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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 26 23 25 28 102 NEW YORK 12 22 30 33 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - RAY ALLEN 37, SAM CASSELL 24, ANTHONY MASON 12 NYK - ALLAN HOUSTON 44, MARK JACKSON 15, LATRELL SPREWELL 13

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - ANTHONY MASON 9, RAY ALLEN 8 NYK - KURT THOMAS 9, MARCUS CAMBY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - ANTHONY MASON 5, SAM CASSELL 5 NYK - MARK JACKSON 11, ALLAN HOUSTON 5

ATT: 19,763


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (102) AT NEW YORK (97)

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

MASON F 39 4-8 4-6 2 7 9 5 2 1 1 12 THOMAS F 34 3-10 3-4 0 4 4 2 3 2 4 9 PRZYBILLA C 18 1-1 2-2 1 2 3 1 2 0 1 4 ALLEN G 36 10-17 9-11 1 7 8 2 4 3 2 37 CASSELL G 40 8-21 7-8 0 5 5 5 4 3 4 24 REDD 22 3-12 0-0 3 2 5 1 1 0 0 7 JOHNSON 21 1-1 0-1 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 2 HAM 22 2-4 3-3 0 2 2 1 5 1 1 7 CAFFEY 8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 ALSTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION POPE DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - LEFT THIGH BRUISE

TOTALS 240 32-75 28-35 8 33 41 18 23 10 13 102 (.427) (.800) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 13(14 PTS)

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

SPREWELL F 40 5-18 3-3 1 2 3 1 3 1 2 13 THOMAS F 43 3-9 4-4 2 7 9 1 5 0 0 10 CAMBY C 35 5-7 1-2 1 7 8 0 6 3 4 11 HOUSTON G 43 13-29 14-15 1 2 3 5 4 0 2 44 JACKSON G 35 5-10 3-6 0 4 4 11 4 2 1 15 WARD 13 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 ANDERSON 13 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 2 1 2 HARRINGTON 18 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 EISLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION POSTELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROBINSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-81 25-30 6 28 34 20 23 8 10 97 (.407) (.833) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 12(11 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 26 23 25 28 - 102 NEW YORK 12 22 30 33 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - ALLEN, PRZYBILLA, HAM. NEW YORK - HOUSTON 2, THOMAS 2, WARD, HARRINGTON, CAMBY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 10-28 (.357), THOMAS 0-3, ALLEN 8-13, CASSELL 1-7, REDD 1-4, HAM 0-1. NEW YORK 6-18 (.333), SPREWELL 0-2, HOUSTON 4-10, JACKSON 2-4, ANDERSON 0-1, HARRINGTON 0-1. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JOE FORTE, KEN MAUER, GEORGE TOLIVER. A - 19,763. T - 2:22.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (102) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Mason 39 4-8 4-6 2-9 5 2 12 Thomas 34 3-10 3-4 0-4 2 3 9 Przybilla 18 1-1 2-2 1-3 1 2 4 Allen 36 10-17 9-11 1-8 2 4 37 Cassell 40 8-21 7-8 0-5 5 4 24 Redd 22 3-12 0-0 3-5 1 1 7 Johnson 21 1-1 0-1 1-3 0 2 2 Ham 22 2-4 3-3 0-2 1 5 7 Caffey 8 0-1 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Alston DNP - coach's decision Pope DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - left thigh bruise _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-75 28-35 8-41 18 23 102 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.427, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 10-28, .357 (Thomas 0-3, Allen 8-13, Cassell 1-7, Redd 1-4, Ham 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Allen, Przybilla, Ham). Turnovers: 13 (Cassell 4, Thomas 4, Allen 2, Ham, Mason, Przybilla). Steals: 10 (Allen 3, Cassell 3, Thomas 2, Ham, Mason).

NEW YORK (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Sprewell 40 5-18 3-3 1-3 1 3 13 Thomas 43 3-9 4-4 2-9 1 5 10 Camby 35 5-7 1-2 1-8 0 6 11 Houston 43 13-29 14-15 1-3 5 4 44 Jackson 35 5-10 3-6 0-4 11 4 15 Ward 13 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 Anderson 13 1-4 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 Harrington 18 1-4 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Eisley DNP - coach's decision Postell DNP - coach's decision Robinson DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-81 25-30 6-34 20 23 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.407, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 6-18, .333 (Sprewell 0-2, Houston 4-10, Jackson 2-4, Anderson 0-1, Harrington 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 7 (Houston 2, Thomas 2, Ward, Harrington, Camby). Turnovers: 12 (Camby 4, Houston 2, Sprewell 2, Anderson, Jackson). Steals: 8 (Camby 3, Anderson 2, Jackson 2, Sprewell). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 26 23 25 28 - 102 New York 12 22 30 33 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Defensive Three, 6:57 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 19,763. T: 2:22. Officials: Joe Forte, Ken Mauer, George Toliver.


Game Story

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Even the best game of Allan Houston's life could not help the New York Knicks.

Houston scored 24 of his career-high 44 points in a furious fourth-quarter rally that came up short as the reeling Knicks absorbed a 102-97 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

New York has lost five straight games for the first time since February 23-March 1, 1996. It is 4-13 under interim coach Don Chaney.

The lethargic Knicks trailed 64-40 midway through the third quarter when Houston -- who like his teammates got off to an awful start -- singlehandedly led a comeback.

Using his trademark jumper, the All-Star guard scored 15 points as the Knicks pulled within 90-85 with less than two minutes to play. They had a chance to get closer, but Mark Jackson missed two free throws.

That stopped New York's momentum and Ray Allen appeared to seal it with his eighth 3-pointer, giving Milwaukee an eight-point bulge with 1:17 left.

"That was desperation," Allen said. "I was coming off a screen and (Anthony Mason) was screaming, `You have to shoot.' There were only six seconds left on the clock. I turned and had to let it go. I was zoned in on it."

Houston kept firing, converting a three-point play and drilling two long 3-pointers to help the Knicks cut the deficit to 99-97 with 19 seconds remaining. But Allen sank three free throws to finally clinch the win.

In his ninth season, Houston never had scored 40 points. He made 13-of-29 shots and 14-of-15 free throws.

"When I got it going, I was really going good," Houston said. "I kept trying to be aggressive. They started to converge on me and I wanted to make sure I found the open guy. A lot of times they never did, so I kept shooting the ball."

Allan Houston got on a roll in the fourth quarter," Bucks coach George Karl said. "I am just happy to come out of New York with a win."

Allen scored a season-high 37 points and was even better from the field, making 10-of-17 shots, including 8-of-13 from the arc. He made 9-of-11 free throws as Milwaukee won in New York for the first time since March 9, 1999.

"We didn't have an answer for Allen at the end," Houston said. "Everything he shot he was making. He had a magnificent performance tonight. Every time he shot and everytime I looked, it seemed like it was right on target."

Allen's eight 3-pointers were a club record and the most against New York.

Sam Cassell scored 24 points and ex-Knick Mason added 12 and nine rebounds for the Bucks, who avenged an 85-71 home loss to the Knicks on December 4. That was Jeff Van Gundy's last game as coach and the team has nosedived under Chaney.

"Since we got a new coach, I think what we've done is try to figure out who we are," Houston said. "When we play with high intensity on defense, we give ourselves a chance to win."

"The Knicks are one of those teams in the Eastern Conference that has had an advantage over other teams," Karl noted. "If they make the playoffs, they would probably be an eighth seed and we might see them in the first round, so this was important."

Jackson totaled 15 points and 11 assists and Latrell Sprewell scored 13 points on just 5-of-18 shooting for the Knicks. Marcus Camby scored 11 points before fouling out.

"(Sprewell's) been off for the last four games," Chaney said. "We have to have both him and Allan and along with Marcus playing at the top of their games."

Allen made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the first quarter as Milwaukee raced to a 26-12 lead while Houston was missing five of his first six shots.

"I had a lot of open shots in the first half," Allen said. "I was in good rhythm and my teammates kept finding me."

The Bucks widened their lead to 49-34 at halftime and Allen opened the third quarter with a rare four-point play as he drew a foul from Houston on a 3-pointer.

A breakaway dunk by Tim Thomas gave Milwaukee its largest lead at 64-40 with 6:33 left in the third quarter. Houston and Sprewell scored five points each in a 22-6 surge that pulled the Knicks within 70-62 in the final minute of the period.

The Bucks shot 43 percent (32-of-75) overall, 10-of-28 from the arc and 28-of-35 from the line. They held a 41-34 rebounding edge.

Kurt Thomas had 10 points and nine boards for the Knicks, who shot 41 percent (33-of-81).

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