Bucks at Suns
Lead Changes: 0
Times Tied: 2

Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 16,422
Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes
19-27
23-24
77
92

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
17
14
22
24
77
25
27
19
21
82

HEAD COACH SCOTT SKILES
 (On Tonight’s Game) “It was a very humbling game. Obviously we were short handed but we didn’t have a ton of energy and we didn’t have great focus. We looked like mummies in the first half a little bit the way were walking around out there. We tried to battle back in the second half but we just played uphill too much. We’ve got to approach the game with better focus and make better decisions. We were really loose with the ball and took terrible shots. Like I said, it was a humbling game.”

“The key to us coming back in the second half in large part was Steve (Nash) was out of the game. When he was out of the game we made our run and as soon as he brought Steve back, that was pretty much it. He controlled everything out there tonight and Gortat had a good game. They outplayed us; they were quicker to the balls and shot the ball better. We spend a good part of the game under thirty percent. You’re not going to win any NBA games shooting like that. “

GUARD EARL BOYKINS
(On Tonight’s Game) “The game was decided before the fourth quarter. The game was decided in the first half. When you play a team like Phoenix you can’t allow them to get out to a 20 point lead and try to fight back, they’re just too good of a team. We played good in the fourth quarter but the game was decided in the first three quarters.”

“We just haven’t been a good shooting team in the league this entire season. We’re last in the league in field goal percentage and tonight we came out and didn’t make shots. We shoot 31% for the game, how do you win a basketball game shooting that way?”

FORWARD COREY MAGGETTE
(On Tonight’s game) “We missed Andrew big time tonight, especially with Gortat down there, and Channing Frye. We got down early with Steve Nash’s penetration and pass. He’s the best in the league doing that and he put us in a situation where we weren’t guarding him. I think early on our defense wasn’t up to par in general. We didn’t come out with the energy we needed tonight. That’s what happens when you don’t show.”


NEW YEAR = NEW RESULTS – The Bucks have been shooting better since the new year began with a game against Dallas (January 1) when the team shot 49.4 percent. Almost across the board the team has shot better and sometimes by as much as 10.0 percentage points for a player. The club also has eight games (out of 16) where they've shot 45.0 percent or better. Here's a list of Bucks players whose shooting has improved in January.

THE BEST THINGS ARE FREE – Corey Maggette connected on a team season-best 13 free throws on Monday against the Clippers. It was the third time this season that Maggette hit double-digits on free throws. The Duke product moved past Shawn Kemp into 49th place in NBA history with those makes and at 4,313 makes in his career, he's seven away from passing John Drew and Gail Goodrich (4,319) for 47th place in league history.

BOGUT BRIEFING
– Bucks center Andrew Bogut recorded his 17th double-double of the season Monday with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bogut is now tied for 22nd in the league in double-doubles after recording six in January. Bogut also kept his string of consecutive games with a block alive at 19. That ties Bogut for the fourth longest streak of its kind this season, it's also Bogut's second 10-plus game streak with a block this season (he had a 13 game stretch from November 9 – December 18). The Aussie has 559 blocks in his career and is closing in Ervin Johnson (586) for third in franchise history. He's also closing in on sixth place in team history in rebounds as he has 3,446 and Sidney Moncrief stands at 3,447. He's also close to Quinn Buckner (4,738) for 18th place in points as he has 4,735.

KILLER Ds – Milwaukee's "Killer Ds" of Carlos Delfino and Keyon Dooling have combined to produce 21.8 points (109), 6.0 rebounds (30), 11.0 assists (55) and 2.6 steals (13) over the last five games as the Bucks have gone 3-2 in that stretch. The duo has 3.6 triples per game over that stretch and have combined for a 38.3 percent success rate from 3-point land (18-47). The pair has combined for a 3.93:1 assist to turnover ratio over those last five (55:14). Looking at Doolings last seven tilts, four have had eight or more assists and six have had one or no turnovers. He's averaging 10.0 points (70) along with 7.4 assists (52) and 1.3 steals (9). His assist-to-turnover ratio is 7.43:1 (52:7). On the season Dooling is fifth in the league with a 3.55:1 ratio (174:49).

  • The Bucks play the second of three straight road games against the Pacific Division tonight against Phoenix, they're currently 0-1 in that stretch. The club is also 3-2 in their current stretch where they play five of seven games on the road.

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute played in the 200th game of his career on Monday. Over his last eight contests, the third year vet has shot 64.0 percent from the field (16-25). Mbah a Moute is averaging 4.4 points and 5.0 rebounds in 18.0 minutes over that stretch.

  • Andrew Bogut has six games of five-plus blocks, tied with JaVale McGee of Washington for the NBA lead.

  • The Bucks had 12 players in uniform and available to play Monday at the L.A. Clippers, it was the first time they had 12 players available since January 17 at Houston – seven games between those two tilts. The team had 12 players available in four of 16 games in January.

  • Corey Maggette has started the last nine games and scored in double-figures in eight of them and 20-plus in six of them. He's averaging a team-best 19.1 along with 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in that stretch. Maggette has more than double the next closest player in free throws (he's 50-58, 86.2 percent) and is shooting 48.7 from the field (57-117) and 38.1 from three (8-21).

  • Since returning on January 21 at Cleveland, Carlos Delfino leads the club with 12 3-pointers (1.7 per game).
Dooling
Delfino
Maggette
Mbah a Moute
Ilyasova
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Nash
Carter
Hill
Frye
Lopez
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Day-to-Day
John Salmons Right hip strain
Day-to-Day
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
Gani Lawal Torn ACL
Out