MILWAUKEE - Suns coach Mike D'Antoni had a deeper bench from which to draw Wednesday night. But the well is still dry when it comes to producing victories.
Milwaukee used an 11-0 run late in the third period to erase a six-point Suns lead and record a 95-87 win at the Bradley Center.
Phoenix, which finished its road trip 0-4, wasn't able to regroup in the fourth period despite a season-high 25 points from Joe Johnson.
“We just got into a stretch where we missed some shots and settled for jumpers," D'Antoni said. “We really don't have an offense (where) everybody knows we can get into something easy." The Suns also failed to push the ball on the fast break despite much cajoling from the coaching staff. “I think we did it one time tonight," D'Antoni said. Wednesday marked the Suns debuts of point guard Howard Eisley and forward Maciej Lampe. Lampe did not see action.
It also marked the return of forward Antonio McDyess, who played the 1997-98 season with the Suns.
McDyess had four points in 21 minutes while Eisley was just 1-of-9 from the floor for two points as the pair struggled to fit into a new offense.
“(Howard) didn't know what to run and he was caught dribbling the ball around a little bit because we didn't know what to get in," D'Antoni said. “The guy can shoot but he didn't know where his shots were going to come from so it's kind of natural."
Johnson had no trouble finding his shots Wednesday. Two days earlier he had talked about being more aggressive at both ends of the floor and he displayed that against the Bucks.
“I've been working on my shot — just go out and not think it," Johnson said. “I was just trying to come out and get guys involved in the game, get us into a good flow and then get myself involved."
Michael Redd led the Bucks with 23 points while Desmond Mason had 17 off the bench.
One game after recording a season-high in points, Phoenix guard Leandro Barbosa had 16 points — including four 3-pointers — but added six turnovers.