Bucks vs. Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Milwaukee Bucks (35-21) play against the Phoenix Suns (10-10) at Footprint Center

Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Thursday February 10, 2022

Milwaukee Bucks 5, Phoenix Suns 6 (Q1 09:26)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Grayson Allen 3. 6-3 #Suns10:15 PM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Sacramento Kings jersey update following today’s trade:
Donte DiVincenzo will wear 0.
Trey Lyles will wear No. 41.
Josh Jackson selects No. 55. – 10:15 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks go down 6-0 before scoring their first bucket and it’s Grayson Allen for three nearly two minutes into the game. – 10:15 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Paul to Bridges bounce pass layup. #Suns up 6-0. – 10:14 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Get fired up. pic.twitter.com/2VN9uoFUhM10:14 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
DeAndre Ayton whistled for his first foul 38 seconds into this one. – 10:14 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Ayton turnaround jumper. #Suns up 4-0. – 10:14 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Foul on Ayton on Giannis 1st touch and drive. #Suns10:13 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
NINE-NINE FLOATER.
We are off! pic.twitter.com/TPKLeAjLv110:13 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder runner. 2-0 #Suns10:13 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Ayton on Giannis – 10:12 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
We definitely in here. #Suns #Bucks pic.twitter.com/S85TEOm50y10:11 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks-Suns. pic.twitter.com/Cha2wUpzKM10:11 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
It’s time for Bucks Basketball!! pic.twitter.com/n5S7xVUxA110:10 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Love what the Nets did.
Love what the 76ers did.
You’re kidding yourself if you think the Bucks aren’t still the best team in the East. – 10:08 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Almost certain the Suns will bring A+ intensity to start the game. Will be interesting to see how the Bucks respond. They’ll be ready for it. – 10:08 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
4-game win streak & counting for the Bucks.
🎥 @socios pic.twitter.com/EyUpBVVbEI10:03 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
When the fellas notice the camera. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/m4wTBNeuWy9:59 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Same 5 tonight vs. Suns. pic.twitter.com/QRgH1DOHWg9:51 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
As one might expect – a round of boos for the Milwaukee #Bucks as they took the court at the Footprint Center. – 9:50 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Suns pregame pep talk is absolutely out of control. These dudes crack me up. Guest appearance from Dario and Frank too! pic.twitter.com/0mEwBdzMmC9:50 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Just a couple of baseball guys. 😏 pic.twitter.com/5gTC3NaOnr9:42 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth Health Update: pic.twitter.com/P03gHIuWP59:31 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
First Five.
#ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/hAqGLm9V6L9:30 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
On the road trip, Giannis is averaging 33.7 points per game and shooting 68.1% overall and 66.7% from three.
🎥 @socios pic.twitter.com/acK8nrZWdg9:30 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Grayson Allen (hip) is expected to play for the #Bucks tonight.
Head coach Mike Budenholzer said there’s a chance George Hill doesn’t play next week and they give him next week + the all-star break. Added that decision has not been made. – 9:23 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder warming up for tonight’s Finals rematch pic.twitter.com/YRRihAdz9b9:23 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
You know what happened the last time we played. 😏
🔄 @betwayusa Game Rewind pic.twitter.com/0zk97142VE9:19 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
We’re home.
@PlayAtGila | #YouDoYou pic.twitter.com/D8TyXcy5hl9:17 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Nets rookie Cam Thomas leads all scorers w/ 18 pts so far tonight. Some irony there.
He was the 27th pick in the 2021 draft. The Wizards had the 22nd pick, but traded it to the Pacers for Aaron Holiday & Isaiah Todd. Today, Holiday was traded to the Suns for cash considerations. – 9:14 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Clean left wrist now for Jae Crowder pic.twitter.com/RzmucPEpIk9:11 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
My thoughts on the Suns’ good-but-not-great NBA Trade Deadline, updated with thoughts from Monty Williams on Torrey Craig, Aaron Holiday and Jalen Smith: bit.ly/3rIRKIZ9:09 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Ready to go.
📸 @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/06U1iQz4RW9:04 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
While they might seem a lil wild in the moment, JaVale McGee works on the hook shots, floaters, 3s and such pregame pic.twitter.com/2w0pk3YmQq9:02 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Birthday Boy!! 🥳
📸 @MotorolaUS pic.twitter.com/qC4Q3eoIBz8:52 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
The Pacers trade with the Suns is official. Indiana has acquired 2020 number 10 overall pick Jalen Smith and a 2nd round pick in exchange for Torrey Craig and cash considerations. – 8:43 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Please welcome the 3x All-NBA Defensive First Team selection @Serge Ibaka to Milwaukee!!
🔗https://t.co/v1qG0CirwI pic.twitter.com/tJd9prOh418:43 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The Phoenix Suns have waived Abdel Nader and terminated the 10-Day contract for Justin Jackson.
These transactions were done to create roster spaces for the Suns deadline acquisitions. – 8:36 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
“Serge has the ability to move his feet and protect the rim.” pic.twitter.com/jUOIbZLBcZ8:35 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Trevor Booker honored in Littlejohn Coliseum — Duke vs. Clemson
(Former Wizard) pic.twitter.com/a3tCMAbQzf8:33 PM

Indiana Pacers @Pacers
OFFICIAL: We have acquired forward Jalen Smith and a 2022 second-round pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for forward Torrey Craig and cash considerations.
Learn more » https://t.co/fX9Sqv0xGH pic.twitter.com/FgSgYSwSIi8:33 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: Dolphins bring back popular ex-player to coach receivers, part ways with a defensive backs coach, book interview with former Hurricanes coach and watch their on-the-way-out 2021 play caller take another job: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…8:31 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
85 free throws in 6 games.
Monty Williams let it be known Giannis Antetokounmpo’s numbers in NBA Finals.
#Bucks vs. #Suns next. pic.twitter.com/sXLnjBdemZ8:28 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said Deandre Ayton getting to face Joel Embiid on Tuesday was a good test to face prior to Giannis tonight. Needs to restrict what he can for Giannis like he did with Embiid only taking 6 FTs – 8:28 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Welcome to The Valley, Aaron! 🏜️
#ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/Q9vZFtJtq08:28 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty described Aaron Holiday as a “tough, young guard” who can definitely help ease some of Chris Paul’s heavy minutes that he’s been logging lately. He also joked about how CP3 “hypnotizes” him every time he tries to sub him out – 8:27 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Welcome back to The Valley, @Torrey Craig! 🏜️
#ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/kvoagVracN8:26 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Official: Torrey Craig, Aaron Holiday added, Jalen Smith traded. #Suns pic.twitter.com/N5tcNEdJZ38:22 PM

Wayne Cole @waynec0le
Washington make the trade with Phoenix official.
#ValleyProud | #DCAboveAll
Aaron Holiday 💰 Considerations – 8:21 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Thank you for being a part of The Valley, @Jalen Smith! pic.twitter.com/Nf07QX9yMs8:19 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Suns announce as part of their moves today that they have waived Abdel Nader – 8:19 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“It’s a tough day to release Jalen. You get emotionally tied to all these guys” – Monty Williams on the Suns trading Stix – 8:19 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Suns officially announce they’ve waived Abdel Nader as part of the Aaron Holiday trade and released Justin Jackson as well – 8:18 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Ibaka owns career averages of 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 27.8 minutes per game while shooting 51.3% from the field.
on.nba.com/34MbhPy8:18 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Thank you for being a part of The Valley, @Abdel Nader! pic.twitter.com/Fvj34EXWsL8:17 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
📰 OFFICIAL: We’ve completed a trade with Phoenix, acquiring cash considerations in exchange for guard Aaron Holiday.
#DCAboveAll | @FTX_Official8:17 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
It’s official.
@Serge Ibaka is a Buck. 😤 pic.twitter.com/QKx3B1ZZvh8:16 PM

Los Angeles Clippers @LAClippers
Welcome to LA, @Rodney Hood! pic.twitter.com/Ui1SMkHfZu8:13 PM

Andrew Greif @AndrewGreif
There it is: The Clippers’ trade today is now official.
In addition to Hood and Ojeleye, the Clippers are receiving *drum roll* the draft rights to Vanja Marinkovic.
The Clippers sent Sacramento draft rights to David Michineau and to Milwaukee, along with Serge Ibaka, cash. – 8:07 PM

James Ham @James_HamNBA
Kings officially announce acquisition of Donte DiVincenzo, Trey Lyles and Josh Jackson: pic.twitter.com/OUmzQtpAuh8:07 PM

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings
Kings Acquire Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles in Four-Team Deal
📝➡️ https://t.co/CL2byavEn1 pic.twitter.com/yTAJKiDNZo8:06 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Phoenix Suns: Potential buyout candidates to keep an eye on – https://t.co/f961TLhxMh via @PHNX_Suns pic.twitter.com/Lsc4K2C1Oy8:04 PM

Jason Anderson @JandersonSacBee
Kings formally announce trade for Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles. GM Monte McNair touts addition of shooting, defense and versatility. pic.twitter.com/PZ8UOol2Cf8:03 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The four-team deal featuring the Kings, Clippers, Pistons and Bucks (headlined by Marvin Bagley III) is now official. – 8:03 PM

Sean Cunningham @SeanCunningham
Kings officially announce the trade to send Marvin Bagley as part of the four-team deal to land Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles. As well as the release of Ramsey and Woodard. pic.twitter.com/aAMOhOyMD58:02 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Curious if a certain #Bucks minority owner might shoot across town to see the #midrange in person # pic.twitter.com/3KNcvIO2FG7:57 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
A finals rematch.
🎰 @paysbig pic.twitter.com/33vKWSY2927:57 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns Devin Booker and Chris Paul won’t be #NBAAllStar teammates in Cleveland azcentral.com/story/sports/n…7:54 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Trade deadline over and Pacers cap sheet updated, to the best of my knowledge with new contracts.
-Updated Buddy Hield’s numbers
-Jalen Smith in, Torrey Craig out
$964k shy of luxury tax. Almost certainly safe now, even if bonuses are reached. pic.twitter.com/ADm2kABLB57:52 PM

Pat Connaughton @pconnaughton
🩸… bigger than basketball 🙏🏼… @Donte DiVincenzo pic.twitter.com/h3oufW4ike7:46 PM

Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
🆕 @TheAthletic
The Clippers traded Serge Ibaka to Milwaukee, and while they ended up with the contracts of Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye, there’s an expectation that the team will be active in the buyout market for further potential upgrades.
theathletic.com/3123535/2022/0…7:40 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden has 0 margin for error in Philadelphia. He has not been able to make it work with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony & Dwight Howard.
The 76ers are Joel Embiid’s team. – 7:37 PM

Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Been a bit. 🔜 #Bucks @ #Suns pic.twitter.com/iUALbdRwKb7:20 PM

CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
2022 NBA All-Star Game Draft results: LeBron James takes Giannis Antetokounmpo first, James Harden picked last
cbssports.com/nba/news/2022-…7:17 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
The teams are set.
@Devin Booker will represent Team Durant and @Chris Paul will represent Team LeBron at #NBAAllStar. – 7:09 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Khris will suit up for #TeamDurant in the #NBAAllStar game!! pic.twitter.com/KuwTMqnb8s7:04 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
I asked Chris Paul about the All-Star Draft this morning at shootaround. He was part of the group in the player’s association that came up with the idea to make the game more engaging. He remembers when the draft wasn’t televised at first in the first year of doing it. 1/2 – 7:04 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
As they have often done with GM Jon Horst, the Bucks swung a midseason trade.
– What are the Bucks getting in Serge Ibaka?
– How does Ibaka fit with the Bucks?
– What happens when Brook Lopez returns?
A deep dive on the deal, at @TheAthletic: theathletic.com/3122879/2022/0…7:02 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
On the Suns winning on the margins with Torrey Craig and Aaron Holiday at the trade deadline, despite not hitting the Eric Gordon grand slam: bit.ly/3rIRKIZ7:02 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
James Harden is the very last pick of the All-Star Draft. Kevin Durant passed on him for Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, Dejounte Murray, Khris Middleton, LaMelo Ball and Rudy Gobert.
LeBron and Barkley laughed knowing what was happening 😂 – 7:00 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Giannis was selected to join #TeamLeBron for #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/G563jvWeUo7:00 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Nets’ Kevin Durant passed on 76ers’ James Harden in the 2022 NBA All-Star Game draft seven times, selecting (in order) Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, Dejounte Murray, Khris Middleton, LaMelo Ball and Rudy Gobert. Harden was left as the last pick. – 6:59 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
LeBron takes Chris Paul, which means it’s Devin Booker vs. CP3 & Monty Williams in the All-Star Game! – 6:57 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
And LeBron James drafts Chris Paul yet again in the All-Star Game draft.
That’s Chris Paul and Monty Williams vs. Devin Booker – 6:56 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
LeBron James drafts Chris Paul #Suns #NBAAllStar6:56 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Team LeBron All-Star Starting 5:
⭐️ LeBron James
⭐ Giannis Antetokounmpo
⭐ Steph Curry
⭐ DeMar DeRozan
⭐ Nikola Jokic
Team KD All-Star Starting 5:
⭐ Joel Embiid
⭐ Ja Morant
⭐ Jayson Tatum
⭐ Trae Young
⭐ Andrew Wiggins – 6:55 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
This means that Devin Booker will play AGAINST Monty Williams in the All-Star Game. That’ll be fun! – 6:55 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
KD takes Devin Booker first in the All-Star draft among the reserves – 6:54 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker is the first pick made in the draft for All-Star reserves. Big-time endorsement from Kevin Durant. – 6:54 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kevin Durant drafts Devin Booker. #Suns #NBAAllStar6:54 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns bring back Torrey Craig, trade Jalen Smith, add Aaron Holiday https://t.co/ENy3s5Ek07 via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/UiWjXnkxYU6:53 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic, Giannis and Steph on the same team for the all star game. 🤌🤌🤌 – 6:51 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Team LeBron
LeBron James
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Steph Curry
DeMar DeRozan
Nikola Jokic – 6:49 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Mildly interesting: LeBron has picked Giannis and Steph with the 1st and 3rd picks in back-to-back drafts. pic.twitter.com/7BXfGFyPpg6:48 PM

Rob Schaefer @rob_schaef
LeBron James drafts DeMar DeRozan to his All-Star team
Giannis, Steph Curry and Nikola Jokic make up rest of the starting five – 6:48 PM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
All-Star draft starters:
Team LeBron: Giannis
Team KD: Embiid
LB: Steph
KD: Morant
LB: DeRozan
KD: Tatum
LB: Jokic
KD: Trae
KD: Wiggins – 6:47 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
KD JUST GONNA LET LEBRON GET GIANNIS AND STEPH??? – 6:45 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
I went through a handful of clips from last postseason to show the value Torrey Craig brings to the Suns and provided my thoughts on a great trade for Phoenix: arizonasports.com/story/3015096/…6:40 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The NBA trade deadline is over, but that means it’s officially buyout season. The Suns would have to make 2 cuts to bring someone in, but here are a few targets for them to consider on the buyout market: https://t.co/f961TLz8DP pic.twitter.com/zgruqkpW3e6:28 PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
Pacers completed a third trade before the deadline, sending Torrey Craig back to the Suns, league sources told @FieldhouseFiles.
How it benefits everyone involved: fieldhousefiles.substack.com/p/pacers-trade…6:22 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Rally The Valley tonight with the @FDSportsbook #ValleyProud rally towel! pic.twitter.com/5OWixAw8uM6:20 PM

Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph
New NBA Championship odds from @CaesarsSports, where to me the Bucks, Grizzlies and Nuggets seem like the best bets from a value perspective. pic.twitter.com/JIBGQiRXnU6:03 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
Will the Bucks score more or less than 25.5 points in the 1st quarter?
📊 @betwayusa5:56 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Pregame shots before tonight.
@Verizon 5G Performance Center pic.twitter.com/r5LwYO9xJI5:41 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Analysis: Why is #Suns sharpshooter Cam Johnson not in 3-point contest? (w/videos) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral5:19 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
‘Worst team in the West’: #Suns guard Cameron Payne takes shot at #Lakers on chat (w/full audio of call as Payne joins with 32 minutes left) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral5:18 PM

Frank Madden @fmaddenNBA
I’m happy Jordan Nwora survived the trade deadline if for no other reason than I can imagine him doing this when Bud looks around the locker room trying to figure out who’s left from his bench wing rotation pic.twitter.com/4vVlbim10K5:08 PM

Milwaukee Bucks @Bucks
29 career triple-doubles & counting for the Greek Freak.
🔢 @wilottery pic.twitter.com/ccKHei1RqV4:53 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Talked with league sources about Abdel Nader. Was told they weren’t sure his status with #Suns.
With the reported trades, #Suns have 16 players, one more than 15-man roster. Ish Wainright is two-way, Justin Jackson 10-day. – 4:37 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I also loved what the Kings did today to get Donte DiVincenzo. Shooting has been down this year, but if that bounces back as he gets further away from his ankle injury, he’s the perfect kind of complementary piece for a Fox/Sabonis core. – 4:23 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
The Suns didn’t land Eric Gordon, but they still won the 2022 NBA trade deadline by operating on the margins. For @PHNX_Suns, I wrote about what the Torrey Craig and Aaron Holiday deals mean for Phoenix: https://t.co/tOvSyCu6Pj pic.twitter.com/FxWP5dAZ8s4:18 PM

Matt Steinmetz @SteinmetzNBA
If you put Jazz and/or Memphis in there I get it. Can’t see Utah getting past Warriors/Suns and can’t see Grizzlies running table. – 4:00 PM