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               === Bucks begin Boylan era with win over Suns ===
 Milwaukee,  WI  (Sports Network)  - The  Milwaukee Bucks  began the Jim Boylan
 coaching era on a positive note.
 A  day  after the team  and former coach Scott  Skiles mutually agreed to part
 ways,  the  Bucks ended a four-game  skid by downing the Phoenix Suns, 108-99,
 behind 29 points and nine assists from Brandon Jennings.
 Jennings  shot 9-for-15  -- including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc -- in leading
 seven  Bucks players in double-figures. Larry Sanders tallied 10 points, eight
 rebounds  and six blocks, while Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson each scored 12.
 Henson also pulled down 11 boards in the victory.
 Boylan was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
 "It  was a  nice win," Boylan remarked.  "It's great to come out and, first of
 all,  to break  the losing  streak we  had  going, but  to take  over, have  a
 coaching change, come out and get the first win, is great."
 In  the  first of  a four-game  road trip, the  Suns continued their struggles
 away  from  home in  dropping their  10th straight contest  on the road. Goran
 Dragic  led  the team  with 21  points and  Marcin Gortat  and Luis Scola each
 posted double-doubles.
 Gortat  tallied 16 points  and 14 boards and Scola finished with 12 points and
 10 rebounds in the defeat for the Suns.
 "Tough loss. Really tough loss," Gortat remarked. "We thought we were going to
 have this one. We are hoping we can break the losing streak."
 The  Bucks entered the  third quarter trailing 56-50, but used a barrage of 3-
 pointers  to  spark a 13-0  run and take  the lead. Luc  Mbah a Moute sank the
 first  before Jennings  knocked down  back-to-back  triples to  put the  Bucks
 Ilyasova then followed with consecutive baskets to give Milwaukee a five-point
 edge,  but the Suns  countered with a Dragic triple and a Scola jumper to knot
 the contest at 71-71.
 After closing out the third with a 80-76 lead, the Bucks extended their margin
 to  11  with eight minutes  left in the  fourth following a Henson three-point
 play and a Beno Udrih jumper.
 The  Suns twice closed the cap to five points in the final five minutes, but a
 ferocious  Sanders  dunk put Milwaukee ahead  104-94 with 1:30 left to all but
 seal the win.
 Both  teams shot at least 60 percent in the opening quarter, but the Suns took
 a  33-26 edge into the second after Sebastian Telfair hit a long triple to end
 of the first.
 After  a  pair of  Monta Ellis  free throws gave  the Bucks  a 42-39 lead, the
 Suns closed out the second on 17-8 run to take a 56-50 lead into halftime.
                                   Game Notes
 Sanders  has recorded  at least  four blocks  in four  straight games.  He has
 accomplished  the feat 14 times this season ... The Suns came into the contest
 winners in 11 of their past 12 contests with Bucks ... Phoenix fell to 2-15 on
 the  road  with the  loss ...  The Suns' next  victory will  be the 2,000th in
 franchise history.
 01/09 00:40:07 ET

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