OAKLAND, Calif. -- Larry Sanders got the better of his matchup with former teammate Andrew Bogut when it counted Saturday night, contributing a basket and an assist to a late 8-0 run that propelled the Milwaukee Bucks to a 103-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Bogut had four points, nine rebounds and four assists in his first matchup with the team that made him the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2005. But it was Sanders, the man who has replaced him in the Milwaukee middle since last February's blockbuster trade, who spoiled the reunion.
Down 10 after Mike Dunleavy opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer, the Warriors rallied within one at 88-87 on a Carl Landry 12-footer with 4:06 to go.
The Bucks then put the ball in the hands of Monta Ellis -- their chief import in the Bogut trade -- and he found Sanders for an interior hoop that put Milwaukee up three.
After a Warriors turnover, the Bucks went back to Ellis, who in turn found Sanders again. This time, the big man spotted JJ Redick for a 3-pointer that doubled the margin and made it 93-87 with 3:19 to go.
Redick did it again on Milwaukee's next possession, this time converting a Brandon Jennings assist into another 3-pointer that pushed the advantage to nine and put the Bucks in a position to coast home.
Winning for the fifth time in the last six games, the Bucks got most of their production from the Jennings-Ellis backcourt that was created by the Bogut deal.
Jennings got the better of his matchup with Ellis' former mate, Stephen Curry, hitting 10 of his 16 shots from the field, including six of his 11 3-pointers, en route to 31 points. Ellis came away a winner in his second return to Oakland after the trade, contributing 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field.
Redick added 15 points. Sanders finished with six points and nine rebounds.
Klay Thompson, who went head to head with Ellis much of the night, scored 18 points for the Warriors, as did Carl Landry, who started in place of injured David Lee. Curry missed 11 of his 18 shots from the field and finished with 16 points.
The result did nothing to impact either team's playoff positioning. The Bucks (31-29) remained eighth in the Eastern Conference race, and the Warriors (35-29) failed to take advantage of losses by their two closest competitors in the Western Conference race (Houston and Utah), retaining their loose hold on the No. 6 spot.
They might both be headed to the playoffs in their new homes, but Bogut and Ellis each left his mark on his former team's record book.
The choice to be the face of the franchise in the 2005 draft, Bogut is the third-leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder in Bucks history.
Ellis was selected 39 picks later, in the second round, that same season, yet went on to lead the Warriors in scoring on two occasions (three if you count last year's 39-game stint with the team). He averaged 19.6 points in 413 games while taking the No. 6 spot in franchise history in steals and No. 9 in 3-pointers made.
Both teams played without starting forwards. The Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova complained of pain in his left knee after a 20-point outing against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Warriors' Lee suffered a bruised knee in a collision with the Rockets' Thomas Robinson in the first quarter of Friday's loss.
Ilyasova's injury added to the homecoming aspect of Saturday's game as it promoted former Warriors lottery pick Mike Dunleavy into the starting lineup. He contributed nine points and eight rebounds.
Ellis was the individual star of the show early, even if three fouls relegated him to the bench for the final 7 1/2 minutes of the first half. He got nice ovations both when taking the floor for warm-ups and during pregame introductions, then rewarded the many in attendance donning his old No. 8 Warriors jersey with 14 points in his 12 first-half minutes.
The Warriors nonetheless were able to take a 48-47 lead into the intermission as Ellis' counterpart, Thompson, nearly offset the 14 points with 11 of his own. Bogut certainly contributed to the narrow lead with four points, five rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot in 16 minutes.
NOTES: Neither Lee nor Ilyasova has been ruled out of his team's next game. The Warriors play the fifth in a seven-game homestand Monday against the Knicks; the Bucks cap a three-game California swing Sunday just up the road in Sacramento. ... The Bucks got away from the basketball court Thursday, the day after facing the Clippers, by holding a bowling outing in Los Angeles. They spent Friday's day off in San Francisco. ... For the second consecutive game, the Warriors faced a player who already had beaten them twice this season in a different uniform. Redick had 22- and 16-point outings, hitting eight of his 13 3-point attempts, when the Magic swept its home-and-home from the Warriors early in the season. Friday night, Robinson made it three in a row over Golden State in Houston's 94-88 win in Oakland. ... Asked how he approached his first meeting with a former team, Warriors coach Mark Jackson admitted, "I wanted to cook them. I gave all the right answers, but I wanted to show them what they were missing."