PHOTOS: Memorable Bucks moments at the Bradley Center
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The Bradley Center opened Oct. 1, 1988, with the Milwaukee Bucks taking the court a little over a month later. The BC would be the home of the Bucks for the next three decades, with Milwaukee playing its final regular-season game there April 9. Here's a few memorable moments from their time at the Bradley Center to savor before the Bucks head off to their new arena in 2018-19.
Nov. 8, 1988: First win
The Bucks' first game at the Bradley Center was actually Nov. 5, 1988, a 107-94 loss to Atlanta. Three days later Milwaukee topped Philadelphia 114-103 at the BC for its first victory in the new arena. Terry Cummings led five Bucks in double figures with 31 points while Ricky Pierce chipped in 25 off the bench. The Bucks held Charles Barkley to just 12 points.
Nov. 9, 1989: Five OT game
The Bucks and Seattle played one of the longest games in NBA history (and the longest in the shot-clock era) with the home team eventually prevailing 155-154 in five overtimes. Jay Humphries (11 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds) played a team-high 62 minutes for Milwaukee -- but he was topped by the Sonics' Dale Ellis (69 minutes) and Xavier McDaniel (68). In all, six players were on the court for more than 50 minutes. Eight Bucks scored in double figures, led by Pierce's 36. Tony Brown (7 of his 13 points) and Jeff Grayer (his only 2) scored nine consecutive points in the fifth overtime and the Sonics' rally fell short. Xavier McDaniel missed a tying 3 that would have sent the game into a sixth OT (he would make two free throws resulting in the final score).
April 4, 1993: Kareem has jersey retired
He only played six seasons with the Bucks and his leaving Milwaukee was hardly harmonious, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar more than left his mark on the franchise. He helped lead the Bucks to their only NBA championship and despite playing only those six years, he is still the franchise leader in many categories, including points, rebounds and field-goal percentage. This jersey retirement was a long time coming and didn't occur until Abdul-Jabbar had been retired for four years -- and it also helped mend fences between the player and the city's fans, some of whom didn't appreciate the way he left town.
June 1, 2001: Eastern Conference finals, Game 6
Ray Allen (above, hugging Darvin Ham after the game) made nine 3-pointers and scored 41 points as the Bucks evened up their best-of-7 series with the 76ers in what can be considered the last "big" game to be played at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee had outlasted Charlotte in the semifinals, winning the last two games, including a Game 7 at the Bradley Center. Alas, Milwaukee would lose Game 7 in Philadelphia and the Bucks have yet to win a playoff series since.
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April 14, 2002: Ray Allen makes 10 3s
In a 98-91 win over Charlotte, Allen poured in 47 points. In doing so, he made 10 of 14 3-pointers setting a Bucks franchise record for most 3s in a game. No Milwaukee player has reached 10 made 3s in a game before or since.
Nov. 11, 2006: Michael Redd scores 57
Only one player in Bucks history had scored 50+ points in game -- Abdul-Jabbar -- prior to Redd's big outing. The 57 points topped Abdul-Jabbar's best outing by two points and remains the franchise single-game record. Redd made 18 of 32 shots, including 6 of 12 from 3, and 15 of 17 free-throw attempts. Milwaukee, however, lost to Utah 113-111.
April 14, 2008: Ramon Sessions dishes out 24 assists
No player in Milwaukee history had reached 20 assists until Sessions turned the trick with 24 in a high-scoring 151-135 loss to Chicago in the penultimate game of the season. It remains the franchise record for assists (and no one else has reached 20). Sessions is just one of 13 players in NBA history to have a game with 24+ assists.
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Nov. 14, 2009: The rookie goes for 55
Brandon Jennings became a cult hero in Milwaukee just seven games into his career. With the Bucks hosting Golden State, Jennings sunk 21 of 34 shots (including 7 of 8 3s), to score 55 points (his final point coming on the above free throw), two off Redd's record and the most for a Bucks rookie, eclipsing Abdul-Jabbar's 51 in 1970. No other Milwaukee rookie other than Abdul-Jabbar and Jennings has scored more than 38 points in a game. Only six rookies in NBA history have score 50+ points in a game and just two have more than Jennings' 55 (Rick Barry, 57, and Earl Monroe, 56, who both did it in the '60s). Other than Jennings, Allen Iverson (50 in 2009) is the only other rookie to reach 50 points in a game since Abdul-Jabbar.
April 25, 2015: Bayless' Game 4 buzzer-beater
As far as exciting playoff victories go, it would be hard to top the Game 4 win over Chicago in the 2014-15 season. With the score tied at 90 and 1.3 seconds remaining, Jerryd Bayless made a cutback move on the baseline, to get past Derrick Rose and freeing up a little space between him and his defender. Jared Dudley lobbed it to Bayless with a perfect inbounds pass. Bayless hit the layup to give the Bucks the win then calmly strutted towards the Milwaukee bench as his teammates, and a frenzied crowd, celebrated.
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Dec. 12, 2015: 24-1
Golden State was coming off winning the NBA title and were blitzing its way through the schedule, winning its first 24 games. Milwaukee was just 9-15 but there was an energy in the air -- and a lot of 24-1 t-shirts being worn, a bold move considering the two teams' fortunes up to that point. But with five Bucks players scoring in double figures, led by Greg Monroe's 28, Milwaukee made those shirts look prophetic with a convincing 108-95 win for the Warriors' first loss.
Dec. 22, 2016: Giannis' first triple-double
It was almost like a changing of the guard. With Kobe Bryant playing his final game in Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a bit of a coming-out party, notching his first of nine career triple-doubles -- 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists (he also had four blocks, three steals and just one turnover) as the Bucks beat the Lakers and Bryant in his Bradley Center finale, 108-101. It was what Bucks fans had been waiting for, and now anticipate before each game -- the potential for a Giannis triple-double.