Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/18

Game 1: Tuesday, December 18th
Game 2: Thursday, February 7th

Bucks 114

(14-7, 6-5 away)

Grizzlies 105

(5-19, 4-8 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 18, 2001

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 36 31 16 31114
    MEM 32 26 27 20105

    Top Performers

    Mil: R. Allen 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast

    Mem: J. Williams 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl

    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 before.

    Milwaukee's Michael Redd had another strong outing, scoring 15 against Memphis.

    "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 said.

    Glenn Robinson added 23 points for Milwaukee and Sam Cassell had 20.

    "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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 105
    FGM-FGA 41-77 (.532) 37-87 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 12-23 (.522) 8-25 (.320)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 23-33 (.697)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-44 12-33
    Assists 24 28
    Turnovers 14 7
    Steals 4 10
    Blocks 9 2
    Fast Break Points 5 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 22 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jason Williams Williams
    Points: 19
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0