PHOENIX -- The latest lopsided loss for the Milwaukee Bucks resulted in a bitter locker room argument between teammates Larry Sanders and Gary Neal.
The two were arguing after reporters were allowed in the locker room following the Bucks' 116-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at the US Airways Center.
Reporters were asked by players to leave but the argument continued and Neal left shouting, "I earned my money. Why don't you try it?"
Sanders earlier could be heard questioning Neal's attitude.
But Sanders said he would not comment about the argument and said simply, "I had a bad game."
It was the latest meltdown for a Bucks team that dropped to a 7-26 record as it lost for the second time in three games on its western swing.
And there were plenty of problems during the game as the Bucks committed a season-high 26 turnovers leading to 38 points by the Suns (20-12).
Bucks teammates did their best to downplay what was an ugly scene in the visitors' locker room.
"Oh no, we're good," Bucks guard O.J. Mayo said. "A little team bonding, that's all. A little kumbaya, man.
"It's all good. When things aren't going well, that's when the real men reveal their true colors. Are you a grinder? Are you going to roll your sleeves up and get it done?
"People handle it different ways. We're searching what do we need to do to get it going."
Gerald Green, starting in place of the injured Eric Bledsoe, led the Suns with 24 points and Channing Frye added 22. Goran Dragic had 15 points and six assists.
Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 25 points and eight assists while Mayo had 20 points and Caron Butler 16 off the bench.
"On the road it makes it real tough to win when you're just giving up points and giving up dunks," Knight said. "It's just a lack of focus, a lack of screening, a lack of getting open.
"It made our jobs a lot tougher than they had to be."
The Bucks got within 91-84 in the fourth quarter on a jumper by Mayo but the Suns responded, as they had all night.
Green sank a three-pointer and Markieff Morris scored six straight points in a 9-0 run that stretched the Suns' lead to 100-84 with 6:10 remaining.
Knight downplayed the incident in the locker room.
"It happens, especially when a team is struggling, even when a team is doing well," Knight said. "It may get heated sometimes, but what happened in here is nothing.
"It's guys talking about how we can improve. If we don't address it, we'll never improve. It may involve calling a teammate out.
"That's holding each other accountable. And that's what all good teams do. I didn't see today as bickering."
The Bucks committed 13 turnovers in the first half leading to 24 points by the Suns.
Phoenix was able to build a 58-38 lead before a late 11-2 run allowed the Bucks to close the gap to 60-49 at halftime.
Knight had 14 points and four assists in the half while Frye led the Suns with 14 points.
Dragic came out aggressively in the third quarter and scored 11 points as Phoenix spurted to an 82-59 lead.
But the Bucks fought back within 87-78 after three quarters.
A blocked shot by Butler led to a three-point play by Knight with 3.7 seconds left in the quarter, cutting the Bucks' deficit to nine points.
"We did some good things, but we have to develop a road mentality," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "You have to limit your turnovers. You have to rebound the basketball and be able to execute.
"It was the turnovers that really put us behind the 8-ball, turnovers that you can't even recover from. We had opportunity to put some things together, but you can't do it when you turn the ball over the way we did.
"That's not going to get it done, whether you play on the road, you play at home, you play in the Y League."
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