Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Wednesday, October 29th
Game 2: Saturday, April 11th

Thunder 98

(22-58, 7-32 away)

Bucks 115

(33-47, 21-19 home)

    Coverage: KSBI

    8:30 PM ET, April 11, 2009

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    OKC 24 27 21 2698
    MIL 22 34 37 22115

    Top Performers

    Okc: K. Durant 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Mil: R. Jefferson 35 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jefferson ties season high with 35 points; Bucks get well against Thunder

    Associated Press

    MILWAUKEE -- Richard Jefferson's first shot clanked off the rim and lodged awkwardly behind the basket in the shot clock supports. After Thunder center Nenad Krstic got it down with the help of a ballboy's mop handle, Jefferson's night got a whole lot better.

    Jefferson finished 13-of-21 from the field to tie a season high with 35 points and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 115-98 victory over Oklahoma City on Saturday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Richard Jefferson had a season high-tying 35 points (his sixth 30-point game of the season) as Milwaukee snapped a four-game losing streak and won for just the second time in 11 games.

    • After leading by five at halftime, the Bucks used a 37-21 third quarter to take control of the game.

    • The Bucks snapped a five-game home losing streak.

    • Kevin Durant had 19 points to lead the Thunder, who have lost five straight in Milwaukee.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "My first shot got stuck on the backboard. You never how your night is going to go after that for a first shot, but after that my teammates got me the ball in some good spots and I was just able to keep knocking them down," said Jefferson, who also had nine rebounds.

    Luke Ridnour scored 18 points and Charlie Villanueva added 14 for the Bucks, who have long been eliminated from the postseason race but will finish with a winning record at home (21-19) with one final game at the Bradley Center on Monday against Orlando.

    Jefferson, who scored at least 30 points for the sixth time this season, was the biggest reason Milwaukee clung to the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference until March despite losing Andrew Bogut (back) and Michael Redd (knee) to season-ending injuries much earlier in the season.

    Unfortunately, Jefferson simply couldn't carry the load every night and the Bucks rarely got the balanced scoring effort they enjoyed Saturday night while losing nine of their last 11.

    "When he's knocking down his jump shots, there's nothing you can do about it," said Kevin Durant, who had 19 points. "We were getting hands up and contesting but they were going in."

    On Friday night, the Thunder played the role of spoiler by eliminating Charlotte from the postseason with an 84-81 victory in Oklahoma City's final home game of its inaugural season there.

    Against Milwaukee, Durant started slow and rookie Russell Westbrook had 13, but to be competitive in the Western Conference, the young Thunder must learn to win on the road after falling to 7-32 away from the Ford Center.

    "I've been on that end, too, where you have a young team and you have a big win and you go on the road, and you don't quite bring it like they're capable of bringing it," Bucks first-year coach Scott Skiles said. "Our job is to take advantage of that, and we did."

    Durant tied the game with a jumper late in the second quarter, but the Bucks began pulling away, first with an 11-2 run to start the second half to take a 67-53 lead, then pushing it to 93-72 entering the fourth thanks to Jefferson's 13 in the quarter.

    For the Thunder, it was a homecoming for Beloit, Wis., native Kyle Weaver. The Thunder guard started because of an injury to Thabo Sefolosha and finished with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting, most in garbage time.

    Weaver got his hands on 15 tickets for family and estimated several hundred friends made the 60-mile drive northeast to Milwaukee. He also visited his grandmother and acknowledged that she sometimes mistakes him for Jeff Green when watching the Thunder on TV.

    On Saturday night, there was no mistaking him for Green, who had an even quieter game with seven points, and plenty of his friends and family waited after the game to chat.

    "Hopefully, I don't miss the bus," he said.

    Game notes

    Ramon Sessions and rookies Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Joe Alexander each had 10 points for Milwaukee. ... Shaun Livingston scored 14 points and rookie D.J. White had 11 for Oklahoma City. ... The Thunder sold out 18 games compared to just two for Milwaukee at the Bradley Center this year. ... Sefolosha (dislocated finger) is done for the season after hurting himself Friday night, interim coach Scott Brooks said. ... It was Sessions' birthday and there was a cake with his No. 7 waiting for him at his locker.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 115
    FGM-FGA 36-85 (.424) 43-82 (.524)
    3PM-3PA 7-14 (.500) 9-22 (.409)
    FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 20-26 (.769)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-44 9-41
    Assists 22 31
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 4 7
    Blocks 0 6
    Fast Break Points 8 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 24

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma City
    Kevin Durant Durant
    Points: 19
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 35
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1