Jim Boylan decided to change things up. Who could blame him? Nothing else has worked in Phoenix the last 24 times the Milwaukee Bucks have played there.
This time around – unlike previous years – Boylan and the team didn't talk about the fact that Milwaukee hadn't won in the Valley of the Sun since 1987.
Only after the clock hit zero at US Airways Center was it time to talk about the past. After the Bucks overcame a long stretch of struggles to pull out a 98-94 victory and end the streak, Boylan posted the box score from Feb. 21, 1987 in the locker room as Boylan joined Larry Costello and Don Nelson as the only coaches in Bucks history to win in Phoenix
Because the monkey was finally off the back, Milwaukee could have fun with it.
"We did not discuss it at all," Boylan said. "The players knew about it, they were aware of it. It wasn't like they didn't know. In years past we've tried that and said 'C'mon guys it's been 20-some odd years since we've won here.'
"It's never seemed to work so I took the opposite tact and figured I'm not going to say a word about it."
But the current Bucks team had plenty of fun with the old box score – especially with current Bucks assistant coach Sidney Moncrief, who only scored six points that night.
Early on, Milwaukee looked like the streak was going to end in blowout fashion. The Bucks played crisp basketball on both ends and led by 10 points after the first quarter.
But then the Bucks put together two quarters of basketball that left plenty to be desired. Poor defense, turnovers, missed shots and missed free throws allowed a struggling Suns team to rally from 12 down to take control of the game.
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