GAMEDAY: Milwaukee at Miami - 01/04/11

Bucks at Heat
Lead Changes: 12
Times Tied: 11

Recap and Box Score

Attendance: 20,215
Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes


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1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final Score

Scott Skiles

On the Game:

"We played pretty hard tonight. Whenever we were trying to keep contact with them in the second half, it got away from us. We had a bunch of missed lay-ups once again tonight. We had a couple of missed open jumpers. They kind of took control of the game and we weren't able to get back into it."

"We got a ton of open shots, and we executed pretty well tonight. We were at the rim often in the first half, and the second half. We got into the paint, did what we wanted to do, stayed aggressive, and drove the ball - we just weren't able to finish. Its been one of our problems most of the year and one of the reasons we couldn't win tonight."

"The guys, from our preparation the last couple of days, talked about trying to drive on them and being aggressive, the guys did a nice job of it. We just weren't able to convert like we'd like too."

"We had our moments tonight defensively, but at the end of the day they shot a ton of free throws in the second half, and they shot 48 percent (from the field). We had them down for quite a while, we just weren't able to sustain it."

"They are very difficult to handle (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh). We would have liked to have taken some charges tonight that we weren't able to do. We were a little bit late, on occasion, on their drives. In the first half, when we were aggressive and missed shots in the painted area, they were laying them up on the other end. They do that to you. They get out quickly, they have great athleticism, they have speed, and they can get to the front of the rim. If those balls go in, now we can get back and set our defense."

"We did as good as we could on him (LeBron James). There's going to come a point in the game where those guys are going to get very aggressive. We've done a nice job on (Dwyane) Wade's pump fakes in the past - we went for two tonight and gave him six points on free throws. Just small things like that. We don't have a huge margin of error right now, and we had our chances. We had the lead, we just weren't able to take control of the game - they did."

On the Non-Sportsman Like Technical Called Against Scott Skiles:

"It was the correct call. I would expect that call in return, but a very very odd play."

Luc Mbah a Moute

On the game:

"Down the stretch they made some plays. Dwyane Wade and LeBron [James] made some key plays. It seemed like they always came back in transition and made a play. We did a good job of stopping them, but they always seemed to create off our turnovers."

"We did a good job tonight. We hung in there for three quarters. Hopefully, we can turn things around."

John Salmons

On the game:

"We played hard. They're a good team. We just need to move on. We did some good things and we stuck to the game plan. Good teams are going to make plays. We just need to keep at it, if we do, then we'll be alright. We have to continue to play at this level and this focus, and eventually we'll get better and start winning games. We were aggressive attacking the rim, but we weren't converting like we wanted too. If we stay aggressive, like we were, eventually our shots will start falling and we'll be able to turn things around."

Andrew Bogut

On the game:

"We were aggressive. It was a pretty close game until the last five minutes."

"They beat us fair and square."

"We're still battling. We kept our head up high. We didn't play as well as we could have offensively."

On Dwyane Wade:

"He's (Dwyane Wade) very tough to guard. He's one of the best players in the world at changing directions at full speed. It's tough to take a charge or block his shot.

OH BOY(KINS) - He may be only 5-5, but Bucks guard Earl Boykins has put up some big numbers for the Bucks.
Over the last five games (Boykins missed one of those games due to a league suspension), Boykins leads the team
in scoring with 20.0 ppg on 53.6 percent (30-56) from the field and 42.9 percent (6-14) from 3-point range. On
Saturday, he had a season-high 26 points on 9-16 from the field to go along with six assists.

TURKISH THUNDER - On Saturday, Ersan Ilyasova grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and notched his fifth
double-double of the season with 16 points. He reached a personal milestone, recording his 1,500th career point in
the second quarter and now has 1,507 career points. Over the last five games, Ilyasova is averaging 10.4 points,
8.6 rebounds and shooting 93.8 percent (15-16) from the free throw line.

THE BOGUT BAROMETER - In Andrew Bogut's last 27 games played (dating back to last season), a Bucks foe has
topped 100 points in regulation just twice (L.A. Lakers 118 on 11/16/10, @ Portland 106 on 12/20/10 - Boston
scored 105 in overtime on 11/3/10). In those 27 games Bucks opponents are averaging 91.1 points (2,460) on
43.9 percent shooting (910-2,074). Bogut is the only player in the league to average at least 13.0 points, 11.0
rebounds and 2.5 blocks this season.

- Keyon Dooling has dished out five or more assists in six of his last seven games. Over those games, Dooling is averaging 11.6
points, 5.4 assists to 1.4 turnovers, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal. Over his last 13 games, Dooling has handed out 52 assists against 12 turnovers. That's a
4.33:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. On the season, the Missouri alum has posted a 2.80:1 assist to turnover ratio (84:30).

SWEET SALMONS - With his 21-point performance Tuesday against the Bulls, John Salmons has scored in double digits in the past seven games and in 11
of the past 13. Over the seven most recent games, he leads the Bucks in scoring with 18.6 points and has shot 58.3 percent (14-24) from 3-point range
while pulling down 3.4 rebounds and handing out 3.4 assists.

  • The Bucks opened 2011 with a 99-87 win over the Mavericks on Jan. 1. That was the first in a seven-game
    stretch in which their six opponents (they face Miami twice) have a combined 132-72 (.647) record. Five of
    those six opponents have winning records and three of them (Dallas, 25-8; Miami, 26-9; San Antonio, 29-4)
    have nine or fewer losses on the season.

  • The Bucks rank third in the league in opponent points-in-the-paint, allowing 35.5 per game. Over the past
    three games, the Bucks have allowed just 26.5 paint points while scoring 40.5 points themselves. On
    Saturday, the Bucks outscored the Mavs 50-24 in the paint.

  • In the past two games, the Bucks have outscored their opponent in second-chance points, 32-9.
  • The Bucks have held 12 of their last 13 opponents under 100 points and have gone 7-6 in that span. Eleven
    of those 13 foes were held under their season average going into the game. Orlando scored 85 and averaged
    99.3, Miami 88 and 100.7, Indiana 95 and 100.7, Houston 91 and 105.3, San Antonio 92 and 106.4, Utah
    95 and 100.2, L.A. Lakers 79 and 106.4, Sacramento 79 and 94.9, Atlanta 95 and 96.5, Chicago 90 and
    99.7 and Dallas 87 and 98.5.

  • Chris Douglas-Roberts scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday and now has 1,002 career points. A few
    other milestones are on the horizon for the Bucks: Drew Gooden is (447) three steals away from 450 and
    (395) five blocks away from 400; Earl Boykins (5,477) is 23 points away from 5,500 and (1,973) 27 assists
    from 2,000; Keyon Dooling (4,481) is 19 points away from 4,500; Scott Skiles (93) is seven wins away from
    his 100th victory with the Bucks.
*Projected Starters by

Player Injury
Drew Gooden Plantar faciitis
Brandon Jennings Sore left ankle
Carlos Delfino Concussion-like symptoms
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Udonis Haslem Left foot injury

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