NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, December 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (6-21) at Charlotte Bobcats (13-15), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak
and will try to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they
visit The Time Warner Cable Arena to meet the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Bucks ended yet another slide on Saturday night with a home victory over
the Philadelphia 76ers. Milwaukee came out with a 116-106 win, which was a
season-high point total.
"I thought our guys did a good job early in the game in establishing tempo,"
said Bucks head coach Larry Drew. "That's a good win. We've been really
scrapping and trying to finish games."
Khris Middleton scored 27 points and Caron Butler added 22 points and 11
rebounds, while Brandon Knight finished with 21 points and six assists for
Butler returned to the lineup after missing the last 12 contests with a
swollen left knee.
"I got a rhythm early and fed off my teammates," Butler said.
Miroslav Raduljica (14) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (11) also cracked the 10-
point mark for a Bucks team that shot 52.4 percent from the field.
John Henson joined the list of walking wounded for the Bucks and didn't play
Saturday because of a sore knee. His availability for Monday is unknown.
The Bobcats had a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday when they fell
at home to the Utah Jazz, 88-85.
Down one with 29.9 seconds to play, Kemba Walker's driving layup attempt was
too strong and Al Jefferson missed a pair of offensive rebound putback layups
before Utah's Trey Burke sank two free throws with 10.2 ticks on the clock to
make it 88-85.
"The basketball gods weren't on my side tonight," Jefferson said of the two
Jefferson tallied 19 points and 11 boards, while Walker finished with 20
points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bobcats. Ramon Sessions added
13 points off the bench, while Gerald Henderson chipped in 12.
The Bobcats announced forward Jeff Taylor would miss the rest of the season
with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.
Charlotte also unveiled the team's new primary Hornets logo at halftime. The
Bobcats become the Hornets a day after their final game of the season.
The Bobcats have beaten Milwaukee twice already this season, once at home and
once on the road. Charlotte has won by an average of 20 points.
The Bucks have lost three straight and eight of their last nine in Charlotte.
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