A victory over the defending NBA champs late last month had the Milwaukee Bucks off to their best start in seven seasons.
They haven't won since.
Milwaukee will try to avoid its first five-game losing streak in exactly one year on Tuesday night against a Suns team on the verge of its first 10-game road skid in 27 seasons.
Since a 104-85 victory over Miami on Dec. 29 moved them a season high-tying four games above .500, the Bucks (16-16) have gone winless while surrendering 105.8 points per game.
Milwaukee is also trying to fix its offensive struggles after getting outscored by a combined 111-76 in the second half of its last two losses versus Houston and Indiana.
"The second half has been killing us - we've been coming out with a lack of energy," point guard Brandon Jennings said after the Bucks matched a season-low point total in Saturday's 95-80 loss at the Pacers.
Milwaukee is two games behind sixth-place Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference, but Jenning...