Life on the road has been good for the Milwaukee Bucks so far this season.
The Bucks are 9-9 away from home, a marked improvement from a year ago and a record that has kept them afloat in the Eastern Conference race.
Despite their 104-88 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday at the Staples Center, the Bucks have a chance to put a positive stamp on their current four-game trip.
But first they will need to end an amazingly long losing streak in the Valley of the Sun.
The Bucks have lost 24 consecutive games in Phoenix, including 19 in a row at the US Airways Center, a place the team has never won. The building opened in 1992.
Bucks coach Jim Boylan joked last week that "FDR was president" the last time Milwaukee won in Phoenix. But Boylan later amended that, saying Ronald Reagan actually was in office in 1987 when the Bucks gained a road victory against the Suns.
"So I think it's about time," Boylan said.
Of course there have been a few other presidents since then, two Bushes (George H.W. and George W.), Bill Clinton and current President Barack Obama.
Seven players on the current Bucks roster were not born yet when the Bucks won at Phoenix, 115-107, on Feb. 21, 1987.
John Lucas was the leading scorer for the Bucks that night with 24 points. It was the final year Don Nelson served as coach of the Bucks, and Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce, Paul Pressey, Jack Sikma and current Bucks assistant coach Sidney Moncrief were members of the team.
Bucks out to end 24-game skid in Phoenix
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jan 17