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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        24   21   26   20    91   
     DETROIT          31   22   23   20    96      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - SAM CASSELL 27, DAN GADZURIC 12, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11
                DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 20, TAYSHAUN PRINCE 13,
                      THREE PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - DAN GADZURIC 9, ANTHONY MASON 6, JASON 
                      CAFFEY 6
                DET - BEN WALLACE 21, CLIFF ROBINSON 7, HUBERT
                      DAVIS 4

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - SAM CASSELL 7, KEVIN OLLIE 4, THREE 
                      PLAYERS WITH 2
                DET - CHUCKY ATKINS 12, RICHARD HAMILTON 5, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 2

         ATT:   22,076

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (91) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Thomas 32 5-15 0-0 1-5 1 5 11 J Caffey 19 2-6 1-4 1-6 1 2 5 D Gadzuric 29 4-6 4-5 3-9 0 1 12 M Redd 37 5-10 0-0 3-3 2 2 11 S Cassell 37 12-24 3-7 2-4 7 4 27 A Mason 27 0-6 0-0 3-6 2 4 0 T Kukoc 27 3-10 2-4 2-5 2 2 9 K Ollie 23 4-7 1-2 0-2 4 0 9 E Johnson 9 2-3 3-3 2-2 0 1 7 J Przybilla DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Haislip DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE R Murray DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-87 14-25 17-42 19 21 91 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.425, FT-.560. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (T Thomas 1-2, M Redd 1-3, S Cassell 0-1, T Kukoc 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:2 (D Gadzuric 2). Turnovers:8 (T Kukoc 3, S Cassell 2, A Mason, T Thomas, J Caffey). Steals: 5 (T Thomas 2, M Redd 2, T Kukoc). DETROIT (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp T Prince 21 4-6 2-4 0-1 2 3 13 B Wallace 39 5-8 2-4 7-21 0 3 12 C Robinson 37 5-11 0-0 0-7 1 3 12 R Hamilton 35 8-16 4-4 0-3 5 3 20 C Atkins 35 2-13 3-3 0-0 12 3 8 C Williamson 26 5-11 2-2 1-2 1 3 12 Z Rebraca 19 4-5 1-2 1-3 0 5 9 H Davis 14 0-2 0-0 1-4 1 1 0 J Barry 14 3-3 2-2 0-3 2 1 10 M Curry DNP - COACH'S DECISION C Billups DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE M Okur DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-75 16-21 10-44 24 25 96 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.480, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (T Prince 3-3, C Robinson 2-4, R Hamilton 0-3, C Atkins 1-8, C Williamson 0-1, H Davis 0-2, J Barry 2-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Blocked Shots:6 (Z Rebraca 3, B Wallace 2, C Williamson). Turnovers:14 (C Atkins 3, B Wallace 3, C Robinson 2, Z Rebraca 2, C Williamson, T Prince, R Hamilton, J Barry). Steals: 7 (C Atkins 2, R Hamilton 2, C Robinson, B Wallace, J Barry). ------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 24 21 26 20 - 91 DETROIT 31 22 23 20 - 96 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 22,076. T: 2:07. Officials: Bennie Adams, Dan Crawford, David Jones.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (91) AT DETROIT (96) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T THOMAS F 32 5-15 0-0 1 4 5 1 5 2 1 11 J CAFFEY F 19 2-6 1-4 1 5 6 1 2 0 1 5 D GADZURIC C 29 4-6 4-5 3 6 9 0 1 0 0 12 M REDD G 37 5-10 0-0 3 0 3 2 2 2 0 11 S CASSELL G 37 12-24 3-7 2 2 4 7 4 0 2 27 A MASON 27 0-6 0-0 3 3 6 2 4 0 1 0 T KUKOC 27 3-10 2-4 2 3 5 2 2 1 3 9 K OLLIE 23 4-7 1-2 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 9 E JOHNSON 9 2-3 3-3 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 7 J PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION M HAISLIP DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE R MURRAY DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 37-87 14-25 17 25 42 19 21 5 8 91 (.425) (.560) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 9 (11 PTS) DETROIT REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === T PRINCE F 21 4-6 2-4 0 1 1 2 3 0 1 13 B WALLACE F 39 5-8 2-4 7 14 21 0 3 1 3 12 C ROBINSON C 37 5-11 0-0 0 7 7 1 3 1 2 12 R HAMILTON G 35 8-16 4-4 0 3 3 5 3 2 1 20 C ATKINS G 35 2-13 3-3 0 0 0 12 3 2 3 8 C WILLIAMSON 26 5-11 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1 12 Z REBRACA 19 4-5 1-2 1 2 3 0 5 0 2 9 H DAVIS 14 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 0 J BARRY 14 3-3 2-2 0 3 3 2 1 1 1 10 M CURRY DNP - COACH'S DECISION C BILLUPS DNP - SPRAINED RIGHT ANKLE M OKUR DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 36-75 16-21 10 34 44 24 25 7 14 96 (.480) (.762) TEAM REBS: 11 TOTAL TO: 14 (14 PTS) MILWAUKEE 24 21 26 20 - 91 DETROIT 31 22 23 20 - 96 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - D GADZURIC 2. DETROIT - Z REBRACA 3, B WALLACE 2, C WILLIAMSON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 3-10 (.300), T THOMAS 1-2, M REDD 1-3, S CASSELL 0-1, T KUKOC 1-4. DETROIT 8-23 (.348), T PRINCE 3-3, C ROBINSON 2- 4, R HAMILTON 0-3, C ATKINS 1-8, C WILLIAMSON 0-1, H DAVIS 0-2, J BARRY 2- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: NONE. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: BENNIE ADAMS, DAN CRAWFORD, DAVID JONES. A - 22,076. T - 2:07.


Game Story

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (Ticker) -- Although the Detroit Pistons win, it might as well have been a loss in the eyes of coach Rick Carlisle. Cliff Robinson's jumper with 52 seconds left halted a late run and lifted the Pistons to a 96-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who nearly rallied from a 16-point deficit against the NBA's top-ranked defense. For the third straight game, the Pistons - who lead the NBA in defense - allowed over 90 points. Carlisle was infuriated with his team's lack of defensive intensity. "I'm happy we won," he said. "To win and feel things are great just because you're winning sometimes isn't the way to go. I think even though we won tonight, there were some things happening on the court that are problems for us. We've got a rash of situations where guys are unwilling to make multiple effort plays. We've got a rash of situations where guys are unwilling to run back hard, whether they make a shot, whether they miss a shot or whether they turn the ball over. "Cliff Robinson made a huge shot. Ben Wallace was phenomenal on the boards. The rest of it was just mish-mash, particularly defensively. It's make-believe nonsense. We gave up transition jump shots and layups like they were free cotton candy. It's a joke." Robinson also acknowleged that Detroit's defense down the stretch was not good enough. "We're didn't bear down as tight as we're capable of, but at the same time, that's a good team," he said. "They're not always going to be the prettiest wins. We're thankful we got the win." Detroit, which came allowing a league-leading 79.6 points per game, allowed the Bucks to shoot 50 percent (6-of-12) in the final 6:56, which enabled Milwaukee to nearly overcome an 89-77 deficit. Corliss Williamson's hook shot capped a 12-3 run at the 6:10 mark that gave Detroit a 12-point cushion. But Detroit got lazy as Tim Thomas began a 14-3 spurt with an easy layup with 5:52 left. After the teams traded misses and free throws, Michael Redd drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner and rookie Dan Gadzuric dunked to slice the deficit to 89-85 with 3:26 to play. But Sam Cassell fouled Chucky Atkins on a 3-point attempt and Atkins, a career 77 percent foul shooter, made all three shots, pushing the lead back to seven with 3:07 left. However, Thomas and Cassell were left open for jumpers on three straight possessions that got the Bucks within 92-91 with 1:06 to go. Cassell would have tied the game, but his shot from in front of Detroit's bench was just inside the 3-point line. But Milwaukee, which used a zone defense to stop Detroit, left Robinson open for a jumper from in front of its bench that made it 94-91. "We've been able to do that all year," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "They got it to 16 and then, Sam found a flow and playing zone really helped us. I thought we had a shot, but give Cliff Robinson credit. That was a big-time shot. He found a hole in our zone and he knocked it down." "We've been playing the best teams in the East and fighting them tough," Cassell added. "That's a positive even if we're not winning all the games." Cassell had 16 of his 27 points in the second half, shooting 12-of-24 from the floor overall. But the veteran point guard missed a jumper with 20 seconds left that would have made it a one-point game. Redd added 12 and Thomas chipped in 11, but Thomas missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 33 seconds left. After Cassell missed, Jon Barry got the rebound and made both free throws after being fouled by Thomas. Richard Hamilton led six Pistons in double figures with 20 points. Wallace collected 12 points and 21 rebounds for his third double-double. Hamilton had 14 at halftime as the Pistons took a 53-45 lead into the locker room. Detroit opened the second half on a 15-7 run to extend its lead to 68-52 with 6:34 left following rookie Tayshaun Prince's 3-pointer. But Cassell scored 10 points in a 18-4 surge that brought the Bucks within 72-70 with 1:27 remaining.


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