Yet again, the Milwaukee Bucks faced a big deficit. This time around, there would be no comeback.
For the third time in their last five games, the Bucks trailed by at least 20 points in the second half and that doesn't include Saturday when Milwaukee was down 17 points in the first quarter.
Last Monday, Milwaukee rallied from 27 down to beat Chicago. One week later, sloppy play wasn't going to allow it to happen again. Dominated by Robin Lopez, Ryan Anderson and Jason Smith inside, the Bucks were held to a season-low 81 points in a 21-point loss in New Orleans, a place they haven't won since 2003.
"We weren't sharp, our focus wasn't sharp and they made us pay for it," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "They played with a lot of energy, they know the guys they are looking for and they make those looks and they find them. They did a good job."
Milwaukee has now lost six of eight, with both wins during that stretch of the comeback variety, rallying from 27 and 17 points down.