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Milwaukee confounds Spurs' duo

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2001

SAN ANTONIO -- While San Antonio has figured out most of the rest of the NBA, the Spurs can't seem to solve the Milwaukee Bucks.

Sam Cassell scored 33 points, and Glenn Robinson added 30 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 101-91 victory over San Antonio on Sunday night, snapping the Spurs' 10-game winning streak.

''They seem to get really excited when they play us,'' Spurs center David Robinson said.

The Bucks have won five in a row over the Spurs, a streak that dates to March 16, 1998.

''It's kind of hard to explain but we seem to do really well against these guys,'' Cassell said.

''It was a typical San Antonio-Milwaukee game,'' David Robinson said. ''We missed a lot of good looks, and Milwaukee put on a shooting exhibition.''

Tim Duncan scored 22 points and had 18 rebounds, David Robinson added 21 and Steve Smith 20 for the Spurs (20-5), who came in with the NBA's best record and are still off to the best start in franchise history.

The Bucks trailed 73-70 after three quarters, but used an 8-0 run to start the fourth to take a lead they would never relinquish. The loss was just the second at home for the Spurs.

Michael Redd started Milwaukee's go-ahead spurt with a 10-footer in the lane and a 3-pointer. Tim Thomas followed with a 3-pointer to give the Bucks a 78-73 lead with 9:44 remaining.

San Antonio pulled to 78-76 on David Robinson's three-point play. But Cassell and Glenn Robinson controlled the game from there.

''This was a win we had to have,'' Cassell said.

The two took turns hitting jumpers on five straight possessions, and two free throws by Cassell gave Milwaukee a 96-88 lead with 2:48 to play. Tony Parker cut into the lead with a three-point play, but Ervin Johnson's tip-in and a long 3-pointer by Cassell put it away for the Bucks.

''They just kept making shots,'' Duncan said. ''It seemed like they didn't miss one tonight.''

San Antonio shot 5-of-15 in the fourth quarter, while the Bucks countered with 13-of-19 shooting in the final period.

Milwaukee's shooting percentage (54.4-percent) was the highest the Spurs have allowed all season.

''When you allow a team to shoot the way Milwaukee did tonight you're not going to win many games,'' David Robinson said. ''We didn't play very much defense.''

Raptors 83, Heat 76

TORONTO -- Vince Carter had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Toronto to its third straight victory.

Jim Jackson had a team-high 12 points for Miami, which has lost 18 of their last 21. The Heat, who shot 39 percent, entered averaging a league-low 82.7 points.

Antonio Davis added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have not lost since calling a players-only meeting following a four-game losing streak.

Toronto played about a half-hour after assistant coach Stan Albeck was hospitalized after a stroke.

Celtics 85, Grizzlies 80

BOSTON -- Antoine Walker had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 20 points to lead Boston over Memphis.

The Celtics used an 8-0 run in the final 1:30 to win their sixth straight home game.

Shane Battier scored 22 points, and Tony Massenberg 18 for the Grizzlies.

Kings 133, Suns 10

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 26 of Sacramento's season-high points total as the Kings snapped a two-game losing slide.

The Kings improved to 14-1 at home and 20-9 overall, even though forward Chris Webber missed his third straight game with tendinitis in his left ankle.

Sacramento opened the second quarter with a 13-4 run, and Phoenix never cut its deficit under double digits in losing for the fourth time in five games.

Sacramento's Hedo Turkoglu had 21 points 10 rebounds, despite leaving the game briefly in the third quarter after his eye was hurt on a flagrant foul by Alton Ford.

Vlade Divac, Mike Bibby, Doug Christie and Mateen Cleaves all scored 12 points for the Kings, who went 12-for-26 on 3-pointers. Divac added eight rebounds and seven assists.

Tony Delk led the Suns with 24 points, while Shawn Marion scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half.



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