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NBA  FINAL            1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                      ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
     MILWAUKEE        24   22   19   20    85   
     WASHINGTON       22   18   19   23    82      FINAL

HIGH SCORERS:   MIL - SAM CASSELL 24, GARY PAYTON 18, TWO 
                      PLAYERS WITH 11
                WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 27, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 
                      19, JERRY STACKHOUSE 15

HIGH REBOUND:   MIL - ANTHONY MASON 8, ERVIN JOHNSON 8, 
                      MICHAEL REDD 6
                WAS - MICHAEL JORDAN 9, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 8, 
                      KWAME BROWN 7

HIGH ASSISTS:   MIL - GARY PAYTON 7, SAM CASSELL 5, TONI KUKOC
                      3
                WAS - LARRY HUGHES 8, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 5, 
                      TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

Box Score

MILWAUKEE (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp D Mason 31 5-9 0-0 0-4 0 3 11 T Thomas 29 5-12 1-2 0-4 0 2 11 A Mason 30 0-3 0-0 1-8 1 3 0 G Payton 38 8-17 1-2 1-2 7 3 18 S Cassell 37 10-17 4-4 0-3 5 3 24 T Kukoc 22 1-6 0-0 0-4 3 1 2 E Johnson 22 1-2 1-3 4-8 1 3 3 M Redd 21 2-12 5-5 1-6 1 1 10 J Caffey 10 3-3 0-1 0-2 2 2 6 D Gadzuric DNP - COACH'S DECISION M Haislip DNP - COACH'S DECISION J Sampson DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-81 12-17 7-41 20 21 85 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.432, FT-.706. 3-Point Goals: 3-15, .200 (D Mason 1-2, T Thomas 0-1, G Payton 1-3, S Cassell 0-2, T Kukoc 0-3, M Redd 1-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Blocked Shots:3 (E Johnson 2, G Payton). Turnovers:13 (G Payton 3, S Cassell 3, J Caffey 2, T Thomas 2, E Johnson 2, T Kukoc). Steals: 8 (E Johnson 2, G Payton 2, S Cassell 2, J Caffey, T Thomas). WASHINGTON (82) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp J Stackhouse 46 5-12 4-5 0-1 3 3 15 C Laettner 44 6-7 7-7 1-8 5 2 19 B Haywood 18 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 M Jordan 43 11-24 5-6 0-9 3 2 27 L Hughes 31 4-10 1-4 0-5 8 3 10 J Dixon 17 2-9 1-1 0-2 1 2 6 B Russell 9 0-4 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 K Brown 19 1-3 3-4 3-7 1 2 5 C Oakley 12 0-2 0-0 1-5 2 0 0 A Goldwire 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 J White DNP - COACH'S DECISION B Simmons DNP - COACH'S DECISION _____________________________________________________ TOTALS 240 29-71 21-27 7-41 23 17 82 _____________________________________________________ Percentages: FG-.408, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (J Stackhouse 1-3, M Jordan 0-1, L Hughes 1-2, J Dixon 1-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Blocked Shots:5 (K Brown 2, L Hughes, J Dixon, B Haywood). Turnovers:16 (C Laettner 4, L Hughes 4, J Stackhouse 2, K Brown 2, J Dixon 2, B Russell, M Jordan). Steals: 8 (J Stackhouse 2, M Jordan 2, K Brown 2, B Russell, L Hughes). ------------------------------------------- MILWAUKEE 24 22 19 20 - 85 WASHINGTON 22 18 19 23 - 82 ------------------------------------------- Technical fouls: Milwaukee - 3 (Defensive Three, 9:41 2nd; Defensive Three, 11:47 2nd; A Mason, 9:13 3rd). Washington - 2 (Defensive Three, 1:22 1st; M Jordan, 9:13 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 20,173. T: 2:06. Officials: Joe Derosa, Rodney Mott, Ron Olesiak.


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (85) AT WASHINGTON (82) MILWAUKEE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === D MASON F 31 5-9 0-0 0 4 4 0 3 0 0 11 T THOMAS F 29 5-12 1-2 0 4 4 0 2 1 2 11 A MASON C 30 0-3 0-0 1 7 8 1 3 0 0 0 G PAYTON G 38 8-17 1-2 1 1 2 7 3 2 3 18 S CASSELL G 37 10-17 4-4 0 3 3 5 3 2 3 24 T KUKOC 22 1-6 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 0 1 2 E JOHNSON 22 1-2 1-3 4 4 8 1 3 2 2 3 M REDD 21 2-12 5-5 1 5 6 1 1 0 0 10 J CAFFEY 10 3-3 0-1 0 2 2 2 2 1 2 6 D GADZURIC DNP - COACH'S DECISION M HAISLIP DNP - COACH'S DECISION J SAMPSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 35-81 12-17 7 34 41 20 21 8 13 85 (.432) (.706) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 13 (11 PTS) WASHINGTON REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == === J STACKHOUSE F 46 5-12 4-5 0 1 1 3 3 2 2 15 C LAETTNER F 44 6-7 7-7 1 7 8 5 2 0 4 19 B HAYWOOD C 18 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 M JORDAN G 43 11-24 5-6 0 9 9 3 2 2 1 27 L HUGHES G 31 4-10 1-4 0 5 5 8 3 1 4 10 J DIXON 17 2-9 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 0 2 6 B RUSSELL 9 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 K BROWN 19 1-3 3-4 3 4 7 1 2 2 2 5 C OAKLEY 12 0-2 0-0 1 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 A GOLDWIRE 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 J WHITE DNP - COACH'S DECISION B SIMMONS DNP - COACH'S DECISION TOTALS 240 29-71 21-27 7 34 41 23 17 8 16 82 (.408) (.778) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 16 (12 PTS) MILWAUKEE 24 22 19 20 - 85 WASHINGTON 22 18 19 23 - 82 BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - E JOHNSON 2, G PAYTON. WASHINGTON - K BROWN 2, L HUGHES, J DIXON, B HAYWOOD. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 3-15 (.200), D MASON 1-2, T THOMAS 0- 1, G PAYTON 1-3, S CASSELL 0-2, T KUKOC 0-3, M REDD 1-4. WASHINGTON 3- 8 (.375), J STACKHOUSE 1-3, M JORDAN 0-1, L HUGHES 1-2, J DIXON 1- 2. TECHNICAL FOULS: MILWAUKEE - DEFENSIVE THREE 2, A MASON. WASHINGTON - DEFENSIVE THREE, M JORDAN. FLAGRANT FOULS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, RODNEY MOTT, RON OLESIAK. A - 20,173. T - 2:06.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks did not get Desmond Mason for his 3-point shooting, but that is what may end up deciding their playoff fate. Sam Cassell scored 24 points and Mason sank a rare clutch 3-pointer in the final two minutes as the Bucks held on for an 85-82 victory over the Washington Wizards. Milwaukee (31-31) moved one game ahead of Washington (30-32) for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. More importantly, the Bucks won the season series with the Wizards, 2-1, and will have the advantage if the teams finish tied. "It was a great win. It puts us in a position of optimism," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "I personally thought this was an important, big game, and we're probably going to have another six or seven the rest of the way." The Bucks acquired Mason and Gary Payton in February 20 trade that sent Ray Allen to Seattle. Mason was just 0-for-2 from 3-point range in his first seven games with the Bucks but delivered his biggest shot for his new team from beyond the arc. Milwaukee led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter but went without a basket for more than five minutes as Washington climbed within 78-76 with with just under 2 1/2 minutes left. The Bucks had trouble getting a shot on their next possession, and Mason was forced to take a hurried 3-pointer from the right corner, which he buried as the shot clock wound down with 1:44 to go. "Gary threw it to me and I had room to let it go, so I just jumped and let it go," Mason said. "I didn't know where I was. I had an open shot, so I just pulled the shot. I wasn't focusing on trying to get a three. I'm really not a 3-point shooter, but every now and then I'll knock one down for you. Tonight was just a little bit bigger than some of the other ones." "That was a huge three, huge three," Karl said. "I don't know if we win it if he doesn't make that three." Washington's Larry Hughes and Cassell traded jumpers before Kwame Brown's layup pulled the Wizards within 83-80 with 54 seconds left. The teams traded fruitless possessions before Jordan buried a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left. Cassell rebuilt Milwaukee's three-point lead with a pair from the line with 18.8 seconds to go. The Bucks' defense pressured the Wizards on their final possession and Payton got a piece of Jordan's desperation 3-pointer from the top of the circle as time expired. "That was a big stop for us," Mason said. "We did a lot of scrambling and switching. They swung it to Jordan and Gary closed out on him and played good defense and got his hand on the jumper." Payton finished with 18 points and seven assists and Mason and Tim Thomas added 11 apiece as Milwaukee won for the third time in four games. Jordan had 27 points and nine rebounds and Christian Laettner added 19 and eight for Washington, which has lost three of its last four games. "I'm pretty sure this will come back to haunt us eventually," Laettner said. "We knew this was a big game and wanted to win it. We were there, we had opportunities, but you have to give it to the Bucks. They made their shots and got the stops when they needed it. This will haunt us. Jerry Stackhouse was held to 15 points as the Wizards shot just 41 percent (29-of-71) from the floor. Milwaukee never trailed and took the lead for good by closing the first half with an 8-2 run. Mason capped the second quarter with a dunk for a 46-40 halftime lead. The Bucks had a 63-59 edge with 98 seconds left in the third quarter before reeling off eight straight points. Payton capped the third quarter with a layup and Jason Caffey scored the first six points of the fourth to give Milwaukee a 71-59 lead with 9:25 remaining. Cassell gave the Bucks their largest lead at 75-62 on a jumper by Cassell with 7:33 and matched that lead 41 seconds later.


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