Bucks get off the schneid on the road
The streak is over.
After failing in the first eight attempts, the Bucks won their first road game of the season Friday night, a 100-86 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
It was probably Milwaukee's most complete effort of the season and it's no coincidence as it came on a night that head coach Scott Skiles' team was playing at nearly full-strength for the first time this year.
Only Stephen Jackson, who was held out of the game as a result of missing the team's shoot around session Friday morning, didn't participate. Mike Dunleavy, Jr. returned after missing ten games with a groin injury and played 13 minutes while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute also returned to the lineup and finished with six points in 24 minutes of action.
Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 36 points – the most by a Bucks player this season – on 15-of-26 shooting and hit six of 12 three-point attempts.
Defensively, the Bucks were strong from start to finish, holding New York to 37 percent shooting from the field and 27 percent from behind the arc. Carmelo Anthony had a good game, scoring 35 points, but the Knicks got just 11 points from their bench in the loss.
"I thought we played very well," Skiles said. "It may have been our best defensive game.
"Everybody that came in the game did something positive for us."
Milwaukee improved to 5-9 on the season and 1-8 on the road, leaving Washington as the only team without a road victory (0-6) this season.
The Bucks will try to make it two in a row Sunday night when they face LeBron James and the Heat in Miami at 5 p.m.