NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Phoenix|
(Thursday, January 17th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 98, Phoenix 94
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks accomplished something on
Thursday they hadn't since Ronald Reagan was in the Oval Office.
Monta Ellis scored a game-high 24 points and the Bucks used a late run in the
fourth quarter to beat the Suns in Phoenix, 98-94, for the first time since
Feb. 21, 1987.
Larry Sanders had a career-high 19 points with 15 rebounds and recorded two
big blocks during the Bucks' game-sealing 10-0 run. Brandon Jennings and Mike
Dunleavy each netted 16 points in Milwaukee's fourth win in six games.
The Suns had won 24 straight as the hosts in this series, including all 19
contests at US Airways Center, which opened in 1992.
"I don't like to bring up the past, it's too much pressure, but I was happy we
came out and broke that streak," Sanders said.
Shannon Brown paced Phoenix, which has dropped four straight at home for the
first time since March 2004, with 20 points, while Luis Scola added 16 points
and eight boards in defeat.
"You have to be able to make plays down the stretch to win games, especially
close games. They made them, and we did not," Suns head coach Alvin Gentry
A back-and-forth contest was determined in the final 3 1/2 minutes. At that
point, Ellis hit a jumper to tie things, 86-86, starting a string of 10
straight Bucks points.
Sanders threw down a go-ahead dunk on the next Milwaukee possession, and after
Jennings went 1-for-2 at the foul line, a Sanders block led to Jennings
scooping in two more for a 91-86 lead.
Sanders blocked Scola at the other end, and the Suns turned the ball over on a
shot clock violation. Dunleavy's 3-pointer with under a minute left made it an
eight-point game, and the visitors held on from there.
Jennings scored 10 points in the first quarter and the Bucks as a whole
bullied their way to 20 points in the paint while taking a 32-22 lead into the
Phoenix rallied with its own style of physical play by getting to the foul
line 15 times and making 12 in the second stanza. The Suns ended the half on a
15-5 run to take a 56-53 advantage.
Milwaukee trailed 63-53 early in the third quarter, but pulled within 75-70 by
the end of the frame and reeled off eight straight points to even things,
80-80, on a Dunleavy 3-pointer with 8:25 to play.
Phoenix had swept the season series against Milwaukee in five of the last six
seasons ... The Suns shot 38 percent from the field, thanks in part to 11
blocks by the Bucks ... Milwaukee ends a four-game road trip in Portland on
Saturday ... Phoenix is off until playing in Sacramento next Wednesday.
01/18 00:45:23 ET