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NBA MILWAUKEE 57 INDIANA 63 6:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR 10:27PM ET

MILWAUKEE (107) AT INDIANA (112)

MILWAUKEE

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

G ROBINSON F 45 6-19 0-0 2 10 12 1 3 2 2 12 A MASON F 51 9-11 5-7 1 8 9 8 4 2 2 23 J PRZYBILLA C 17 1-1 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 0 0 2 R ALLEN G 41 9-21 2-2 1 1 2 3 2 1 1 24 S CASSELL G 40 7-20 9-10 0 1 1 5 2 1 1 24 E JOHNSON 27 5-7 0-0 1 3 4 0 6 0 1 10 T THOMAS 19 3-5 0-0 2 5 7 1 4 2 2 7 G ANTHONY 18 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 3 2 2 0 5 D HAM 7 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 G FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION R ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION M POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION M REDD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 42-88 17-21 9 32 41 22 26 10 9 107 (.477) (.810) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 10 (7 PTS)

INDIANA

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

R ARTEST F 23 1-4 1-2 0 2 2 2 5 0 2 3 J O'NEAL F 45 8-14 4-6 1 12 13 3 4 0 3 20 B MILLER C 44 8-12 8-10 0 8 8 3 2 2 1 24 R MILLER G 42 9-18 7-7 0 3 3 4 1 1 4 30 J TINSLEY G 24 1-6 2-2 1 2 3 9 2 1 1 4 J BENDER 41 6-9 2-2 1 3 4 3 3 0 1 16 A CROSHERE 8 2-5 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 5 K OLLIE 29 2-2 3-3 0 1 1 4 1 0 1 7 J FOSTER 9 1-2 1-3 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 3 R MERCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION P BREZEC DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 265 38-72 28-35 3 34 37 29 21 4 14 112 (.528) (.800) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 23 22 28 25 9 - 107 INDIANA 22 20 33 23 14 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - J PRZYBILLA 2, E JOHNSON, S CASSELL, G ROBINSON. INDIANA - B MILLER, J FOSTER, J TINSLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 6-18 (.333), G ROBINSON 0-3, R ALLEN 4- 10, S CASSELL 1-1, T THOMAS 1-3, G ANTHONY 0-1. INDIANA 8-17 (.471), R ARTEST 0-1, R MILLER 5-9, J TINSLEY 0-2, J BENDER 2-3, A CROSHERE 1- 1, J FOSTER 0-1. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BERNIE FRYER, BILL KENNEDY, RON OLESIAK. A - 18,345. T - 2:21. 2:01AM ET

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INDIANA 112, MILWAUKEE 107 (OT) -------------------------------

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- If the Milwaukee Bucks miss the playoffs, they may look back to the night sharpshooter Ray Allen missed a pair of layups.

Allen's uncharacteristic misses allowed the Indiana Pacers to escape with a 112-107 overtime victory over the plummeting Bucks, who have lost 11 straight road games.

One of the best games of the season had a postseason feel, and with good reason. The Bucks (39-40) and Pacers are now tied for eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, one game behind surging Toronto.

"That was just a hell of a game," Bucks coach George Karl said. "We worked our tails off. That's just been our luck all year."

A jumper by Brad Miller with 59 seconds left pulled the Pacers into a 107-107 tie, the eighth in the final 11 minutes. On the next possession, Allen exploded past his man and lofted a banker over Jermaine O'Neal that inexplicably rattled out.

"I just got a bad roll on the rim and it just went in and out," Allen said.

"We had some luck on our side tonight," O'Neal admitted.

Ervin Johnson's foul on the rebound put Miller on the line with 35 seconds to go. He made 1-of-2 for the sixth lead change in the final 10 minutes -- and the last.

Allen again worked his way free but missed another driving shot. Reggie Miller got the rebound and made two free throws for a 110-107 advantage with 22 seconds to play.

"The second one, I would normally dunk. I just didn't," said Allen, an All-Star who has been nursing a sore knee for nearly a year. "I still thought I made it. It was too hard off the glass. I sit here and think about it ... The entire complexion of the game would have been different."

The Bucks went for the tie and nearly got it, but Allen, Glenn Robinson and Tim Thomas all missed open 3-pointers before Reggie Miller was fouled with 3.2 seconds left and sealed it with two from the line.

"Right now our basketball luck is not very good," Bucks guard Sam Cassell said. "We missed three real good looks there at the end and they got the same kind of looks and made theirs."

With the game in hand, Pacers coach Isiah Thomas was so happy, he kissed a referee.

Reggie Miller scored a season-high 30 points and Brad Miller added 24 for the Pacers, who still need some help. They lost the season series, 3-1, to both Milwaukee and Toronto and must finish ahead of one of those teams to claim their fifth straight postseason berth.

"It's not about being in control, it's about being in the race," Thomas said. "We're in it and I think it will go down to the last day, the last game."

Allen and Cassell scored 24 points each and Anthony Mason added a season-high 23 for the Bucks, who have lost five in a row and are under .500 for the first time since early last season.

"That's what happens when you are losing games -- you don't have any confidence," said Robinson, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds. "When things were rolling for us early in the season, we would have won a game like this."

Milwaukee closed the third quarter with a 12-4 run to get within 75-73 and the fun started soon thereafter. Allen's 3-pointer gave the Bucks an 89-88 lead with 4:55 to go in the fourth quarter.

A high bank shot by Allen pushed the edge to 93-91 with 2:35 left before Brad Miller sank two free throws to tie it. Cassell and Reggie Miller traded 3-pointers and a jumper by Cassell gave Milwaukee a 98-96 lead with 53 seconds left. Two free throws by Jonathan Bender 17 seconds later forced overtime.

Brad Miller, who scored 11 points in the final 10 minutes, opened the extra session with two free throws and a jumper around a basket by Mason. Robinson's jumper tied it and Allen drilled his fourth 3-pointer for a 105-102 lead with 3:11 left.

Reggie Miller again answered with his fifth 3-pointer, tying it with 2:54 left. A jumper by Johnson gave the Bucks their last lead with 2:33 to play.

"We matched them down the stretch, shot for shot," Reggie Miller said. "I knew it would be a hard-fought five minutes. Our energy level matched theirs."

O'Neal had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Bender scored 16 points for the Pacers.

Johnson scored 10 points for the Bucks, who shot 48 percent (42-of-88). 2:05AM ET

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