Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 1/8/12
How long has it been since the Milwaukee Bucks last won a game in Phoenix? Ronald Reagan was president. Gas was 95 cents a gallon. Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" was the record of the year. The Suns still played at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. And longtime Bucks analyst Jon McGlocklin was in his first season paired with current play-by-play partner Jim Paschke. February 21, 1987 marked the last time the Bucks left the Valley of the Sun victorious. John Lucas had 24 points and 10 assists in Milwaukee's 115-107 victory. But since then, the Bucks have lost 24 straight in Phoenix. How do you explain such a streak? Looking at the fortunes of the two franchises during that stretch, it's not hard to see the difference. The Suns have been one of the NBA's best teams over the last 25 years while the Bucks have struggled, making the playoffs just 10 times during that same stretch. Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles coached the Suns from 1999 to 2002. "Through the 90s, the Suns were winning 50-plus (games) every year," Skiles said. "There have been good teams here. . . the Bucks weren't very good at the same time." "You'd think at some point, things would come back in your favor and you'd win one. That hasn't happened, though." It certainly didn't Sunday, when the Suns shot the lights out of the US Airways Center in a 109-93 victory over the shorthanded Bucks, who return to Milwaukee with an 0-5 record on their five-game western road trip and still looking for their first road victory of the season. The Bucks let Phoenix shoot 68 percent in the first quarter and 70 percent in the third, struggling the entire night to find a way to stop Phoenix's Steve Nash, who finished with 10 points and 17 assists. "We have to play better. We're having stretches where we're playing hard, having stretches we're not playing hard. We have to play better." If there was a bright spot Sunday, it was the performance of the Bucks' bench, which saw extended action thanks to the lopsided score. Milwaukee's reserves scored 52 points in the contest, including 15 points in 23 minutes from rookie Tobias Harris. "He looked good," Skiles said. "He's not in great shape yet and still learning what we're doing." Shaun Livingston added 12 and Jon Leuer finished with 11 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of action. The good news for Skiles and the Bucks is that Andrew Bogut is expected to rejoin the team after missing the last four games to deal with personal matters in his native Australia. His agent told the Associated Press Sunday that Bogut would be back in the United States Sunday and ready to go Tuesday when the Bucks host San Antonio at the Bradley Center. There is still no word, though, on whether some of the Bucks' other injured players will be ready to go against the Spurs. Mike Dunleavy, Jr. missed the trip with a groin injury. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has been sidelined with knee soreness and Beno Udrih sat out the last two games with a shoulder injury. "We're hopeful to have Bogut back. But I'm not sure about the rest," Skiles said. "I don't really have any information that they're going to be back." Craig Coshun of FOX Sports Wisconsin contributed to this report. Follow Andrew Wagner on Twitter.
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