GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs San Antonio - 1/10/12



Bucks vs Spurs
Lead Changes: 15
Times Tied: 9
TV COMPANION RECAP

Attendance: 11,585
Duration: 1 hour and 59 minutes

3-6
6-4
106
103

The Davis Dish - Bucks vs Spurs Recap
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
25
34
20
27
106
33
26
22
22
103

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On finishing the game…
"We made enough plays. We'd like it to go a little bit smoother than that. Overall, in the second half we played with a lot more energy. It took us a little while to get going earlier in the game, we were a bit sluggish. The bench gave us a nice lift, Carlos (Delfino) kind of picked us up with his shooting, (Stephen Jackson) was good the whole game, but the second half we played with energy."

On tonight's game…
"We were struggling to stop Tony Parker all night long. We talked about it before the game - keep him out of the paint. We just weren't able to do it, so he hurt us. It was one of those games. I'm sure (Gregg Popovich) will say the same thing, I'm sure he wasn't happy with their defense. It was kind of who's going to make the big play at the end the end of the game. We were able to make one."

On Andrew Bogut…
"I thought he was good considering everything. I thought he moved around the floor well, he was on the board, he was able to get some baskets for us. I thought that was good, I was happy for him."

Center Andrew Bogut

On the win…
"We're a defensive team but, a win's a win. We don't want too many games in the hundreds. The ball was moving for us. We had 31 assists on 44 field goals, so that means the ball was moving and the guys were being unselfish. It's an important win for us."

On the physical play down low against Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair…
"It was fine; they're a smart team, they're a veteran team. They know what they're doing out there. But we made a key run in the 3rd and 4th quarters. The physicality didn't really affect us too much. We started making shots and got the win."

Guard Stephen Jackson

On tonight's game…
"We just wanted to get back to winning some games. It felt good to win at home, it was a big game and hopefully it will carry over to the next one."

On the importance of Andrew Bogut…
"It's just as important as having breath. We need the big fella. To have him, to have a post presence to be able to guard Tim Duncan, it was definitely special. I can't say how big it was to have him back."



  • With the win tonight, the Bucks improved to 3-6 on the season and remain unbeaten at the Bradley Center.

  • Andrew Bogut returned to the lineup after missing the past four games for personal reasons. Bogut finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds, his second double-double of the season.

  • Carlos Delfino and Stephen Jackson both had new season highs in points. Delfino finished with 18 (previously 15, 12/30 vs. Washington), while Jackson had 34 (previously 18, 1/7 @ LA Clippers).

  • The Bucks totaled 34 points in the second quarter. Delfino scored 10 in the quarter and finished the half with 13 points.

  • Milwaukee went on a 15-3 run in the second quarter, getting back-to-back 3's from Delfino.

  • Milwaukee shot 6-9 (.667) from three in the first half, finishing the game 9-14 (.643).

  • Milwaukee surpassed its season high in assists (previously 26), finishing with 31. 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.

  • Brandon Jennings had his ninth career double-double and his first of the season. His most recent came in March of last season. Jennings finished with 15 points and 11 assists tonight.

ROOKIES MAKE A STATEMENT – With five players on the Bucks' injury list, two of whom were starters at the beginning of the season, the Bucks bench has had to step up and carry the load. Two rookies, Jon Leuer and Tobias Harris, have recently made strong statements on the court. In only his second night of NBA action in Phoenix on Sunday, Harris led the Bucks with 15 points off the bench. Leuer also scored in double digits (11) during that game and ranks 11th among rookie leaders in scoring average with 6.3 ppg.

MEDIC! – After a relatively healthy start to the season, the Bucks have seen their ranks depleted on the recent fivegame road trip, with Andrew Bogut, Mike Dunleavy, Luc Mbah a Moute and Beno Udrih all missing time for a variety of reasons. For the season, Milwaukee has already lost 23 games to injuries after missing a league-high 275 last season.

QUARTERLY REPORT – Bucks games this season have told different stories quarter-by-quarter. Milwaukee comes out of the gate strong, outscoring opponents by an average of 6.4 points in the first half. During the second half, however, the Bucks have trailed by an average of 8.8 points.

  • The Bucks are 2-0 in home games this season, while all three of San Antonio's losses have come on the road.

  • Phoenix attempted only 17 free throws on Sunday, the Bucks lowest total for an opponent all season. In the previous four games, opponents averaged 31.3 FTAs.

  • Since allowing the Kings to grab 23 offensive rebounds on Jan. 5, Milwaukee has kept it opponents to a total of just 15 over the last two games – eight at the L.A. Clippers and seven at Phoenix.

  • The Bucks remained in the Top-10 in opponent 3P% (.290, 6th) throughout their road trip.

  • Along with Minnesota, the Bucks are tied for 7th in offensive rebounds per game with 12.6.

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

Jennings
Delfino
Jackson
Ilyasova
Bogut
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Parker
Neal
Jefferson
Duncan
Blair
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Luc Mbah a Moute Right knee contusion
Day-to-day
Beno Udrih Left shoulder contusion
Day-to-Day
Mike Dunleavy Groin pain
Out
Player Injury
Status
Manu Ginobili Fractured fifth metacarpal
Out