Thursday , Dec , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks try to get back on winning track

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks attempt to put the brakes
on a two-game losing streak, as they visit the Chicago Bulls tonight at the
United Center.

Milwaukee lost on Tuesday when Chris Webber drained a three-pointer from the
top of the key as time expired in regulation, lifting the Sacramento Kings to
a dramatic 89-86 victory over the Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Desmond Mason paced the Bucks with 23 points in the loss to Sacramento.
All-Star Michael Redd added 20 points and Mike James contributed 15 for
Milwaukee, which has dropped three of four and 12 of its last 15 games

The Bucks’ Marcus Fizer did not play on Tuesday because of strep throat and
Keith Van Horn missed the contest with right ankle tendinitis, his sixth
straight game. Both players are questionable for tonight’s contest.

Mason has scored in double-digits in eight straight games. He is averaging
20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in that span.

Milwaukee is a brutal 1-8 on the road this season.

The Bulls start a three-game homestand tonight. Chicago will also host the
Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers on the stand.

On Wednesday, Eddy Curry poured in a team-high 20 points, Kirk Hinrich added
15 and Chicago earned a rare road win by beating the Memphis Grizzlies, 96-88,
at the FedExForum.

Ben Gordon came off the bench to add 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting on Wednesday
for the Bulls, who won just their second road game of the season. Tyson
Chandler had a solid all around game, netting nine points with a game-high 10
rebounds in the win.

Curry has scored 20 points in back-to-back contests. He is averaging 17.2
points and 6.6 rebounds in his last five games.

Chicago is 3-7 as the host this season.

In 2003-04, the Bucks won three of their four contests with the Bulls.
Overall, the home team has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. Milwaukee has won
four of six and six of the last nine contests in this series. The Bucks have
lost five of their last eight at Chicago.