Found January 29, 2012 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
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MILWAUKEE No Andrew Bogut? No Stephen Jackson? No problem. With two of their best players on the bench, the Milwaukee Bucks put together one of their most complete efforts of the season and the result was a 100-89 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night at the Bradley Center.It was another impressive victory for the Bucks (8-11), who have struggled for most of the season but in recent weeks have recorded some big wins against some of the league's better teams, including a 106-103 defeat of San Antonio on Jan. 10 and a 91-82 victory at Miami on Jan. 22.Playing without Bogut, who is out 8-12 weeks with a broken ankle, should have been a major disadvantage for Milwaukee, which used a big-man-by-committee approach against Lakers bigs Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. But the Bucks collection of Drew Gooden (23 points, eight rebounds in 36 minutes), Ersan Illyasova, Larry Sanders, Jon Leuer and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute not a center in the bunch -- held its own down low. Despite being outrebounded, 44-35 (16-6 on the offensive glass), the Bucks outscored the Lakers in the paint, 44-42."It was clear, shortly after the jump ball, that they were going to try and go inside on us," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We held our own We really competed tonight."The Milwaukee bench again provided a spark, outscoring the Lakers reserves, 37-24. The Bucks bench has outscored its counterpart in five straight games, by an average of 42.3-17.0.That's the biggest part in our success right now, said Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, whose team is 4-2 in its last six games. They came in and really carried us, especially in that second quarter.The biggest difference Saturday was in fast-break points and turnovers. The Bucks scored 15 points in transition and turned the ball over just seven times while the Lakers committed 15 turnovers leading to 23 Bucks points.That kind of effort will be needed as Milwaukee prepares for life without Bogut for the at least the next two months and maybe the rest of the regular season. Jackson, the teams starting shooting guard, was serving a one-game NBA suspension for berating an official after Fridays loss in Chicago and will be back in the lineup when the team hosts the Pistons on Monday."A lot of people have to step up, and we did that on both ends of the court tonight," said Mike Dunleavy Jr., who went 6 of 8 from the field and 2 of 3 from 3-point range to finish with 15 points Saturday. "It feels good to get the win."The key moving forward, Skiles said, is to continue playing with the same unselfishness and willingness to move the ball that the team has made a habit in the past few games. Saturday, the Bucks point guards combined for 14 assists with one turnover and the team finished with 21 assists on 40 baskets."We have shown a willingness to work together out there," Skiles said. "When we start ball-holdng and isolating too much, we're just not as good. When the ball is moving around, we have enough ballhandlers and shooters, and everyone participates we look like a really good club."After stumbling to a 4-9 start to the season, the Bucks are now 8-11 and riding a wave of confidence. Seven of their next 10 games are at home, where Milwaukee is 5-2 this season. The fact that we have home games, we'll be at our house where we're comfortable and use to playing, will be big, Jennings said. We have to get these next couple of wins.
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