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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 26 23 27 26 102 DETROIT 33 17 24 24 98 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 26, SAM CASSELL 20, RAY ALLEN 17 DET - DANA BARROS 22, CHUCKY ATKINS 19, MICHAEL CURRY 17

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 8, SCOTT WILLIAMS 8 DET - BEN WALLACE 13, JOE SMITH 12

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 7, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DET - MICHAEL CURRY 8, DANA BARROS 4

ATT: 13,357


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (102) AT DETROIT (98)

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

ROBINSON F 40 9-19 8-8 1 7 8 4 3 0 0 26 S WILLIAMS F 23 3-10 0-0 4 4 8 0 3 1 1 6 POPE C 15 4-6 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 8 ALLEN G 38 6-10 3-4 0 4 4 4 3 2 4 17 CASSELL G 34 9-15 2-2 0 3 3 7 2 1 1 20 HUNTER 24 3-9 0-0 1 3 4 2 0 2 0 7 THOMAS 30 6-15 2-4 1 3 4 1 1 1 2 14 JOHNSON 14 1-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 4 0 0 2 CAFFEY 22 1-3 0-2 3 0 3 0 2 0 0 2 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION KERSEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-91 15-20 13 28 41 18 19 7 8 102 (.462) (.750) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 8(13 PTS)

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

CURRY F 34 6-11 4-4 0 0 0 8 2 2 2 17 SMITH F 25 5-10 5-8 4 8 12 0 5 0 1 15 B WALLACE C 35 3-5 3-8 2 11 13 1 2 0 1 9 ATKINS G 43 6-18 3-4 0 3 3 2 2 2 3 19 CLEAVES G 10 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 BARROS 38 10-15 0-0 0 4 4 4 3 0 2 22 M MOORE 23 3-4 1-2 2 7 9 2 2 0 1 7 OWENS 14 1-3 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 J WALLACE 15 2-4 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 5 BUECHLER 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 MONTROSS DNP - COACH'S DECISION STACKHOUSE DNP - FLU

TOTALS 240 37-72 17-28 8 35 43 21 20 4 15 98 (.514) (.607) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15(12 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 26 23 27 26 - 102 DETROIT 33 17 24 24 - 98

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - ROBINSON, THOMAS, S WILLIAMS. DETROIT - M MOORE 2, J WALLACE 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 3-12 (.250), ROBINSON 0-2, ALLEN 2-4, HUNTER 1-4, THOMAS 0-2. DETROIT 7-13 (.538), CURRY 1-1, ATKINS 4-8, BARROS 2-4. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, JASON PHILLIPS. A - 13,357. T - 2:07.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Robinson 40 9-19 8-8 1-8 4 3 26 S Williams 23 3-10 0-0 4-8 0 3 6 Pope 15 4-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 8 Allen 38 6-10 3-4 0-4 4 3 17 Cassell 34 9-15 2-2 0-3 7 2 20 Hunter 24 3-9 0-0 1-4 2 0 7 Thomas 30 6-15 2-4 1-4 1 1 14 Johnson 14 1-4 0-0 2-5 0 4 2 Caffey 22 1-3 0-2 3-3 0 2 2 Alston DNP - coach's decision Kersey DNP - coach's decision Przybilla DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-91 15-20 13-41 18 19 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals: 3-12, .250 (Robinson 0-2, Allen 2-4, Hunter 1-4, Thomas 0-2). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 3 (Robinson, Thomas, S Williams). Turnovers: 8 (Allen 4, Thomas 2, Cassell, S Williams). Steals: 7 (Allen 2, Hunter 2, Cassell, S Williams, Thomas).

DETROIT (98) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Curry 34 6-11 4-4 0-0 8 2 17 Smith 25 5-10 5-8 4-12 0 5 15 B Wallace 35 3-5 3-8 2-13 1 2 9 Atkins 43 6-18 3-4 0-3 2 2 19 Cleaves 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 Barros 38 10-15 0-0 0-4 4 3 22 M Moore 23 3-4 1-2 2-9 2 2 7 Owens 14 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 J Wallace 15 2-4 1-2 0-1 1 0 5 Buechler 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2 Montross DNP - coach's decision Stackhouse DNP - flu _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-72 17-28 8-43 21 20 98 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.514, FT-.607. 3-Point Goals: 7-13, .538 (Curry 1-1, Atkins 4-8, Barros 2-4). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 4 (M Moore 2, J Wallace 2). Turnovers: 15 (Atkins 3, Barros 2, Cleaves 2, Curry 2, J Wallace 2, B Wallace, M Moore, Owens, Smith). Steals: 4 (Atkins 2, Curry 2). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 26 23 27 26 - 102 Detroit 33 17 24 24 - 98 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 13,357. T: 2:07. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, Jason Phillips.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons did not look like they needed Jerry Stackhouse until crunch time, when the Milwaukee Bucks made all the big shots.

Sam Cassell and Ray Allen made big baskets down the stretch and the Bucks took advantage of the absence of Stackhouse for their seventh straight win, a 102-98 victory over the Pistons.

Stackhouse, the NBA's leading scorer at 30.1 points per game, was sidelined with the flu. The Pistons do not have another consistent offensive option so they resorted to a team effort and it almost worked.

"I can't ask for anymore from the team. I thought we did a terrific job of competing," Pistons coach George Irvine said.

"They changed their personality a great deal without Stackhouse," Bucks coach George Karl said. "They played real loose and very aggressive. The players had a loose mentality going, which is very hard to beat on the road, so I can't be unhappy."

Dana Barros scored 22 points and Michael Curry added 17 -- both season highs -- for Detroit, which pulled into an 89-89 tie with just under 4 1/2 minutes to go.

"Jerry's our mainstay, so we knew somebody was going to have to step up," Barros said. "You're always going to have injuries but you have to be ready to overcome them and I think we did tonight."

However, the Bucks have three offensive options and each stepped up down the stretch. Cassell made a jumper that gave the Bucks the lead for good and fed Allen for a 3-pointer and a 94-89 lead with 3:16 remaining.

"Between me, Ray and Tim (Thomas), we have so many guys that can make important baskets," Cassell said.

Cassell overlooked Glenn Robinson, who scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Cassell added 20, Allen 17 and Thomas 14 as the Bucks (25-15) moved 10 games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 1990-91 season.

"It feels good to be in first place," Robinson said. "We've been building this team for years and now we finally got a chance to be in first place. Hopefully, we could hold it, hopefully we could keep improving and get better as a team."

After Cassell and Allen made their shots, the Bucks did not score for nearly two minutes. But the Pistons missed five shots and two free throws during that stretch, inching within 94-91 on two free throws by Joe Smith.

"Things are not going our way," Pistons center Mikki Moore said. "You get down to the last few minutes and we were neck and neck and made some mistakes and gave the game away."

Cassell answered with a tough turnaround jumper from the left baseline with 1:22 to go. Barros made a jumper and Detroit's Chucky Atkins had a chance to tie it but missed a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left.

Thomas made a short jumper in the lane with 20 seconds to play and Allen sank two free throws with 7.9 seconds left after Curry hit his first 3-pointer of the season. Detroit's John Wallace made a layup, but Robinson took a touch pass from Cassell and went the length of the court for a dunk at the buzzer.

The Bucks shot 46 percent (42-of-91), made 15-of-20 free throws and grabbed 41 rebounds. They were outdone in each category by the Pistons but still found a way to win.

"We're trying to become a winning team," Cassell said. "That's what winning teams do. This wasn't our best ballgame but it's a win."

"I don't know why we win when we don't play good," Karl said. "We didn't play good tonight but we beat a team that played awfully hard and we did what we had to do."

Chucky Atkins started for Stackhouse and scored 19 points. Smith added 15 and 12 rebounds and Ben Wallace nine and 13 for the Pistons, who shot 51 percent (37-of-72) and made 17-of-28 free throws but committed 15 turnovers.

"We had a chance to win and that's all you can ask for," Irvine said. "Like I said, after most of the games in this homestand, when we're playing a great game like that, we have to play both really hard and at a very high level. That's when missing key free throws and turning the ball over will hurt you."

"We played hard and I thought we played pretty well, but we got beat by the little things," Atkins said. "We missed some free throws and we gave up second shots that really hurt."

Atkins scored 13 points in the first quarter as Detroit bolted to a 33-26 lead. Milwaukee cut the deficit to 50-49 at halftime and took a 76-74 lead after three quarters.

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