THREE HISTORY - The Bucks hit seven three-pointers on Wednesday, adding to their newly minted franchise
record for three-pointers in a season, now totaling 606 (sixth most in the NBA). Brandon Jennings' Bucks rookie
record 137 three-pointers rank second among rookies and 16th in the NBA. Jennings and Carlos Delfino (123) have
combined for 260 threes, which is the most by a Bucks duo since Michael Redd (163) and Bobby Simmons (105)
combined for 268 in 2005-06.
JOHN DEER -Since making John Salmons a Buck (or a deer), Milwaukee has gone 20-6 (.769). Over that span,
Salmons is averaging a team-high 20.3 points to go with 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals, leading or tied
for the team lead in scoring in 14 of those games and scoring double-figures in 24 of the 26. He's also tallied 14
games with 20 points or more, including 20-plus performances in 11 of his last 15 games. Salmons is shooting
47.1 (189-401) percent with the Bucks, including 39.6 percent (40-101) from long range.
WINNING WAYS - The Bucks recorded their 44th win of the season on Wednesday, their most wins since going 52-
30 in the 2000-01 season. Their 44-34 mark represents the first time they have been 10 games over .500 since
March 6, 2002, when they boasted a 35-25 record. The Bucks, who have the fifth-most wins of any NBA franchise
since their inception in 1968-69, have finished at .500 or above 25 times in their history. Milwaukee also earned
its 28th home win of the year, their most at the Bradley Center since posting a 31-10 mark in 2000-01. The Bucks
have improved on last year's win total by 10 games (34-48 last year) and have shown an 18 game improvement
since a 26-56 record in 2007-08.
GETTING DEFENSIVE - The Bucks have been D-ing it up all season, allowing just 95.8 points per game, which
would set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a season (currently 96.9 points in 2000-01). Milwaukee
has held 45 of their 78 opponents to under 100 points and 28 of them under 90, recording a 24-4 mark when the
opposition scores 89 or less. The Bucks are also forcing 15.5 turnovers per game, third most in the league.
CALLING ON KURT - After the injury to Andrew Bogut, the Bucks have called on 14-year NBA veteran Kurt Thomas--and he's answered the call in a big way.
In his two starts at center, Thomas is averaging 8.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. After a season-high 14 rebounds
in his first start on Tuesday, Thomas set another season-high on Wednesday with 12 points against the Nets. The Bucks have won both of the games that
Thomas has started at center and are 4-0 in the last four games that he's logged 25 or more minutes (5-2 this season). Though Bogut's streak of 39 straight
games with a block ended against Phoenix on Saturday, April 3, Kurt Thomas swatted two shots against the Suns and has a three-game block streak of his
own. Thomas' block in Wednesday's game was the 750th of his career and he is 11 points shy of scoring his 8,500th point.
- The Bucks have clinched their first playoff berth since the 2005-06 season, earning the club's 26th
postseason appearance in 42 NBA seasons.
- Milwaukee has won three straight games, giving the team its eighth winning streak of three or more this
season. The Bucks longest streak has been six straight wins, achieved twice (Feb. 19-27 and Mar. 3-14).
- Tonight's game begins the Bucks fourth straight back-to-back set and their final back-to-back of the season
(22nd of the year). The Bucks are 12-9 in game one of these sets and an even better 14-7 on no rest, giving
them a total record of 26-16 when playing in consecutive games.
- The 19-point win by the Bucks on Wednesday gave them double-digit wins in all four games against the Nets,
making them one of two teams (along with MIN) to lose all meetings with the Bucks by double-digits this year.
- Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 14.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in his last six games, shooting 52.2 percent (36-69).
- Luke Ridnour has scored double figures in eight of his last 11 games, averaging 10.9 points and a teamleading
4.7 assists. He is shooting 48.9 percent (45-92) during that stretch.
- Jerry Stackhouse (2,993) is seven rebounds away from his 3,000th career board and John Salmons (597) is
three games away from playing in his 600th career game.