Bucks watch lead evaporate before sealing it

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Bucks coach George Karl said Milwaukee's
third-quarter slowdown against Memphis was nothing he hadn't seen

"We played typical Milwaukee Buck basketball. Lead in the
beginning, blow that lead, then lead again," Karl said after the
Bucks 114-105 victory.

Ray Allen scored 26 points for Milwaukee and the Bucks used a
13-0 run in the fourth quarter to take control.

Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said he was pleased with his young
team's efforts, even if they did fall short of a victory.

"I thought it was a great effort against probably the best team
in the Eastern Conference," Lowe said. "They are very explosive
from every angle and our guys did a nice job of competing."

"We just lost our concentration in the fourth quarter and
stopped moving the ball around and finding the open man," Lowe

Glenn Robinson added 23 points for Milwaukee and Sam Cassell had

"We didn't have any rhythm after the first half," Robinson
said. "Once we figured out we had a game on our hands, we stepped
up. Teams sometimes creep up on you."

After trailing since late in the first quarter, the Grizzlies
took the lead late in the third and held a two-point edge entering
the fourth, 85-83.

The Bucks, who got 13 points from Tim Thomas and 11 from Anthony
Mason, used the 13 unanswered points to take a 106-92 lead as the
Grizzlies went almost five minutes without scoring.

Williams said after the Grizzlies made their third-quarter run,
"we kind of got in a frenzy."

The Grizzlies were led by Stromile Swift, who had a career-high
27 points. His previous high was 24 against Cleveland in November.
Pau Gasol, Shane Battier and Williams had 19 points each. Will
Solomon had 10.

Swift, still recuperating from an injured left knee, said he did
not feel in top form yet.

"I'm 95 percent, still achy, but I want to come on the court
and play with a lot of energy," he said.

"A career high doesn't mean much when your team loses," Swift
said. "I would much rather get a win."

Milwaukee outshot Memphis 53 percent to 42 percent and
outrebounded the Grizzlies 44-33.

The Bucks led by as many as 16 points, 61-45, in the first half
and broke for intermission with a nine-point advantage, 67-58.

Allen led the Bucks with 18 points in the first half, while
Swift had 16 for Memphis.

Game notes
The Grizzlies and Bucks played twice last year with each
team collecting a victory. Overall, the Bucks hold a 7-4 lead in
their series. ... Thomas has scored in double figures 11 times in
the past 12 games. Coming into the game, Gasol was the only rookie
in the league leading his team in scoring. ... Gasol and fellow
rookie Shane Battier are the only Grizzlies to play in every game
this season. Battier has started each game.

ESPN Fan Shop Powered By

  • adidas Youth Milwaukee Bucks climalite Red Performance T-ShirtShop

  • adidas Youth Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph#50 Road Navy Replica JerseyShop

NBA News