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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 26 22 24 24 96 MILWAUKEE 21 28 24 31 104 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - TIM HARDAWAY 25, ANTHONY MASON 18, BRIAN GRANT 15 MIL - GLENN ROBINSON 27, SAM CASSELL 17, LINDSEY HUNTER 17

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 8, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7 MIL - ERVIN JOHNSON 13, JASON CAFFEY 11

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ANTHONY MASON 9, TIM HARDAWAY 7 MIL - RAY ALLEN 8, SAM CASSELL 7

ATT: 18,574


Extended Box

MIAMI (96) AT MILWAUKEE (104)

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

BOWEN F 45 3-12 1-2 2 5 7 3 5 2 0 8 MASON F 42 7-13 4-4 1 7 8 9 3 0 4 18 GRANT C 32 7-15 1-2 3 4 7 0 3 0 1 15 HARDAWAY G 42 10-24 1-2 0 4 4 7 1 2 2 25 MAJERLE G 35 3-8 0-0 2 2 4 4 0 1 1 8 MOURNING 19 4-8 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 8 HOUSE 15 3-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 8 CEBALLOS 6 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 GREEN 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 CARTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION DAVIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-89 8-12 9 27 36 26 22 5 9 96 (.438) (.667) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9(4 PTS)

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

HAM F 17 2-2 2-2 1 2 3 1 4 1 2 6 ROBINSON F 39 12-19 2-2 2 5 7 1 1 0 2 27 JOHNSON C 33 0-2 1-2 4 9 13 0 3 0 0 1 ALLEN G 39 3-12 6-7 2 6 8 8 1 3 1 13 CASSELL G 38 6-18 5-6 0 3 3 7 2 0 7 17 CAFFEY 24 3-5 3-4 5 6 11 1 0 2 0 9 HUNTER 25 6-14 1-2 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 17 THOMAS 21 4-6 4-4 0 4 4 2 1 0 0 14 POPE 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION S WILLIAMS DNP - SORE RIGHT KNEE

TOTALS 240 36-78 24-29 14 37 51 21 15 8 12 104 (.462) (.828) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 13(16 PTS)

MIAMI 26 22 24 24 - 96 MILWAUKEE 21 28 24 31 - 104

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MAJERLE. MILWAUKEE - JOHNSON 4, CAFFEY, HAM, THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 10-29 (.345), BOWEN 1-8, HARDAWAY 4-13, MAJERLE 2-4, HOUSE 2-2, CEBALLOS 1-2. MILWAUKEE 8-18 (.444), ROBINSON 1-3, ALLEN 1-5, CASSELL 0-2, HUNTER 4-6, THOMAS 2-2. TECHNICALS: MIAMI - HEAD COACH RILEY. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, MIKE SMITH, JOE CRAWFORD. A - 18,574. T - 2:02.


Box Score

MIAMI (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Bowen 45 3-12 1-2 2-7 3 5 8 Mason 42 7-13 4-4 1-8 9 3 18 Grant 32 7-15 1-2 3-7 0 3 15 Hardaway 42 10-24 1-2 0-4 7 1 25 Majerle 35 3-8 0-0 2-4 4 0 8 Mourning 19 4-8 0-0 1-6 1 2 8 House 15 3-5 0-0 0-0 2 5 8 Ceballos 6 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 1 6 Green 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Carter DNP - coach's decision Causwell DNP - coach's decision Davis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-89 8-12 9-36 26 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 10-29, .345 (Bowen 1-8, Hardaway 4-13, Majerle 2-4, House 2-2, Ceballos 1-2). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 1 (Majerle). Turnovers: 9 (Mason 4, Hardaway 2, Grant, Majerle, Mourning). Steals: 5 (Bowen 2, Hardaway 2, Majerle).

MILWAUKEE (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Ham 17 2-2 2-2 1-3 1 4 6 Robinson 39 12-19 2-2 2-7 1 1 27 Johnson 33 0-2 1-2 4-13 0 3 1 Allen 39 3-12 6-7 2-8 8 1 13 Cassell 38 6-18 5-6 0-3 7 2 17 Caffey 24 3-5 3-4 5-11 1 0 9 Hunter 25 6-14 1-2 0-2 1 1 17 Thomas 21 4-6 4-4 0-4 2 1 14 Pope 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Alston DNP - coach's decision Przybilla DNP - coach's decision S Williams DNP - sore right knee _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-78 24-29 14-51 21 15 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.828. 3-Point Goals: 8-18, .444 (Robinson 1-3, Allen 1-5, Cassell 0-2, Hunter 4-6, Thomas 2-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 7 (Johnson 4, Caffey, Ham, Thomas). Turnovers: 13 (Cassell 7, Ham 2, Robinson 2, Allen). Steals: 8 (Allen 3, Caffey 2, Ham, Hunter, Pope). ____________________________________________ Miami 26 22 24 24 - 96 Milwaukee 21 28 24 31 - 104 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Miami 1 (Head Coach Riley, 7:53 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,574. T: 2:02. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Mike Smith, Joe Crawford.


Game Story

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- If the Miami Heat miss out on the third spot in the Eastern Conference, they can blame Sam Cassell.

After he nailed a last-second 3-pointer to defeat Miami earlier this season, Cassell scored six points in the final 40 seconds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 104-96 victory over the Heat, who reamined tied with New York for the No. 3 spot in the East.

Overall, Cassell struggled, scoring 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting and committing seven turnovers. But he sank the biggest shot of the game with 38 seconds left and made 4-of-4 foul shots down the stretch to seal the win and give Milwaukee a five-game lead atop the Central Divison.

Glenn Robinson scored 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting. Lindsey Hunter added 17 points, Tim Thomas 14 and Jason Caffey nine and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who crept within four games of Philadelphia for the top spot in the East.

"We had huge lifts from Lindsey, Timmy and Caffey," said Milwaukee coach George Karl, who coached his first game since the two-year contract extension that made him the highest paid coach in professional sports. "The Dog (Robinson) made some unbelievably tough shots and defensively we made some huge stops down the stretch."

The Bucks shot 46 percent (36-of-78) and made 8-of-18 3-pointers en route to becoming the first Eastern Conference team to score 100 points against Miami twice this season.

The Heat had an 87-81 lead with six minutes to go, but the Bucks climbed back and took the lead for good at 96-94 with 2:05 left on a fallaway jumper by Robinson as the shot clock ran down.

The teams traded empty possessions, giving the Heat another opportunity to tie the game. Milwaukee regained control after Ervin Johnson blocked a dunk attempt by Brian Grant and the stage was set for Cassell's heroics.

Allen misfired on a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left but was able to get his own rebound and fed it to Cassell, who drove to the left baseline, pulled up and nailed a 15-foot jumper over Tim Hardaway.

"It's not an easy shot," he admitted. "But I practice those a lot and it pays off."

The Heat failed to score on the other end and Cassell hit the first of two pairs of free throws that would put the game out of reach.

Miami's Alonzo Mourning played 19 minutes and had eight points and six rebounds in his second game back from the kidney disorder that was expected to keep him sidelined for the entire season.

"We need to live in the present and not the past," Mourning said. "This is our team now, we cannot dwell on my return. It's playoff time and no one cares who the Heat have in their starting lineup. Teams are going to come after us no matter who we put on the court."

Mourning was not much help as the Heat shot 43 percent (39-of-89), made just 8-of-12 from the line and were heavily outrebounded, 51-36.

"We don't win the rebounding-free throw battle often, but tonight we did," Karl said. "That was a huge win because now we have the tiebreaker on Miami. We knew this would be a playoff-type game, so this is very big."

Much has been made of what Mourning will add to the Heat but they are 0-2 since his return.

"Our defense and rebounding is pathetic right now," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "No one is taking pride in trying to stop people. I stress it but it goes in one ear and out the other. We can't guard anybody right now and we won't win a game until we do."

"Coach has a right to be angered," Mourning said. "We are the Miami Heat and we take pride in our defense. This team needs to play with attitude."

Hardaway had 25 points and seven assists but made just 10-of-24 shots, including 4-of-13 3-pointers. Grant scored 15 points and Anthony Mason narrowly missed his first triple-double of the season with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

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