Thursday , Jan , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks seek to break out of slump

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks (18-15) have lost four of their last
five games to fall 9 1/2 games behind the league-leading Detroit Pistons
(27-5) in the Central Division.

On Wednesday, Stephen Jackson scored a game-high 24 points and added six
assists, as Indiana rolled to a 112-88 victory over Milwaukee at Conseco
Fieldhouse.

Dan Gadzuric had 17 points and T.J. Ford contributed 16 for the Bucks. Leading
scorer Michael Redd scored just 13 points on 4-for15 shooting in the loss.

The Pacers enjoyed an 81-66 lead after three quarters and the Bucks never got
anything going in the fourth quarter and were outscored 31-22 over the final
12 minutes en route to suffering the 24-point loss. The Bucks also made just
3- of-14 from behind the arc.

During the recent cold streak, the Bucks’ defense has been no different from
usual, giving up 99.1 ppg versus a season average of 99.5 ppg. The offense,
however, has suffered – scoring just 89.2 ppg versus a season average of 96.7
ppg.

Following a couple of days off, the Bucks will try to break out of their slump
at Charlotte (11-24). The Bobcats are good team to try to turn it around
against as Milwaukee was 4-0 against them last season.

The Bucks end the week with a matchup against the Nuggets (18-18) at home on
Saturday.

Guard Maurice Williams (foot) is doubtful for Friday’s game against Charlotte.
Meanwhile, Charlie Bell (knee) and Joe Smith (knee) are sidelined
indefinitely.

MIL