's defense took Bucks out of their game plan ...
"They packed the paint on us, made us shoot it from outside, trying to be physical with our guys, physical inside. For the most part, it was a similar type defensive game for both teams."

Guard Brandon Jennings

On his last two shots of the game ...
"The first one Andrew handed off to me for the three, it felt like it was good. Also the second [shot], it just rimmed in and out. I thought they were both good looks. I was just trying to make something happen."

On the late Bucks rally ...
"We fought back in the second half, we brought a lot of energy, but it wasn't enough. We came out short at the last minute. Couple key plays that we should've taken advantage of, but we didn't. We have to try to turn this thing around."

On emotion and outlook moving forward ...
"It starts with me and everyone else. We have to start with energy in the beginning; being down ten at the half wasn't a good look, of course, because we have to try to rally back in the second half to try to get the lead and get the crowd back into it. That takes a whole lot out of you."

(On difference in tonight's contest ...)
"They were just patient on the offensive end and ran their plays."

NOTABLES

  • Oklahoma City was able to withstand Milwaukee's fourth quarter rally and win 82-81. The Bucks came within one point on five different occasions in the quarter but were never able to take the lead. With the loss the Bucks drop to 5-8 including a 1-6 record vs. the Western Conference.
  • After one quarter, the Bucks trailed 26-19. James Harden led the way for the Thunder scoring 10 points and hitting three 3-pointers while Drew Gooden scored 10 for Milwaukee shooting 50 percent from the field.
  • Andrew Bogut picked up three quick fouls in the first half and had to go to the bench with 8:06 left in the second quarter. He had four rebounds and zero points.
  • The Thunder went into the half leading the Bucks 47-37. Oklahoma City was able to take advantage of their good 3-point shooting in the first half making 5-8 while the Bucks only converted 1-7.
  • After three quarters the Bucks were able to cut into the Thunder's lead trailing only by six. Jennings and Gooden were tied for the Bucks leading scorer with 12 each and Harden led the Thunder with 15 points hitting four 3-pointers.
  • The Thunder scored only 15 points in the third quarter shooting 33 percent from the field while the Bucks shot 40 percent.
  • Jennings led Milwaukee in scoring with 25 points (8-24 from the field) and had three assists; Bogut scored eight points and had 12 rebounds (his seventh game this season with double figures in rebounds).
  • Harden led the way for the Thunder, scoring a season high 23 points (he came into the game averaging 7.6 points per game). All of his field goals came from beyond the 3-point line.
  • The Bucks had a season low 11 assists tonight. Their previous low was 14 against New Orleans.
  • Drew Gooden recorded his fourth double-double of the season (12 points and 16 rebounds).
  • Carlos Delfino of the Bucks missed his sixth straight game with a strained neck.



B2B CLOSING FORCES - Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut have been the Bucks go-to guys in the second game of back-to-backs this season. In those B2B closers (there have been four so far), Jennings has averaged 16.0 points, 6.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 69.2 percent from 3-point range. Bogut has averaged 15.5 points on 25-49 (.510) from the field, 10.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Bogut and Jennings have also combined to knock down 21-26 (.808) from the free throw line in those games.

MAGGETTE STEPPING UP OFF BENCH - Corey Maggette is averaging a team-high 17.5 points in the last two games. Last night, Maggette connected on 10-11 free throws and pulled down six rebounds while scoring 20 points off the bench. Maggette's average of 13.7 points over the first 12 games of the season is good for second on the Bucks and ninth among reserves in the NBA. He gets those points in 20.9 minutes each night, which is tied for 42nd among reserves. His 66 made free throws are tops among reserves and tied for 15th in the NBA.

BOARDEER WARS
- The Bucks have outrebounded foes in nine of 12 games this year, including the last five. In those five, they've averaged 47.4 rebounds (237) to 38.0 for their opponents (190) with Andrew Bogut (10.0) snagging double-digit rebounds and Drew Gooden (9.8), Ersan Ilyasova (6.4), Brandon Jennings (5.6) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (5.2) all contributing more than five rebounds. On the season the Bucks average 44.2 rebounds, good for fourth in the NBA. They're ranked eighth in offensive rebounds (12.4) and ninth in defensive (31.8) to join the Lakers and Bulls as the only teams ranked in the top 10 in offensive and defensive rebounding. The Bucks .528 rebounding percentage is second in the NBA.

NEARING NUMBERS - A few personal milestones are on the way for Bucks players. Corey Maggette (11,982) is 18 points away from 12,000 for his career. Earl Boykins (597) is three games away from 600. Andrew Bogut (480) is 16 blocks away from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (495). Carlos Delfino (249) is one steal away from 250 for his career and (346) needs four threes to reach 350. Drew Gooden (444) is six steals away from 450 and (393) seven blocks away from 400. Ersan Ilyasova (489) needs 11 field goals for 500 and (142) eight 3-pointers for 150. Brandon Jennings (1,470) needs 30 points for 1,500. John Salmons (1,488) needs 12 assists for 1,500. The Bucks franchise (1,795) is five wins from 1,800. That's 14th among active franchises, but their .525 winning percentage (1,795-1,627) is eighth among active franchises. Only Phoenix has been in the NBA as long as the Bucks among teams ahead of Milwaukee in wins. All other franchises joined the league before Milwaukee.

  • Last night, the Bucks dropped a 90-79 decision against the 76ers in Philadelphia. Drew Gooden (16), John Salmons (11), Brandon Jennings (12) and Corey Maggette (20) scored in double figures for the Bucks, while Salmons pulled down a season-high eight rebounds.

  • The Bucks allow the second-fewest points in the paint each game at 34.2. The Magic lead the league at 32.4 points in the paint allowed each night. Milwaukee is tied for ninth in second chance points at 13.9 and are tied for allowing the eighth fewest at 11.7.

  • Andrew Bogut is averaging 12.3 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in the Bucks six games against Western Conference teams this season.

  • The Bucks are eighth in the league at 18.9 points off turnovers each night.

  • The Bucks would like to send early Happy Birthday wishes to rookie Larry Sanders and television play-by-play announcer Jim Paschke, who will both celebrate birthdays on Sunday.
Jennings
Salmons
Mbah a Moute
Gooden
Bogut
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Westbrook
Sefolosha
Harden
Ibaka
Krstic
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com



Player Injury
Status
Carlos Delfino Neck strain
Day-to-Day
Chris Douglas-Roberts Right eye injury
Day-to-Day
Darington Hobson Left hip surgery
Out
Michael Redd Torn ACL & MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
Kevin Durant Sprained left ankle
Questionable
Jeff Green Sprained left ankle
Day-to-Day