Bucks vs Suns
Lead Changes: 5
Times Tied: 7
Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 15,011
Duration: 2 hours, 1 minute
23-37
32-28
88
102

1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score
26
22
15
25
88
22
23
31
26
102

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On tonight’s game …
“We went 11 or 12 straight possessions without a basket and right at the same time at the other end (Phoenix’s scoring run) started happening and they blew it open and ran away with it right there. We needed to somehow hang in there when we weren’t able to score and weren’t able to do it.”

On the factors that led to the loss …
“We were okay in the first half. We had pretty good active hands. Steve (Nash) had seven turnovers so we were doing something to create some turnovers. We had trouble once again going down and converting after we turned them over but, in any NBA game, if those two things are happening at the same time, if you’re going 11 or 12 possessions without a basket then it also kind of caves in on the other end it’s going to be disastrous.”

Forward Jon Brockman

On preparing for Boston on Sunday …
“We have to look at what we did tonight and learn from our mistakes. Boston is a good team coming in. They can affect the game from anywhere. We’re going to have to come out with a lot more energy and a lot more togetherness against Boston.”

On Phoenix’s perimeter shooting tonight …
“We knew they were capable of it. They’re that kind of team and they can get hot fast. They have a lot of great shooters and they have a really good point guard in Steve Nash. He does a great job of conducting that team and he finds spots and gets guys great shots.”

Guard Brandon Jennings

On tonight’s loss …

“We have shorter guys. You see in the last minute (Scott) Skiles put in (Earl) Boykins and Keyon Dooling to try to get something going but then they (Phoenix) took advantage of us in the post game. We were just trying to find a situation to try to win the game but we came up short.”



  • For the second game in a row, the Bucks were without Andrew Bogut (left intercostal muscle strain), Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (stomach virus).

  • Chris Douglas-Roberts made his first appearance in eight games at the 3:47 mark of the fourth quarter, with the Bucks trailing 96-81. He finished with 2 points on 1-of-2 shooting and grabbed one defensive board.

  • The Suns built a 17-point lead during a 23-6 run over a 7-minute stretch in the third period. Milwaukee led most of the way to that point (Phoenix’s only other lead was 3-2 at 8:53 in the first quarter). The Suns shot 61.1 percent (71.4 percent from 3-point range) during the third quarter and 50 percent overall. The Bucks had held their opponents to 44.5 percent shooting this season, good for seventh in the league.

  • The Suns have won their last 41 of 46 games in which they have held their opponent to under 100 points. Milwaukee scored under its season average, which is 91.4 points per game.

  • The Bucks are bringing March in like a lion on the boards. They grabbed 50 boards – eight more than their season average – against Detroit, outrebounding the Pistons by four – the first time in nine contests Milwaukee has outrebounded its opponent. Tonight they nabbed 43 boards, compared with Phoenix’s 39 rebounds.

  • Tonight was a battle of one of the league’s top defenses – the Bucks came into the game ranked third in points per game (92.8) – versus one of the best offenses – Phoenix came into the game ranked fourth in scoring (105.2 points per game) and 3-point shooting (38 percent per game). The Suns got the best of Milwaukee’s perimeter defense, netting 11 3-point shots (averaged 8.75 on the year), good for 45.8 percent.  By comparison, Milwaukee shot 20 percent from 3-point range.

  • Brandon Jennings started off aggressively, evidenced by his five first quarter trips to the line (5 for 5). Jennings averaged 3.8 trips to the line per game coming into the contest, and ended with seven shots from the stripe (6 for 7). Milwaukee only took 17 foul shots, shy of its 24.36 free throws per game average.

  • Phoenix turned the ball over 17 times. They averaged 14.32 giveaways (18th in the league) coming into the game. Milwaukee cashed in 16 points off those TOs.

  • Carlos Delfino recorded a career-high tying five steals during tonight’s game, all in the first half. He added nine rebounds, tied with Corey Maggette for tonight’s team-high. Earl Boykins contributed 14 points in 20:20.

  • Channing Frye canned a team-high 20 points and grabbed a team-high nine boards for the Suns; he came into the game averaging 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Steve Nash came into the contest averaging 16.2 points per game, second to the recently-traded Jason Richardson (19.3), but only recorded eight points. He did add 13 assists, exceeding his 11.3 per game average.

MONEY BALL – The Bucks knocked down nine 3-pointers Tuesday night and improved to 10-6 on the season when they make eight or more 3-pointers. Carlos Delfino had three of those 3’s and the team is 6-3 when Del-3-no lives up to his name and drains three or more from behind the arc. As a team, the Bucks are averaging 8.0 3- pointers over their last four, which is better than their season average of 5.8.

BOARDING BATTLE – Tuesday’s game broke a streak of eight-straight games in which the Bucks were outrebounded. Milwaukee had the 50-46 advantage on the boards thanks to six players grabbing five or more boards. Carlos Delfino led the Bucks with 10 boards on Tuesday, recording his first double-double of the season (with 16 points). Earl Barron (nine), Jon Brockman (eight, seven offensive), Larry Sanders (eight), Brandon Jennings (five) and Corey Maggette (five) all helped the Bucks on the boards. The last time the Bucks outrebounded their foes was on February 8 against Toronto (50-44). When Brockman logs 15 or more minutes, he is averaging 6.3 boards per game and if you increase his minutes to 20 or more, he is averaging 7.4 rpg.

MILWAUK-D – The Bucks defense continues to improve this season as they rank third in points allowed (92.8), seventh in defensive field goal percentage (44.5) and fifth in opponents’ 3-point percentage (33.5). They’ve held 44 of their 58 opponents below 100 points (tied for second in the NBA with Miami; Chicago leads with 45) and 20 of those foes were held below 90 points (sixth in the NBA; Boston leads with 27). In 2007-08, the season before Scott Skiles became head coach, the Bucks allowed 103.9 points (23rd), 48.0 shooting (29th), 38.4 3-point percentage (27th) and held 30 of their 82 opponents below 100 points.

IN LIKE A LION? – Busy is an understatement for the Bucks in the month of March. The team has 16 total games, 10 of which will be played at the Bradley Center. The last time the Bucks had more than 16 games in one month was 18 in January 2009. The last time the Bucks had more than 16 games in the month of March was 17 in March 2005. The team has three consecutive weeks with four games in each week, which also translates to 12 games in 21 days. That stretch includes four back-to-back sets and eight games against opponents who are .500 or better (44-15 Boston twice, 30-30 Philadelphia, 37- 24 Atlanta, 39-22 Orlando, 31-28 New York twice and 41-18 Chicago).

  • Andrew Bogut (left intercostal muscle strain), Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) and Luc Mbah a Moute (flu-like symptoms) all missed Tuesday’s game against the Pistons as the Bucks used a nine-man rotation.

  • With Bogut and Mbah a Moute absent, Larry Sanders and Jon Brockman entered the starting lineup, giving the Bucks their 20th different starting five of the season. Going into Tuesday’s game, that total tied with Cleveland for the third-most different starting lineups behind Sacramento (23) and Washington (21).

  • Newly acquired center Earl Barron played his first game in a Bucks uniform Tuesday night and finished with a season-high nine rebounds (previous best was eight with Phoenix), four points and a block in 15:42. Barron is the 322nd player to make his Bucks debut in franchise history.

  • Milwaukee is in the midst of a four-game homestand and they’re currently 3-4 in a stretch where they’ll play 10 of 12 contests at the Bradley Center. The team has three home games this week (Tuesday vs. Detroit, Friday’s game and vs. Boston on Sunday) before playing Washington on the road (March 8).

  • Jon Brockman played in his 100th career game Tuesday night. Brandon Jennings (208) is 24 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history.
Jennings
Salmons
Delfino
Sanders
Brockman
PG
SG
SF
PF
C
Nash
Carter
Hill
Frye
Lopez
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com


Player Injury
Status
Andrew Bogut Left intercostal strain
Out
Ersan Ilyasova Concussion
Out
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Out
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Out
Player Injury
Status
Gani Lawal Torn ACL/MCL
Out