Bucks at Knicks
Lead Changes: 6
Times Tied: 7

TV COMPANION RECAP

Attendance: 19,763
Duration: 2 hours and 23 minutes
22-27
25-25
80
89
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
26
26
12
16
80
30
17
21
21
89


COACH SCOTT SKILES
(On the game) "In a big game like this, they jump out 20 to 10. We were very slow at the beginning of the game…What happened was Mike (Dunleavy) came out and got hot for us. We played some better defense in the second quarter and then the second half we couldn't get anything going, very difficult to even pass the ball to each other. We had our chances, they were missing over and over and over again, we just couldn't come up with the ball or get a rebound."

(More on tonight's game) "At one point I think we were six for 35. Our bench kept us in it. You know the deal, we need three, four, five guys playing well and we just couldn't get it tonight."

(On team's performance) "We have to play better. You can't expect in a game like this to shoot below 40%. If you get the other team shooting below 40%, you're hoping you can get above it. I don't know what Woody (Coach Mike Woodson) will say, but I didn't think that either team played particularly well. I thought there were some moments out there that were un-NBA like from both teams, or maybe are NBA like, but not high level quality basketball from both teams. Someone had to win and they won."

(On Carmelo Anthony) "We tried to battle him.  I thought we did a respectable job on him.  He was very good. He can put the pressure on you because he can shoot and has great quickness.  He’s a great player."

MIKE DUNLEAVY
(On tonight's game) "We had a good end to the first and end of the second quarter. We played well, but other than that, we really did not play that well…got to bounce back tomorrow."

(On the Knicks) "They played well…tightened it up defensively and we did not respond. They had a bunch of guys on me and did a good job helping…we just did not make enough plays."

(On his performance) "I forgot I had two (fouls). I got that one loose ball…kind of a lapse in judgment…the way it goes when you get a hot start, everyone knows what's going on and they are not going to leave you."

BRANDON JENNINGS
(On the game) "I just tried to draw some fouls and get something different going. We came up short a little bit too late and they got a lot of second chance shots tonight and were killing us on the boards tonight…it was tough."

(On the Knicks & more on tonight's game) "They went small so we went small too. We were trying to match them. Tyson (Chandler) did a good job keeping the ball alive tonight with those tap-outs. They just played great. I think the main thing is that we couldn't make shots tonight. We missed a lot of open shots that we usually make. They really didn't do anything differently. They did play a lot more aggressively than I have played against the Knicks since I have have been in the NBA…they just played harder."


PREGAME
NEW PAINT JOB – The Bucks obliterated their previous season high for points 3/23 at Charlotte, piling up 72 points on 36-of-55 shooting in the key. While the 72 points were by far the high water mark this season (previously 58), the explosion was far from a fluke. Scoring inside has been a trend for the Bucks as of late, as their four highest PinP point totals of the season have come him in the last three weeks.

IDES OF MIKE – There's no need for Milwaukee to beware of March. The month has seen the Bucks post an 8-5 record so far, and the team's points per game average has gone up to 106.2 – 10 points higher than the 96.2 average of December through February. One major reason for that is the scoring off the bench from Mike Dunleavy. He has had nine double-figure scoring games this month, eight in a row from 3/9-23. Milwaukee is 2-9 in the games Dunleavy has missed this season, and 20-16 with him in the lineup.

WINNING COMBINATION – Milwaukee has gone 8-3 in its last 11 games, including a season-long six-game winning streak. Over that span, the Bucks are averaging 108.0 ppg, 30.1 apg and 7.3 3FGM/game. Aside from Saturday's game vs. Indiana, when the Bucks lost for the first time this season when recording 30 assists or hitting 10 three's, the following numbers have been benchmarks that have virtually guaranteed victory this year:


100: Milwaukee is posting a tidy 18-5 record when cracking the century mark. The Bucks have tallied 100+ points in nine of the last 10 games, going 7- 3 in that span, after doing so just once in the previous 12 games (3-9 over that stretch).

30: The Bucks have handed out 30 assists in six of the last seven games. Milwaukee is 9-1 when topping 30 assists in a game.

10: Milwaukee is 9-1 this season when tallying 10+ treys.

ERSANITY!
– While Linsanity was 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 rebounds 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.

CUM LAUDE – In back-to-back weeks, two Bucks players were named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Ersan Ilyasova received the honor for games played March 5-11, and Drew Gooden for the week of March 12-18. It marked the first time two Bucks players have been awarded Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks since Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, 2006, when Mo Williams and Michael Redd each won.

  • The Bucks enter tonight's game with a five-game road winning streak, with the last three road wins coming by 20+ points (20 @ CHA, 29 @ POR, 22 @ GSW). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in Bucks franchise history that the team has won three consecutive road games by 20+ points.

  • Drew Gooden posted a season-high three blocked shots on 3/24 vs. Indiana. It was the 36th three-block game of Gooden's career, but first since 12/15/09.

  • The Bucks have climbed to 7th in the NBA in points per game with 98.2 and 3rd in assists per game with 23.35.

  • The Bucks have shot 50% or better from the field in three of their last six games, after a 22-game run of sub- 50% shooting nights. Milwaukee has won its last six games when shooting 50% from the field.

  • Ersan Ilyasova tallied 22 pts on 3/23, his eighth 20-pt game of the season and sixth since the All-Star Break.

  • ESPN will now televise the April 11 matchup between the Bucks and Knicks. Milwaukee's April 13 game at Detroit will no longer be aired on ESPN. Both games will be broadcast locally on Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Jennings
Ellis
Delfino
Ilyasova
Gooden
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Lin
Fields

Anthony

Stoudemire
Chandler
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Kwame Brown Torn pectoral muscle
Out
Player Injury
Status
Jared Jefferies Sore right knee
Out
Bill Walker Sore left elbow
Out