Bucks down ThunderApr 18, 2013 - 6:04 AM Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - John Henson posted 28 points and 16 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks took a 95-89 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the final game of the regular season.
Brandon Jennings added 17 points and Mike Dunleavy scored 14 for the Bucks (38-44), who snapped a five-game losing streak and as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, will face the task of taking on the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs starting on Sunday.
"It's always nice to end the season with a win but the important thing is that we're going into the playoffs healthy," said Milwaukee head coach Scott Skiles.
Oklahoma City (60-22) came into the game as the top seed in the Western Conference and will face the Houston Rockets, who lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime on Wednesday. That series is set to start on Sunday.
Reggie Jackson had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Thunder, who had won seven of eight coming into the game. Perry Jones had 14 points.
"We just need to focus on what we have ahead in the playoffs," said Jackson. "I thought we played good tonight and we're able to get some of the other guys some time who didn't get much lately."
Thanks in part to scoring the first seven points of the game, the Thunder held a 30-21 lead after the first period and continued to run in front in the first half, though the Bucks trimmed their deficit to 51-45 going into the break.
An 11-0 run late in the third quarter allowed Milwaukee to tie the game at 68-68 after Ish Smith hit a 3-pointer late in the frame, but Jackson's bucket put the Thunder up by two going into the final quarter.
The Bucks then ripped off an 18-4 run to start the fourth quarter, with Henson's bucket giving the team an 86-74 lead with just over six minutes to play.
Oklahoma City never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Milwaukee is in the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season, while Oklahoma City is hoping to repeat as the Western Conference champions ... The Thunder won both matchups with the Bucks this season ... Milwaukee shot 42.4 percent for the game, while Oklahoma City made 41.6 percent of its field goal attempts.
- MILWAUKEE: 95
OKLAHOMA CITY: 89
Apr 17 10:08 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 68
OKLAHOMA CITY: 70
End of 3rd
Apr 17 9:38 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 45
OKLAHOMA CITY: 51
Apr 17 9:00 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 21
OKLAHOMA CITY: 30
End of 1st
Apr 17 8:35 PM
- MILWAUKEE: 0
OKLAHOMA CITY: 0
1st Quarter - 11:41
Apr 17 8:12 PM
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