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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 25 24 25 23 97 MIAMI 27 25 27 20 99 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - RAY ALLEN 30, SAM CASSELL 18, TIM THOMAS 18 MIA - EDDIE JONES 23, ALONZO MOURNING 21, JIMMY JACKSON 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - SAM CASSELL 9, ANTHONY MASON 6 MIA - ALONZO MOURNING 10, TWO PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 8, GLENN ROBINSON 6 MIA - ROD STRICKLAND 7, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 15,321


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (97) AT MIAMI (99)

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

MASON F 41 3-7 5-7 1 5 6 4 3 1 1 11 ROBINSON F 41 6-16 0-0 0 4 4 6 4 4 4 12 PRZYBILLA C 11 2-2 0-2 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 4 ALLEN G 40 10-14 5-5 1 4 5 1 4 1 1 30 CASSELL G 41 5-17 8-8 2 7 9 8 2 3 4 18 JOHNSON 17 0-1 1-2 2 2 4 1 3 0 0 1 THOMAS 28 5-13 6-7 0 2 2 1 4 0 1 18 REDD 8 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 HAM 13 1-1 1-3 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 3 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION CAFFEY DNP - STRAINED LEFT HIP FLEXOR POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-73 26-34 7 25 32 22 26 10 12 97 (.438) (.765) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 12(9 PTS)

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

GRANT F 30 1-5 4-4 1 6 7 3 4 1 2 6 JACKSON F 42 6-13 3-4 5 2 7 3 3 1 4 16 MOURNING C 35 8-12 5-10 1 9 10 1 2 0 1 21 JONES G 40 8-17 5-6 2 4 6 3 5 0 3 23 STRICKLAND G 23 2-2 0-0 0 2 2 7 3 0 1 4 GATLING 12 2-5 2-2 2 2 4 0 1 1 4 6 CARTER 26 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 3 2 1 0 8 STEPANIA 4 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 ELLIS 28 4-8 4-5 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 13 HOUSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION MACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION MARKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 36-73 23-31 12 32 44 21 24 4 15 99 (.493) (.742) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15(19 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 25 24 25 23 - 97 MIAMI 27 25 27 20 - 99

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - PRZYBILLA 3, HAM, JOHNSON. MIAMI - MOURNING 2, ELLIS 2, GRANT, STEPANIA. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 7-18 (.389), ROBINSON 0-1, ALLEN 5-7, CASSELL 0-5, THOMAS 2-5. MIAMI 4-9 (.444), JACKSON 1-1, JONES 2-4, CARTER 0-2, ELLIS 1-2. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: NOLAN FINE, TONY BROTHERS, ED F RUSH. A - 15,321. T - 2:15.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 41 3-7 5-7 1-6 4 3 11 Robinson 41 6-16 0-0 0-4 6 4 12 Przybilla 11 2-2 0-2 0-0 0 5 4 Allen 40 10-14 5-5 1-5 1 4 30 Cassell 41 5-17 8-8 2-9 8 2 18 Johnson 17 0-1 1-2 2-4 1 3 1 Thomas 28 5-13 6-7 0-2 1 4 18 Redd 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ham 13 1-1 1-3 1-2 1 1 3 Alston DNP - coach's decision Caffey DNP - strained left hip flexor Pope DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-73 26-34 7-32 22 26 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.438, FT-.765. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Robinson 0-1, Allen 5-7, Cassell 0-5, Thomas 2-5). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 5 (Przybilla 3, Ham, Johnson). Turnovers: 12 (Cassell 4, Robinson 4, Allen, Ham, Mason, Thomas). Steals: 10 (Robinson 4, Cassell 3, Allen, Mason, Przybilla).

MIAMI (99) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Grant 30 1-5 4-4 1-7 3 4 6 Jackson 42 6-13 3-4 5-7 3 3 16 Mourning 35 8-12 5-10 1-10 1 2 21 Jones 40 8-17 5-6 2-6 3 5 23 Strickland 23 2-2 0-0 0-2 7 3 4 Gatling 12 2-5 2-2 2-4 0 1 6 Carter 26 4-10 0-0 0-3 3 2 8 Stepania 4 1-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 Ellis 28 4-8 4-5 1-4 1 3 13 House DNP - coach's decision Mack DNP - coach's decision Marks DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-73 23-31 12-44 21 24 99 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.493, FT-.742. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Jackson 1-1, Jones 2-4, Carter 0-2, Ellis 1-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 6 (Mourning 2, Ellis 2, Grant, Stepania). Turnovers: 15 (Gatling 4, Jackson 4, Jones 3, Grant 2, Mourning, Strickland). Steals: 4 (Carter, Gatling, Grant, Jackson). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 25 24 25 23 - 97 Miami 27 25 27 20 - 99 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,321. T: 2:15. Officials: Nolan Fine, Tony Brothers, Ed F Rush.


Game Story

MIAMI (Ticker) -- On Eddie Jones Bobblehead Doll night, the veteran guard gave Miami Heat fans some rare excitement.

Jones' off-balance drive with 10.5 seconds remaining snapped a tie and lifted the Heat to a 99-97 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who erased an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes.

"It was just like he (Miami coach Pat Riley) drew it up," Jones said. "It was for me to catch it and go. I was wanting to get to the rim and either make it or get fouled."

Miami snapped a seven-game home losing streak and won for the second time in three tries after ending a 12-game skid.

"It's nice to win one of those games," Riley said. "We've had about 10 games this year go down to the wire and we were not able to make plays, free throws or defensive stops."

Riley has been desperately searching for the right combinations, using 14 different starting lineups. He started Rod Strickland at point guard Tuesday.

"I wanted to change the energy, so I changed the energy," Riley said. "We've been going with something for a long time and guys have been injured and in and out."

Milwaukee rallied from a 96-88 deficit to tie the contest, 97-97, on Ray Allen's two foul shots with 34 seconds left, but Jones came through with his second big shot in five days.

He hit a jumper at the regulation buzzer on Friday in Seattle, allowing the Heat to snap their long slide with a 98-94 victory.

"Last year, we came here and got a big win and that turned the season around for us," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "Maybe this win will turn things around for them. This game could give Miami the confidence to be the special team they have been for the past six years."

Milwaukee, which suffered its fifth straight road loss, had a chance to tie. Allen drove the lane and passed to Anthony Mason, but the former Heat missed a layup with just under two seconds left. The clock expired during the scramble for the rebound.

"Ray made a nice pass," Mason said. "It kind of took me by surprise a little, but you've got to draw a foul late in the game."

Mason has kept up a running feud with Riley, his former coach, and exhanged words with the Miami bench throughout the contest.

"We played more aggressively down the stretch," Mason said. "If we had done that from the beginning, we would have taken control of the game."

Jones scored 23 points and Alonzo Mourning added 21 for the Heat, who are the only team in the NBA not to score 100 points this season. Mourning also grabbed 10 rebounds.

"I'm just trying to play the game and let everything come to me," Mourning said. "I want to make sure my minutes on the court are effective. Regardless of how many minutes I play or points I score, I want to make the minutes I play count."

Allen scored 30 points and Sam Cassell and Tim Thomas added 18 apiece for the Bucks, who had a modest two-game winning streak stopped.

Miami appeared certain to reach the century mark after LaPhonso Ellis hit two foul shots to make it 95-86 with 5:30 left, but the Heat scored just one point over the next five-plus minutes.

Allen's two foul shots made it 97-94 with 1:38 left before Ervin Johnson, a 25-percent foul shooter coming into the game, hit 1-of-2 from the line to pull Milwaukee within two with 56 seconds to go.

On Miami's ensuing possession, Johnson came with a big defensive play, blocking Jimmy Jackson's layup and allowing the Bucks to tie it on Allen's free throws.

Allen made 10-of-14 shots from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range to keep the Bucks close. Even with Allen's hot shooting, Milwaukee only shot 44 percent (32-of-73).

The Heat were shooting at 57 percent midway through the third quarter but cooled off to finish at 49 percent (36-of-73). They have yet to shoot 50 percent this season.

Until the drought down the stretch, the Heat executed offensively as well as they have all season. They led, 52-50, at the break, establishing a season high for points in the first half.

Milwaukee never led in the second half.

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