Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/24

Game 1: Saturday, November 24th
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Bucks95
Game 2: Wednesday, December 26th
Hawks97Final
Bucks107
Game 3: Saturday, January 19th
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Hawks107
Game 4: Tuesday, April 2nd
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Hawks100

Hawks 97

(10-18, 3-13 away)

Bucks 107

(16-9, 9-2 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:00 PM ET, December 26, 2001

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 26 28 21 2297
    MIL 19 30 33 25107

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: S. Abdur-Rahim 28 Pts, 11 Reb, 6 Ast

    Milwaukee: G. Robinson 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Robinson steps up in Allen's absence with 32 points

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Glenn Robinson is making sure the Milwaukee Bucks don't slip while Ray Allen is out.

    Glenn Robinson
    Robinson

    Robinson scored 32 points, including 16 in the third quarter on four 3-pointers and two long jumpers, as Milwaukee overcame Allen's absence to beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-97 Wednesday night.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Hawks, while Jason Terry added 24 points and six assists. But Atlanta shot below 50 percent from the field for the 15th consecutive game.

    Allen missed his third straight game for Milwaukee with tendinitis in his left knee. He had started 388 consecutive games before sitting out.

    While Allen rests, Robinson has averaged 30.3 points, nine above his season average. Allen was leading the team with 21.4 ppg before his injury.

    "You have to realize that's 20 points we're missing, so you have to make it up somewhere," Robinson said after making 12 of 23 shots from the floor. "Whether it comes to me scoring some or somebody else helping out from the bench, we have to have it from somewhere."

    Michael Redd, who played only 35 minutes as a rookie last season, made his third consecutive start for Allen and had 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. He finished with six offensive rebounds.

    Bucks reserve Tim Thomas had 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Darvin Ham had a career-high 14 points, including eight in the fourth, and seemed to spark the team's defensive effort late in the game.

    "We've got to come in, dive on the floor, set the tone for the game if it already hasn't been set," Ham said, referring to the reserves' role. "Do whatever we have to do."

    Thomas hit a jumper and Ham made consecutive dunks before Thomas hit a free throw that made it 97-90 with 4:34 left, and the Bucks were in control the rest of the way.

    Sam Cassell had 12 points and 11 assists for Milwaukee. He was only 5-for-14 from the floor.

    "They have a lot of guys who can score," Hawks coach Lon Krueger said. "Certainly, they miss Ray Allen, but other guys stepped up tonight."

    Abdur-Rahim had given the Hawks, who had held an 11-point lead in the first half, one last chance as he and Terry keyed a 13-2 run that tied the game at 90 with 6:07 left. Abdur-Rahim had five points and Terry added four, but it wasn't enough as Milwaukee beat Atlanta for the second time this season.

    "I liked our start, but we didn't finish," Krueger said. "They had control in the second half."

    Robinson sparked an 18-9 run with his fourth 3-pointer of the third quarter and Ham capped it with a layup as the Bucks took an 88-77 lead with 9:46 to play.

    Robinson's first 3-pointer gave Milwaukee its first lead of the game at 60-59 with 9:08 left in the third.

    Abdur-Rahim had 10 points in the first quarter as the Hawks exploited poor shooting by the Bucks. Milwaukee missed eight of its first nine shots and trailed 26-19 heading into the second.

    Game notes
    The Bucks are reluctant to put Allen, their leading scorer, on the injured list because he would miss a minimum of five games. Allen hurt his knee during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals last season. ... The Bucks have just four home games in the next 14 contests. ... Milwaukee has scored 100 or more points in six straight games. In the previous 19 games, they had scored 100 or more just five times. ... The Bucks are 12-0 when they are ahead or tied after three quarters. Milwaukee led 82-75 heading into the fourth. ... George Karl is 11-2 against the Hawks since he became the Bucks' coach. ... The Bucks had their ninth sellout.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ATL
    MIL
    Points 97 107
    FGM-FGA 36-85 (.424) 41-82 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 4-16 (.250) 8-20 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 21-25 (.840) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-44 9-44
    Assists 26 25
    Turnovers 13 11
    Steals 3 10
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 10 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 20 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Atlanta
    Milwaukee
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 28
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Glenn Robinson Robinson
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3