Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/23

Game 1: Sunday, December 23rd
Game 2: Saturday, December 29th

Bucks 101

(15-9, 7-7 away)

Spurs 91


    Coverage: KRRT

    6:00 PM ET, December 23, 2001

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 23 24 23 31101
    SA 25 25 23 1891

    Top Performers

    Mil: S. Cassell 33 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    SA: T. Duncan 22 Pts, 18 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    Milwaukee stars shine in big road victory

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

    Malik Rose, left, and Darvin Ham turn toward the loose ball as Sam Cassell looks on.

    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."

    Game notes
    Milwaukee G Ray Allen (knee tendinitis) missed his second straight game. ... The Spurs' 10-game winning streak was the longest in the NBA this season. ... Duncan recorded his league-leading 21st double-double of the season. ... Milwaukee leads the series with San Antonio 28-27. ... David Robinson's 21 points were a season high. ... San Antonio had only 10 points from its reserves, 25 below its season average.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 91
    FGM-FGA 43-79 (.544) 34-83 (.410)
    3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 6-25 (.240)
    FTM-FTA 10-14 (.714) 17-25 (.680)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-41 14-42
    Assists 15 17
    Turnovers 11 13
    Steals 10 4
    Blocks 7 10
    Fast Break Points 8 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 17 (0/1)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 33
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 22
    Reb: 18
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2