Milwaukee Bucks defeat Utah Jazz, 95-87

The Milwaukee Bucks have kept three things in mind during their impressive playoff push, which continued with a gritty 95-87 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at the Bradley Center.

Stay grounded, stay grounded, and stay grounded.

It's a message coach Scott Skiles has relayed to his team, and the players have bought into it and kept their feet firmly on the ground during one of the franchise's most successful runs in years.

"We're having a great stretch,"...

Wesley Matthews is strikingly honest about it.

When the former Marquette University star is asked about being ignored in last June's National Basketball Association draft, the sting is still felt in his response.

"Of course it bugs me," said Matthews, now the starting shooting guard for the Utah Jazz. "But hey, I can't do anything about it now but try to pay them back.

"I'm a motivated player, anyway, and that just added onto it. I'm not out for blood or revenge o...


PLAYER OF THE GAME: After a quiet seven-point first half, guard John Salmons came up big in the second half and led Milwaukee with 24 points. Salmons hit two key three-point baskets and scored 10 points in the third quarter.

PLAY OF THE GAME: The Bucks went to Andrew Bogut, who was unable to score over Mehmet Okur, but Ersan Ilysasova grabbed the rebound and scored for an 89-87 lead with 27.2 seconds left.

OFF THE BENCH: Ilysasova was clutch down the stretch, co...