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NBA MILWAUKEE AT BOSTON NOTE: FINAL BOX RE-SENT TO CHANGE BOSTONS' POINTS OFF TURNOVERS.


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MILWAUKEE (88) AT BOSTON (79)

MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GATLING F 20 3-8 2-4 5 3 8 0 2 1 0 8 THOMAS F 22 2-9 0-1 1 1 2 1 3 1 3 4 TRAYLOR C 19 2-6 0-0 3 4 7 0 4 1 1 4 ALLEN G 43 9-17 5-5 0 3 3 5 5 1 4 26 WORKMAN G 28 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 4 0 1 2 2 M CURRY 30 4-7 2-2 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 10 DEL NEGRO 24 2-4 0-0 0 5 5 1 0 3 0 5 GILLIAM 23 3-8 6-8 1 7 8 0 2 0 2 12 JOHNSON 9 1-1 2-2 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 4 CASSELL 22 5-16 3-3 2 0 2 2 1 1 3 13 ROBINSON DNP - INJURED RIGHT KNEE WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-77 20-25 15 28 43 14 18 11 16 88 (.416) (.800) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(16 PTS)

BOSTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BATTIE F 41 4-8 3-4 3 10 13 0 2 1 1 11 PIERCE F 38 5-18 2-2 2 2 4 5 3 2 5 14 POTAPENKO C 28 4-6 6-7 4 3 7 2 6 0 4 14 BARROS G 35 4-11 0-0 1 1 2 4 2 1 4 12 MERCER G 43 9-20 3-3 1 5 6 2 0 2 4 21 GARNETT 6 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 D JONES 13 0-4 0-0 1 4 5 3 0 2 1 0 MCCARTY 31 2-7 2-2 0 4 4 1 4 0 0 7 RILEY 5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 MINOR DNP - RIGHT HIP FRACTURE SCHINTZIUS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WALKER DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 28-75 16-18 12 30 42 17 21 8 19 79 (.373) (.889) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20(23 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 19 24 28 17 - 88 BOSTON 30 19 16 14 - 79

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - GILLIAM 3, DEL NEGRO. BOSTON - BATTIE 4, POTAPENKO, PIERCE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 4-11 (.364), THOMAS 0-2, ALLEN 3-7, DEL NEGRO 1-2. BOSTON 7-22 (.318), PIERCE 2-6, BARROS 4-8, MERCER 0-2, D JONES 0-2, MCCARTY 1-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: MIKE MATHIS, KEN MAUER, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 18,089. T - 2:02.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gatling 20 3-8 2-4 5-8 0 2 8 Thomas 22 2-9 0-1 1-2 1 3 4 Traylor 19 2-6 0-0 3-7 0 4 4 Allen 43 9-17 5-5 0-3 5 5 26 Workman 28 1-1 0-0 0-2 4 0 2 M Curry 30 4-7 2-2 1-3 1 1 10 Del Negro 24 2-4 0-0 0-5 1 0 5 Gilliam 23 3-8 6-8 1-8 0 2 12 Johnson 9 1-1 2-2 2-3 0 0 4 Cassell 22 5-16 3-3 2-2 2 1 13 Robinson DNP - injured right knee Williams DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-77 20-25 15-43 14 18 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.416, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Thomas 0-2, Allen 3-7, Del Negro 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Gilliam 3, Del Negro). Turnovers: 16 (Allen 4, Cassell 3, Thomas 3, Gilliam 2, Workman 2, M Curry, Traylor). Steals: 11 (Del Negro 3, Allen, Cassell, Gatling, Johnson, M Curry, Thomas, Traylor, Workman).

BOSTON (79) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 41 4-8 3-4 3-13 0 2 11 Pierce 38 5-18 2-2 2-4 5 3 14 Potapenko 28 4-6 6-7 4-7 2 6 14 Barros 35 4-11 0-0 1-2 4 2 12 Mercer 43 9-20 3-3 1-6 2 0 21 Garnett 6 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 D Jones 13 0-4 0-0 1-5 3 0 0 Mccarty 31 2-7 2-2 0-4 1 4 7 Riley 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0 Minor DNP - right hip fracture Schintzius DNP - coach's decision Walker DNP - sprained left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 28-75 16-18 12-42 17 21 79 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.889. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Pierce 2-6, Barros 4-8, Mercer 0-2, D Jones 0-2, Mccarty 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Battie 4, Potapenko, Pierce). Turnovers: 20 (Pierce 5, Barros 4, Mercer 4, Potapenko 4, Battie, D Jones). Steals: 8 (D Jones 2, Mercer 2, Pierce 2, Barros, Battie). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 19 24 28 17 - 88 Boston 30 19 16 14 - 79 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,089. T: 2:02. Officials: Mike Mathis, Ken Mauer, (michael Smith.


Game Story

BOSTON (Ticker) -- As Sam Casell returned from a six-week absence, Armen Gilliam helped the Milwaukee Bucks forget that star forward Glenn Robinson was absent for the first time this season.

Gilliam scored nine of his 12 points in the final 5:35, helping fill in for the injured Robinson, and Cassell contributed 13 points in his return to the lineup as the Bucks notched an 88-79 victory over the Boston Celtics.

Ray Allen collected 26 points to pace the Bucks, who halted a seven-game road losing streak and moved within one win of clinching their first playoff berth since 1991. Milwaukee (27-21) is one-half game behind Detroit and Philadelphia for fifth place in the Eastern Conference and 1 1/2 games in front of eighth-place New York.

Robinson, who averages a team-high 18.7 points per game, hyperextended his right knee in Friday's loss to Detroit. An MRI this afternoon revealed a deep bone bruise and he is listed as day-to-day.

"If we make it in (the playoffs), if we clinch, I don't think you're gonna see Glenn until the playoffs," Karl said.

Gilliam had played just 11 minutes through the first three periods but was on the floor for the entire fourth quarter and provided a huge lift offensively and defensively. He grabbed six of his eight rebounds and had all three of his blocked shots over the final 12 minutes.

"We knew Glenn was out, we knew Dell (Curry) was out. As a team, we needed to be very focused tonight," Gilliam said. "The difference I provided was my defense in that fourth quarter."

Expected to be Terrell Brandon's replacement at point guard after being acquired from New Jersey on March 11, Cassell came off the bench to play 22 minutes and shoot 5-of-16 from the field. He added two assists, two rebounds and a steal in his first game since March 21, when he aggravated an ankle injury.

"I'm a little rusty and a little sore, but I'm glad to be back," Cassell said. "I definitely wouldn't be playing if Glenn and Dell were in the lineup. I'd shut it down."

"I think he'll be all right," Karl said of Cassell. "Tonight, he showed a flare for the game that really helped us."

Milwaukee was also without reserve guard Dell Curry, who leads the NBA in 3-point shooting at 47 percent. He was placed on the injured list earlier in the day with lower back spasms after playing just four minutes Friday. Curry is expected to be back for the postseason.

Ron Mercer scored 21 points for the Celtics, who lost all three meetings this season with the Bucks. On Thursday, Boston completed a three-game season series sweep of the Eastern Conference-leading Miami Heat.

"We still haven't learned our lesson. If we don't score, we let it affect the rest of our game," said Boston coach Rick Pitino. "We just deflate too much. It's still a sign of youth or inexperience."

Dana Barros buried a 3-pointer that pulled Boston within 73-71 with 9:09 to play. Allen hit a jumper and Gilliam blocked rookie Paul Pierce before hitting two free throws for a 77-71 lead with 5:35 left.

Just 80 seconds later, Gilliam sank two more free throws and again blocked Pierce inside. That led to a driving dunk for Michael Curry as the Bucks built an 83-73 lead.

Barros later buried another 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 84-76 with 2:45 to go, but Gilliam responded with a 14-footer. A minute later, Pierce converted a three-point play to slice the margin to 86-79, and Gilliam came back with a hook shot that sealed the win.

Milwaukee committed 14 turnovers by halftime, when it trailed, 49-43. The Bucks turned it over just twice in the second half, when Boston committed 11 of its 20 turnovers.

"They went out, played great defense in the second half and we turned the ball over," Mercer said. "They're fighting for the playoffs and they just went out and played hard, even though they don't have their star player."

The Celtics were in control early, with Mercer's dunk capping a a 10-0 burst that built a 26-10 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter. Milwaukee trailed 30-19 at the end of the period but began to come back in the second. Cassell converted a three-point play that pulled the Bucks within 34-28 midway through the quarter.

Milwaukee took its first lead by scoring the first nine points of the third. Allen highlighted that spurt with one of his three 3-pointers and Robert Traylor's layup made it 52-49.

Pierce, who scored 14 points, ended Boston's drought with a 3-pointer, but Allen answered with one of his own and hit a layup as the Bucks took the lead for good. Allen scored eight points in the period, helping Milwaukee to a 71-65 lead.

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