NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 11th (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (15-19) at Phoenix Suns (23-14), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Bucks resume a season-high six-game western road trip tonight aiming for their first win in the desert against the Phoenix Suns in nearly 23 years.
Milwaukee has dropped 21 straight in the Valley of the Sun, last winning on Feb. 21, 1987.
The Bucks were trounced in the opener of their trek yesterday in Los Angeles when Shannon Brown scored 15 of his season-high 19 points in the second half, and the Lakers overcame an awful shooting night by superstar Kobe Bryant to beat Milwaukee, 95-77, at Staples Center.
Bryant, still playing with an avulsion fracture of his right index finger, went 4-of-21 from the field and finished with just 12 points.
Hakim Warrick scored 14 for the Bucks, who had a three-game winning streak broken. Jodie Meeks added 12 points and Brandon Jennings, Luke Ridnour and Charlie Bell each recorded 10. Jennings shot a miserable 4-for-17 from the field, however.
"We didn't have enough guys that played well," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "Our defense played well, but we couldn't get anything going offensively."
Milwaukee guard Michael Redd was helped to the locker room late in the first quarter after aggravating his sore left knee while driving to the hoop. He'll be examined Monday.
Milwaukee, which is just 4-12 as the visitor this season, will also face Portland, Golden State, Utah and Houston on its trip.
The Suns, meanwhile, fell to 1-1 on a three-game homestand Friday when Jermaine O'Neal hit a clutch jumper and added two free throws in the final 30 seconds, as the Miami Heat dealt Phoenix a rare home loss, 109-105, despite Miami's starting five accounting for just two field goals in the fourth quarter.
Amare Stoudemire and Grant Hill each scored 18 points with the former hauling in an equal amount of rebounds and the latter 13 with five assists. Steve Nash had 16 points and 12 assists for Phoenix, which suffered only its fourth home loss this season (14-4) but also the second in its last three.
"We've got to come up with rebounds and loose balls," said Phoenix head coach Alvin Gentry. "We've gotta stay focused on what the game plan is and we didn't do that tonight."
Jason Richardson and Channing Frye scored 15 points apiece and each made a trio of three-point shots as the Suns had a modest two-game win streak halted.
01/11 10:38:54 ET