GAMEDAY: Milwaukee vs Atlanta - 1/23/12

Bucks vs Hawks
Lead Changes: 19
Times Tied: 8


Attendance: 13,048
Duration: 2 hours and 3 minutes


The Davis Dish - Bucks vs Hawks Recap
1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Head Coach Scott Skiles

On the 4th quarter lineup…

"We got a little bit of a hold on the game, and if you wait so long, bring the other guys back in it's kind of
unfair to them at that point. I thought we were doing a reasonably good job of defending Joe [Johnson].
Finally, it took us a long time to get going, 3rd quarter hurt us again, but we were able to get a little bit of
control in the game. So often as it happens, they made the big plays, they made the big shots, we missed
our free throws, they made theirs, and they got it."

On Smith's go-ahead 3pt basket under a minute in the 4th quarter…
"We didn't recover real well on that play. We broke down a little bit, but Joe puts the pressure on you. He's
a legitimate 6'8''; he collapses the defense and he can see people. He made a nice pass out, Teague
made a nice play, and Josh knocked it down."

On the play of Mike Dunleavy…
"Mike was good; he's still shaking off the rust a little bit. He's active. I was happy for him that he was able
to knock down a couple of perimeter shots, I know he's been a little frustrated by that."

On Stephen Jackson [0 pts, 0-1 from the field]…
"I thought he was very good individually on Joe defensively. Offensively he was moving the ball around.
He didn't get many opportunities."

Guard/Forward Mike Dunleavy

On tonight's game, a season-high 17 points…
"I knocked down some shots, but overall we didn't make enough plays to close the game out. It's a tough
one to take."

On the recent stretch of games – NYK, MIA, ATL…
"We have a full cast of characters. We have all our guys so we have a lot of options. Generally when you
have that many guys someone's going to play well on a given night. We played well on the road, and we
were almost good enough tonight, but just came up a little short."

Forward Ersan Ilyasova

On his double-double and tonight's game…
"Especially in back-to-back games, it's all about bringing the energy on the floor. Today, I was coming from
the bench, being more aggressive, helping my teammates get extra plays. We were able to crash the
offensive boards. I think we did really well, especially in the beginning; we didn't fold down with their 11
point lead, to come back and play really well. They executed really well and made tough shots."

On the second night of a back-to-back…
"It cannot be an excuse for us. It's a tough schedule for us. We'll have a lot of back-to-back games this
season being a short season. We have to stick with it and fight through it."

  • Milwaukee came off a two game road trip this past weekend, claiming victories at New York (100-86) and Miami (91-82).
  • The last four meetings between Milwaukee and Atlanta averaged a 13.8 point margin of victory. Tonight is just the fourth of the last 17
    meetings that have been decided by five points or less. The game was tied eight times and featured 19 lead changes.

  • Tonight marks the first time Brandon Jennings, Carlos Delfino, Luc Mbah a Moute, Andrew Bogut and Shaun Livingston have made up the
    starting lineup. This was Mbah a Moute's first start of the season.

  • Ersan Ilyasova had his first double-double of the season, totaling 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jennings had his second double-double of the
    season, finishing with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

  • The Bucks went on a 16-6 run midway through the second quarter, erasing a seven point Hawks lead. Milwaukee also outscored Atlanta 14-
    6 in the paint in the second quarter.

  • Mike Dunleavy had a season high 17 points, going 6-15 (40.0%) from the field.
  • After being down 28-23 at the end of the first quarter, Milwaukee went in at halftime tied at 48. This season the Bucks are 6-5 when tied or
    ahead at the half.

  • Bogut finished with 12 rebounds, his fourth game this season with at least 10 rebounds. Tonight was also Bogut's ninth straight game with
    at least one block.

  • Milwaukee held Atlanta to three 3-point goals, tying their season record for least allowed 3-point goals in a game.
  • Before tonight's game, the Bucks had held the Hawks to under 100 points in four of the last six contests. Tonight was no exception, as
    Milwaukee held Atlanta, who averaged 98.0 points prior to this tilt, to 97 points.

DEFENSIVE PRESENCE – Luc Mbah a Moute is known for his defensive prowess, and his impact on floor shows
when comparing opponent numbers for games he has played and games he hasn't this season. Their offense
suffers, as points and shooting percentages drop while turnovers rise.

DEPTH PERCEPTION – For the sixth game in a row, at least one Bucks reserve has come off the bench to
contribute 10 or more points:

  • 1/22 @ MIA: Stephen Jackson (10), Ersan Ilyasova (16)
  • 1/20 @ NYK: Drew Gooden (10)
  • 1/17 vs. DEN: Tobias Harris (14) 1/13 @ DAL: Shaun Livingston (15)
  • 1/16 @ PHI: Tobias Harris (12), Beno Udrih (10)
  • 1/12 vs. DET: Ersan Ilyasova (14)

RISING TO THE COMPETITION – Brandon Jennings is ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game this season with 20.1. Over the last three games, two in which
Jennings has gone head-to-head against players who rank higher than him in that category, he has averaged 29.7 points per game.

  • With the wins in the Big Apple and South Beach, the Bucks recorded two road victories in a row for the first
    time since 12/21 and 12/23/10 (@ LAL, 98-79 and @ SAC, 84-79).

  • Milwaukee beat the Heat despite shooting only 35.0% from the field, making 28 FGs (a season low for the
    Bucks). According to, in the past 25 years the Bucks have won four other games
    when shooting 35.0% or less, only one of which was on the road.

    • 11/13/10, MIL vs. GSW, W 79-72, 28-83 .337
    • 03/15/09, MIL vs. BOS, W 86-77, 28-89 .326
    • 03/11/07, MIL vs. CHI, W 78-72, 25-76 .329
    • 12/05/86, MIL @ WSB, W 91-87, 35-101 .347
  • Brandon Jennings set a new career high with 12 FTM and tied his career high of 13 FTA in the victory in Miami.
  • The Bucks held the Heat, who averaged 107.0 ppg coming into Sunday night, to 82 points – Miami's lowest
    total this season.

  • Andrew Bogut has had at least one blocked shot in eight games in a row this season (12/30/11-1/22/12). He
    is tied for sixth in the NBA with 2.0 blocks per game.


*Projected Starters by

Player Injury
Player Injury
Kirk Hinrich Left shoulder surgery
Al Horford Torn pectoral muscle

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