Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/28

Game 1: Friday, January 28th
Game 2: Sunday, March 20th

Nuggets 106

(18-25, 6-16 away)

Bucks 100

(15-26, 10-10 home)

    Coverage: ALT

    7:30 PM ET, January 28, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 20 29 19 38106
    MIL 31 19 30 20100

    Top Performers

    Den: M. Camby 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Mil: D. Gadzuric 19 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Blk

    Denver (17-25) at Milwaukee (15-25) 8:30 pm EST

    MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- The George Karl era begins for the Denver Nuggets on Friday when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

    After a 4-10 stint under interim coach Michael Cooper, the Nuggets on Thursday hired Karl to a reported six-year deal.

    In an ironic twist, Karl's first game with Denver gives him a shot at the franchise that fired him in 2003. As coach of the Bucks from 1998-2003, Karl compiled a 205-173 record and led Milwaukee to four playoff berths.

    A veteran of 16 seasons as a coach with four different teams, Karl has his work cut out for him with the Nuggets, who are 5-18 since a four-game winning streak in early December.

    In Cooper's finale as interim coach Wednesday, Denver had its worst offensive output of the season in an 87-70 loss at Detroit.

    Earl Boykins scored 14 points but just two other Nuggets managed to reach double figures as the club shot 33 percent (26-of-78). Denver missed all five of its 3-point attempts and got a dismal performance from star forward Carmelo Anthony.

    Anthony's erratic, injury-filled season bottomed out with a season-low five points on 2-of-13 shooting. He scored 32 points in Tuesday's loss at Chicago.

    The Bucks had won three of four games before becoming the latest victim of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, dropping a 121-115 decision at home.

    Michael Redd scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack, but Milwaukee struggled defensively.

    The Nuggets have won the last three meetings between the teams.