MILWAUKEE For a short period of time, the Milwaukee Bucks looked like they finally were going to have a game break their way.
Monta Ellis fought through an intestinal bug and was in one of his fourth quarter zones, J.J. Redick was hitting three-pointers and a four-point play by Ellis gave Milwaukee the lead with 14.2 seconds left.
But again the Bucks just couldn't get a win. Ty Lawson shook Ellis for the go-ahead jumper and Redick's good look at a three-pointer was no good, giving Denver a 112-111 win and dropping the Bucks final home record to 21-20.
While the loss is Milwaukee's fifth in a row and 15th in its last 20 games, the Bucks gave an effort that can be a building block and a much more encouraging of a performance with the playoffs right around the corner.
That said, the Bucks badly wanted a win -- especially against one of the Western Conference's best teams.
"Great effort but we really needed this win tonight and we came up short," Ellis said. "Now we have to get th...