Postgame Central: Suns @ Bucks - April 3, 2010
Suns @ Bucks
April 3, 2010 - Bradley Center
Bucks Stop Suns Streak
Brandon Jennings scored 23 points, helping the Milwaukee Bucks end the Phoenix Suns' 10-game winning streak with a 107-98 victory Saturday night.
Now the Bucks must wait to see if they'll have to face life without Andrew Bogut after their standout center sustained an elbow injury.
Bogut, Milwaukee's leading scorer and rebounder, was taken to the hospital for tests after hurting his right elbow during a dunk in the second quarter. Bogut hung on the rim then crashed to the floor, awkwardly twisting his arm.
Carlos Delfino added 16 points as seven players scored in double figures for Milwaukee. The loss ended a three-week winning streak for the Suns, who got 22 points from Amare Stoudemire and 21 from Leandro Barbosa.
The Suns hadn't lost since March 12 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Milwaukee rebounded from back-to-back close losses on the road.
But a potentially significant injury to Bogut could be a more serious loss for the Bucks, who have been one of the NBA's surprises this season and are trying to position themselves for the playoffs.
The Bucks only recently got over another unsettling injury, as Delfino played his second straight game Saturday after he was taken off the court on a stretcher during a Mar. 26 loss to Miami.
With Milwaukee leading late in the second quarter, Bogut took a long outlet pass in for a fast break slam dunk. He hung on the rim afterward, was touched in the back by Stoudemire and crashed to the court. Bogut wrenched his elbow on the way down.
A flagrant foul was called on Stoudemire, and he was booed loudly by Bucks fans, but television replays showed what appeared to be relatively light contact with Bogut.
Bogut appeared to be in serious pain, briefly writhing on the floor before being helped to his feet by the team's medical staff. Hunched over and clutching his arm, he ran down the tunnel toward the locker room.
Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, is having a standout season for the resurgent Bucks, averaging a team-high 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds.
Bogut has shown ability on both ends of the court since he entered the league, but nagging injuries have hindered his development. The Australian star played only 36 games last season because of a back injury.
Despite losing perhaps their best player, the Bucks outscored the Suns 36-16 in the second quarter and took a commanding 58-34 lead into halftime.
With Milwaukee leading 81-62 going into the fourth quarter, Phoenix tried to rally, cutting the lead to 10 on a pair of free throws by Earl Clark with 4:49 left.
But Milwaukee's Kurt Thomas blocked a shot by Barbosa, Jennings made a pair of free throws after a Phoenix foul to put the Bucks ahead by 13, and the Suns were called for a shot-clock violation with 3:04 left.
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