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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        25   31   15   26    97   
     NEW YORK         20   22   24   22    88      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - SAM CASSELL 22, MICHAEL REDD 19, RAY 
                      ALLEN 17
                NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 28, KURT THOMAS 14, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - DAN GADZURIC 10, ANTHONY MASON 9, RAY 
                      ALLEN 7
                NYK - KURT THOMAS 16, CLARENCE WEATHERSPOON 8,
                      CHARLIE WARD 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - RAY ALLEN 4, TONI KUKOC 3, SAM CASSELL 3
                NYK - HOWARD EISLEY 5, CHARLIE WARD 4, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 3

         ATT:   18,100

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp A Mason 35 2-6 0-0 3-9 2 2 4 T Thomas 30 5-10 2-4 1-3 2 2 12 D Gadzuric 23 4-5 0-1 3-10 0 3 8 R Allen 33 6-14 3-4 0-7 4 4 17 S Cassell 31 9-19 4-6 1-4 3 4 22 T Kukoc 27 3-6 1-2 0-4 3 1 8 M Redd 26 8-9 1-3 0-1 2 1 19 K Ollie 17 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 J Caffey 18 2-4 3-4 1-2 1 0 7 E Johnson DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Haislip DNP - COACH'S DECISION R Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-74 14-24 9-40 19 18 97 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.527, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals: 5-13, .385 (T Thomas 0-1, R Allen 2-4, S Cassell 0-2, T Kukoc 1-3, M Redd 2-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:6 (D Gadzuric 3, T Thomas 2, S Cassell). Turnovers:15 (R Allen 4, T Thomas 3, J Caffey 2, M Redd 2, D Gadzuric 2, A Mason, T Kukoc). Steals: 8 (T Kukoc 2, T Thomas 2, A Mason, D Gadzuric, M Redd, R Allen). NEW YORK (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp S Anderson 30 4-10 0-0 1-5 1 2 8 C Weatherspoon 38 4-11 3-4 4-8 0 2 11 K Thomas 37 6-10 2-4 5-16 3 3 14 A Houston 46 11-24 4-4 0-3 3 2 28 C Ward 27 4-13 0-0 3-7 4 2 11 O Harrington 15 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0 H Eisley 21 2-7 1-1 0-1 5 2 6 T Knight 4 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 L Nailon 22 4-8 2-2 2-4 0 2 10 M Doleac DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING M Pope DNP - COACH'S DECISION F Williams DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-87 12-15 15-44 19 17 88 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.402, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (S Anderson 0-2, A Houston 2-3, C Ward 3-8, H Eisley 1-2). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots:1 (K Thomas). Turnovers:14 (C Ward 3, A Houston 3, L Nailon 3, C Weatherspoon 2, K Thomas 2, T Knight). Steals: 5 (C Ward 2, K Thomas 2, C Weatherspoon). ------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 25 31 15 26 - 97 NEW YORK 20 22 24 22 - 88 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Milwaukee - 2 (Defensive Three, 2:10 2nd; Defensive Three, 7:37 2nd). New York - 1 (Defensive Three, 3:54 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,100. T: 2:04. Officials: Kevin Fehr, Ron Garretson, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (97) AT NEW YORK (88) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === A MASON F 35 2-6 0-0 3 6 9 2 2 1 1 4 T THOMAS F 30 5-10 2-4 1 2 3 2 2 2 3 12 D GADZURIC C 23 4-5 0-1 3 7 10 0 3 1 2 8 R ALLEN G 33 6-14 3-4 0 7 7 4 4 1 4 17 S CASSELL G 31 9-19 4-6 1 3 4 3 4 0 0 22 T KUKOC 27 3-6 1-2 0 4 4 3 1 2 1 8 M REDD 26 8-9 1-3 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 19 K OLLIE 17 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 J CAFFEY 18 2-4 3-4 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 7 E JOHNSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION M HAISLIP DNP - COACH'S DECISION R MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 39-74 14-24 9 31 40 19 18 8 15 97 (.527) (.583) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 15 (16 PTS) NEW YORK REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === S ANDERSON F 30 4-10 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 0 0 8 C WEATHERSPOON F 38 4-11 3-4 4 4 8 0 2 1 2 11 K THOMAS C 37 6-10 2-4 5 11 16 3 3 2 2 14 A HOUSTON G 46 11-24 4-4 0 3 3 3 2 0 3 28 C WARD G 27 4-13 0-0 3 4 7 4 2 2 3 11 O HARRINGTON 15 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 H EISLEY 21 2-7 1-1 0 1 1 5 2 0 0 6 T KNIGHT 4 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 L NAILON 22 4-8 2-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 3 10 M DOLEAC DNP - STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING M POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION F WILLIAMS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-87 12-15 15 29 44 19 17 5 14 88 (.402) (.800) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 14 (12 PTS) MILWAUKEE 25 31 15 26 - 97 NEW YORK 20 22 24 22 - 88 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - D GADZURIC 3, T THOMAS 2, S CASSELL. NEW YORK - K THOMAS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 5-13 (.385), T THOMAS 0-1, R ALLEN 2- 4, S CASSELL 0-2, T KUKOC 1-3, M REDD 2-3. NEW YORK 6-15 (.400), S ANDERSON 0- 2, A HOUSTON 2-3, C WARD 3-8, H EISLEY 1-2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MILWAUKEE - DEFENSIVE THREE 2. NEW YORK - DEFENSIVE THREE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: KEVIN FEHR, RON GARRETSON, RON OLESIAK. A - 18,100. T - 2:04.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Whether Madison Square Garden is sold out or not, Sam Cassell loves playing in "The World's Most Famous Arena." Cassell overcame a slow start and foul trouble to score 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first victory of the season, a 97-88 triumph over the winless New York Knicks. Although there appeared to be much fewer people in the seats, the announced crowd was 18,100, considerably shy of the 19,763 capacity of the Garden. Beginning February 4, 1993, the Knicks had sold out 433 consecutive games here, the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. Cassell has been having big games at the Garden since his 1993-94 rookie season, when he helped the Houston Rockets defeat the Knicks in the NBA Finals. He didn't seem to mind that the building was not full. "This is the best place in the world to play basketball," he said. "The lights are on the court. The focus is on the court." While the sellout streak is over, New York's winless streak continued. Once a perennial playoff team, the Knicks fell to 0-4 for the first time since the 1987-88 season, and their poor play is one of the reasons fans have finally stopped coming. "It's a day-by-day thing to try and figure this thing out," Knicks forward Kurt Thomas said. Instead of blowing a double-digit lead, which they have done 18 times since the beginning of last season, the Knicks erased one, with Cassell's help. After he hit two jumpers early in the third quarter to give Milwaukee a 60-44 lead, he committed three fouls in 32 seconds and took a seat on the bench. "I caught myself playing defense. I'll know what not to do next time," Cassell said. "I told George (coach George Karl), 'I'm done with that.'" "He's an emotional player who gets frustrated at times and tries to trick the referees," Karl said. "That probably hurt us offensively a little bit with Sam not there." Thomas scored 12 of his 14 points in the period as the Knicks closed to 71-66 entering the final 12 minutes. A 3-pointer by Howard Eisley pulled New York into a 78-78 tie with 6:04 to go. "I was worried," Bucks guard Ray Allen said. "We've done that in the past, where we have given games away." A jumper by Michael Redd gave the Bucks the lead for good at 82-80 with 5:18 left and Allen added a free throw before Cassell took over. He backed in the smaller Howard Eisley for jumpers on consecutive possessions, giving the Bucks an 87-80 bulge with 3:20 remaining. Allan Houston made a jumper and 3-pointer around a free throw by Cassell to pull the Knicks within 88-85 with 2:35 left. Now working against the slight Charlie Ward, Cassell sank a fadeaway jumper to trigger a decisive 7-0 burst. "I thought Charlie Ward was going to bite on the pump-fake but he didn't," said Cassell, who made 9-of-19 shots. "I had to use my legs." Redd made a jumper after a terrific swing of the ball, Toni Kukoc made a free throw and Allen added two more for a 95-85 bulge with 34 seconds to play. Cassell tacked on two foul shots. Redd scored nine of his 19 points in the final period and Allen added 17 for the Bucks (1-2), who avoided their first 0-3 start in 26 years. "We were a lot like New York," Karl said. "We were itching to win a game." Houston scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter for the Knicks, who had won 10 of their last 12 meetings with the Bucks. New York shot just 40 percent (35-of-87) and allowed Milwaukee to shoot 53 percent (39-of-74). "When you don't stop the other team from scoring, you on't give yourself a chance," Houston said. The Garden appeared to be almost half-empty at tip-off. Even with Cassell missing his first five shots, the Bucks jumped to a 25-20 lead after one quarter as Tim Thomas scored 10 of his 12 points, mostly by backing in the smaller Shandon Anderson. Reserves Redd, Kukoc and Jason Caffey scored all the points in a 14-5 spurt that opened the second period and extended the lead to 39-25 with 6:52 left. The Bucks continually took advantage of the smaller Knicks. "With a great shooting team like that, you have to get into them early and establish your defense," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "We have to scrape and scratch. You can't just go out there, especially against a very talented team." A three-point play by Cassell closed the first half and kept the lead at 56-42 and the Knicks left the court to boos. Rookie Dan Gadzuric swept 10 rebounds and Anthony Mason pulled down nine for Milwaukee. Ward and Clarence Weatherspoon scored 11 points apiece and Lee Nailon added 10 for New York.


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