GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Miami - 2/1/12



Bucks vs Heat
Lead Changes: 3
Times Tied: 4

TV COMPANION RECAP

Attendance: 16,116
Duration: 2 hours and 13 minutes
10-11
16-6
105
97

NOTABLES
The Miami Heat entered the Bradley Center looking for a season high sixth straight win (4th straight road win). After one quarter it appeared it was going to be reality. The Bucks shot a lowly 35% in the first quarter (7-20) while the Heat shot a scorching 82.4%. Miami came in tonight averaging the second highest per game scoring total, 104.0, and were on pace for 160 after a 40 point first quarter outburst...24 coming off the finger tips of LeBron James who shot 8-9 from the floor.

TALE OF TWO HALVES
The proverbial tables turned in the second half, pivoting on the Bucks three point prowess. The Bucks came out of the locker room to pour in 29 points to Miami's 19 in the 3rd quarter. Brandon Jennings and Carlos Delfino led the charge from behind the arc, combining for 4-6 from three.

  1st Half Shooting % 2nd Half Shooting %
Bucks 37.5 52.5
Heat 60.0 34.2

FOURTH QUARTER FIRE STARTER
The fourth quarter belonged to Brandon Jennings. Brandon connected on 4-7 from the field including 3-4 from deep and ignited the Bucks crowd of 16,116. Brandon finished the night with 31 points (7-14 from three), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 0 turnovers.

UNSUNG HERO
Luc Mbah a Moute continued his consistent, strong defensive presence guarding LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The Prince also got offensive tonight as well scoring 13 points on an efficient 6-7 shooting.

REBOUNDING MACHINE
Ersan Ilyasova has answered the call in the absence of big man Andrew Bogut. Ersan grabbed 7 offensive and 7 defensive rebounds tonight and also added two blocked shots. In his last three games he has posted rebound totals of 14, 11, 19.

BIG LEADS
The Heat led by as many as 18. The Bucks led by as many as 16. There were seven total lead changes. That equals an incredibly exciting game. The Bucks are 2-0 against Miami this season and are responsible for half of Miami's four Eastern Conference losses.

UP NEXT
The Bucks head to Detroit on Friday for a rematch with the Detroit Pistons. Brandon Jennings is averaging 24.0 ppg in the two meetings with Detroit this season, shooting 17-of-30 (.567) from the field and 7-of-12 (.583) from behind the arc. Milwaukee leads the all-time series 117-98.
Time: 6:30 PM | TV: FS Wisconsin HD | Radio: AM 620 WTMJ

NEXT HOME GAME
The Bucks take on Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night at 7:30 PM. Tickets

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
23
24
29
29
105
40
20
19
18
97

ON TARGET – The Bucks shot 51.4% from the field in Monday's win over Detroit on the heels of a 50.0% effort in Saturday's win against the Lakers, marking the first time this season the Bucks have shot 50% or better in consecutive games. Milwaukee now has five 50% outings this season (4-1 in such games), and is shooting 44.0% over the previous seven games (5-2 in that span).

3-D – Milwaukee yielded just one made three-pointer to Detroit on Monday, the fewest by a Bucks opponent since Toronto went 0-for-10 from deep at the Bradley Center last February. After a six-game stretch from Jan. 8-17 in which Bucks opponents shot a combined 50-of-111 (.450) from three, the Bucks have been downright stingy as of late, holding six of their last seven opponents under 30% (the lone exception being the Lakers' 31.6% effort on Saturday). Bucks opponents are shooting a combined 32-of-121 (.264) from three over the last seven games and Milwaukee's three-point defense for the season has climbed to 7th in the NBA.

QUARTERLY REPORT – Third quarters have been the Achilles heel for Milwaukee this season, but the Bucks produced a dominant third period in Monday's win over Detroit. Leading by just six at the break, Milwaukee poured in 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the frame and connected on six straight shots towards the end of the stanza before a 70-foot heave from Jennings at the buzzer missed the mark.

  • The Bucks hit 10 three-pointers in Monday's win (10-17, 58.8%) and hit a season-high 14 last week in a win at Houston. The Bucks have hit 10+ treys in a game three times this season (3-0) and are 5-1 when shooting 40% or better from deep.

  • Milwaukee has missed five or fewer free throws in 11 of the last 12 games, shooting 181-for-217 (.834) from the stripe over that span.

  • Brandon Jennings has tallied 20+ points in seven of the last eight games, averaging 23.5 ppg over that span.

  • Drew Gooden hit a three-pointer in four straight games from Jan. 23-28, going 4-of-9 from deep over that span. The four-game streak was the longest of his career.

  • Gooden has started eight games for the Bucks this season, and is averaging 17.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in those games.

  • Milwaukee's current run of five straight games with 20+ assists is its longest of the season.

  • Tobias Harris tallied eight points in just 3:50 of action on Monday. The last time a Bucks player scored at least eight points in less than five minutes of playing time came nearly 20 years ago, when Steve Henson poured in 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting in just five minutes (coincidentally against Detroit as well) on 2/27/92.
Jennings
Livingston
Delfino
Mbah a Moute
Gooden
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Chalmers
Wade

James

Bosh
Anthony
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Andrew Bogut Left ankle fracture
Out
Player Injury
Status
None