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Saturday, January 4th (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (7-25) at Phoenix Suns (19-12), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns will try to get back into the win column Saturday night when they welcome the Milwaukee Bucks to US Airways Center.

The Suns had a two-game winning streak snapped on Thursday when the Memphis Grizzlies came to the desert and left with a 99-91 victory. Still, Phoenix has won five of its last seven and 10 of its last 13.

Phoenix was without second-leading scorer Eric Bledsoe, who sprained his right knee in a 107-88 rout of the Clippers on Monday. He is questionable for Saturday.

Goran Dragic made 13-of-22 shots for a career-high 33 points in the setback, while Channing Frye netted 14 and Miles Plumlee pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds. P.J. Tucker finished with 12 and Markieff Morris managed 10 off the bench.

Memphis won the rebounding battle, 59-40.

"This was not a good matchup for us," said Dragic. "They have a lot of big guys under the rim, and they took advantage."

The Bucks are 1-1 on this short western trip, which started with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and featured a loss to the Utah Jazz on Thursday.

Milwaukee fell, 96-87 in Salt Lake City.

Larry Sanders tallied 16 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who have dropped nine of their last 11 tilts.

"They withstood everything we threw at them," Sanders said.

Luke Ridnour scored 12, followed by 11 from Gary Neal and 10 out of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova and O.J. Mayo combined for 20 points.

The Bucks return to Brew City for two consecutive home games.

Milwaukee won both of last season's matchups against Phoenix and that halted a four-game winning streak for the Suns.

The Bucks' win in Phoenix last season snapped a 24-game losing streak in Arizona that dated back to Mar. 24, 1988.

01/04 10:38:35 ET