MILWAUKEE -- Mike Dunleavy called it an old Western Conference shootout. Scott Skiles said his team's defense was "embarrassingly bad." But in the end, it was a defensive play that proved pivotal.
With the Bucks up 114-110 with 18 seconds left, Bucks forward Larry Sanderswent up with Hornets forward Ryan Anderson and stuffed him, an incredibly tough play to make without fouling. Also an important play, because stops were at a premium.
"We needed it," Skiles said. "In a game where our defense was so awful beyond anything reasonable we needed somebody to step up and make a defensive play for us and Larry did."
It wasn't a good night for Milwaukee's defense. The Hornets guards were able to get into the paint at will and they got easy baskets off the pick and roll. New Orleans was still shooting over 60 percent deep into the third quarter.
"We just missed on assignments and it turned into a high scoring game, which we didn't want," Dunleavy said. "Fortunately we were able to come ou...