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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- WASHINGTON 23 21 22 29 95 MILWAUKEE 27 24 27 21 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 25, CHRIS WHITNEY 19, RICHARD HAMILTON 13 MIL - SAM CASSELL 23, GLENN ROBINSON 19, TWO PLAYERS WITH 17

HIGH REBOUND: WAS - JUWAN HOWARD 10, MICHAEL SMITH 9 MIL - TIM THOMAS 11, SCOTT WILLIAMS 9

HIGH ASSISTS: WAS - CHRIS WHITNEY 10, TYRONE NESBY 5 MIL - SAM CASSELL 7, TIM THOMAS 6

ATT: 13,397


Extended Box

WASHINGTON (95) AT MILWAUKEE (99)

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

HOWARD F 45 10-20 5-6 3 7 10 4 3 2 2 25 NESBY F 26 5-14 2-3 1 1 2 5 1 3 1 12 BOOTH C 16 2-4 1-2 0 5 5 1 1 1 0 5 LOPEZ G 28 4-8 0-0 2 5 7 2 0 0 2 8 C WHITNEY G 41 6-15 4-4 1 4 5 10 3 3 2 19 EKEZIE 14 1-3 3-4 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 5 HAMILTON 28 5-15 3-3 1 0 1 3 2 0 3 13 MICHAEL SMITH 25 2-3 0-0 3 6 9 1 3 3 2 4 KING 17 2-4 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 P JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION STRICKLAND DNP - LEFT SHOULDER TENDINITIS J WHITE DNP - MILD LEFT KNEE SPRAIN

TOTALS 240 37-86 18-24 13 29 42 26 14 12 13 95 (.430) (.750) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 13(7 PTS)

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

ROBINSON F 37 6-17 6-7 0 3 3 4 2 1 4 19 THOMAS F 41 3-9 2-2 3 8 11 6 3 1 2 8 S WILLIAMS C 20 5-10 0-0 2 7 9 1 2 1 1 10 ALLEN G 40 6-15 2-2 0 3 3 3 3 1 2 17 CASSELL G 37 9-13 4-6 0 4 4 7 3 0 4 23 JOHNSON 26 1-1 1-2 2 4 6 2 2 0 0 3 HUNTER 19 7-9 0-0 0 2 2 2 2 0 2 17 CAFFEY 20 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 2 4 1 1 2 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KERSEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-77 15-19 7 34 41 27 21 5 16 99 (.494) (.789) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 16(18 PTS)

WASHINGTON 23 21 22 29 - 95 MILWAUKEE 27 24 27 21 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: WASHINGTON - NESBY, HOWARD, HAMILTON, BOOTH, MICHAEL SMITH, EKEZIE. MILWAUKEE - ROBINSON 2, THOMAS, ALLEN, CAFFEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: WASHINGTON 3-15 (.200), NESBY 0-4, C WHITNEY 3-8, HAMILTON 0-3. MILWAUKEE 8-15 (.533), ROBINSON 1-1, THOMAS 0-2, ALLEN 3-6, CASSELL 1-1, HUNTER 3-5. TECHNICALS: WASHINGTON - HOWARD. OFFICIALS: JOE CRAWFORD, MIKE MATHIS, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 13,397. T - 2:04.


Box Score

WASHINGTON (95) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 45 10-20 5-6 3-10 4 3 25 Nesby 26 5-14 2-3 1-2 5 1 12 Booth 16 2-4 1-2 0-5 1 1 5 Lopez 28 4-8 0-0 2-7 2 0 8 C Whitney 41 6-15 4-4 1-5 10 3 19 Ekezie 14 1-3 3-4 2-3 0 0 5 Hamilton 28 5-15 3-3 1-1 3 2 13 Michael Smith 25 2-3 0-0 3-9 1 3 4 King 17 2-4 0-2 0-0 0 1 4 P Jones DNP - coach's decision Strickland DNP - left shoulder tendinitis J White DNP - mild left knee sprain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-86 18-24 13-42 26 14 95 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.430, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (Nesby 0-4, C Whitney 3-8, Hamilton 0-3). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Nesby, Howard, Hamilton, Booth, Michael Smith, Ekezie). Turnovers: 13 (Hamilton 3, C Whitney 2, Howard 2, Lopez 2, Michael Smith 2, King, Nesby). Steals: 12 (C Whitney 3, Michael Smith 3, Nesby 3, Howard 2, Booth).

MILWAUKEE (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 37 6-17 6-7 0-3 4 2 19 Thomas 41 3-9 2-2 3-11 6 3 8 S Williams 20 5-10 0-0 2-9 1 2 10 Allen 40 6-15 2-2 0-3 3 3 17 Cassell 37 9-13 4-6 0-4 7 3 23 Johnson 26 1-1 1-2 2-6 2 2 3 Hunter 19 7-9 0-0 0-2 2 2 17 Caffey 20 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 4 2 Alston DNP - coach's decision Kersey DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision Przybilla DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-77 15-19 7-41 27 21 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals: 8-15, .533 (Robinson 1-1, Thomas 0-2, Allen 3-6, Cassell 1-1, Hunter 3-5). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 5 (Robinson 2, Thomas, Allen, Caffey). Turnovers: 16 (Cassell 4, Robinson 4, Allen 2, Hunter 2, Thomas 2, Caffey, S Williams). Steals: 5 (Allen, Caffey, Robinson, S Williams, Thomas). ____________________________________________ Washington 23 21 22 29 - 95 Milwaukee 27 24 27 21 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Washington 1 (Howard, 11:26 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,397. T: 2:04. Officials: Joe Crawford, Mike Mathis, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Sam Cassell scored 23 points and Glenn Robinson added 19 as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the hapless Washington Wizards, 99-95, to end a two-game losing streak.

Trailing 78-66 entering the final period, the Wizards got within 90-89 on two foul shots by Chris Whitney with 3:04 left. But Robinson answered with a 14-footer and the Bucks never relinquished the lead.

Whitney hit a 19-footer to make it 95-93 with 43 seconds remaining before Robinson hit two from the line 18 seconds later. Juwan Howard converted a pair of free throws to pull Washington within 97-95, but Ray Allen made two more foul shots with eight seconds to play to clinch the victory.

"It was a game we had to have," Robinson said. "This was a tough one, but we pulled it out. They're playing better than they were earlier in the season, but we've just got to keep playing. You have good games and you have bad games, but you have to keep playing hard."

"It's just great to win at home against teams under .500," Allen added. "But we've got to do it in a better fashion than we did tonight."

Howard scored 25 points and Whitney 19 for the Wizards, who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12 games.

"We haven't folded at all this season," Whitney said. "The guys in the locker room will continue to fight. If we keep improving, this team will win some basketball games. We need to get some wins now."

The Bucks got back on track with a much better defensive effort after allowing an average of 119.5 points in back-to-back losses at Portland and Vancouver.

Milwaukee shot 49 percent (38-of-77) from the field while holding Washington to 43 percent (37-of-88). The Bucks also featured a balanced attack as five players reached double figures. Allen and Lindsey Hunter contributed 17 apiece and Scott Williams added 10.

Still, Bucks coach George Karl was not pleased his team let the Wizards stay in the game down the stretch.

"Coming back from the West Coast, maybe we didn't have our legs," he said. "We had a 12-point lead and we gave it back in two minutes. We're fortunate we were playing against a team that doesn't have a lot of firepower."

Richard Hamilton scored 13 points off the bench and Tyrone Nesby added 12 for the Wizards, who suffered their seventh straight road loss to drop to 3-17 away from home this season.

"My guys stayed focused tonight," Washington coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I'm hoping we can break through and get a win on the road to boost our confidence a little bit. We just ran into a team that had a hot hand tonight."

Washington took a 22-18 lead on Obinna Ekezie's dunk with 2:42 left in the first quarter, but the Bucks finished the period with a 9-1 spurt and never trailed thereafter. Milwaukee built a 12-point cushion in the second quarter before settling for a 51-44 halftime edge.

"We're making plays down the stretch," Karl said, "but I don't see us playing 48 minutes of basketball. There's always something with this team. One game we don't pass, the next we don't defend, then we don't shoot."

Milwaukee scored just six points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the final quarter, allowing Washington to close to 84-83 on Whitney's 3-pointer with 5:27 left. Three times, the Wizards closed within a point in the final minutes.

"I was very proud of my team tonight," Leonard Hamilton said. "We just couldn't get over the top and win the ballgame. If we continue to play with that type of spirit, something good is going to happen."

Wizards point guard Rod Strickland, who was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with driving under the influence, did not play due to tendinitis in his left shoulder.

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