Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/23

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

Spurs 99


Bucks 102

(18-9, 10-2 home)

    Coverage: KRRT

    7:30 PM ET, December 29, 2001

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 32 15 19 2799
    MIL 23 34 22 14102

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 38 Pts, 16 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    Mil: A. Mason 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Bucks sweep third straight season series with Spurs

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tim Thomas knew he and his Milwaukee Bucks teammates would have to step up with Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson out.

    Milwaukee's Ervin Johnson, left, tracks down one of his seven rebounds.

    Thomas scored 24 points, including two key baskets in the final 1:12 of overtime, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their sixth straight win over the San Antonio Spurs, 102-99 on Saturday night.

    "In sports, you're going to have injuries. Sometimes you can fight through them and sometimes not," Thomas said. "We're playing great team basketball right now. I think we match up well with this team, but to beat them twice in a week, with a couple guys out, is great."

    Robinson scored 24 points for the Bucks before he had to leave the game with 6:26 left with a left thigh bruise. Allen missed the game with tendinitis in his left knee. Anthony Mason had a season-high 18 points and had 11 rebounds for Milwaukee.

    Sam Cassell added 15 points for Milwaukee, including two free throws with five seconds left to make it 102-99.

    Tim Duncan scored a game-high 38 points and had 16 rebounds for San Antonio, but missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Spurs lost to Milwaukee for the sixth straight time.

    "It doesn't seem like they ever miss against us," said Duncan, whose team has lost three straight. "In the fourth quarter, we finally got them to miss a few in a row, and that's when we made our run, but they made big shots in OT."

    The Spurs have not beaten the Bucks since March 16, 1998. Milwaukee coach George Karl, who played for the Spurs, has a 31-14 career record against San Antonio.

    Duncan scored four points in overtime, including a layup with 1:27 left for a 99-96 Spurs' lead. Thomas scored with 1:12 left to make it 99-98 and gave the Bucks the lead with the short jumper with 28.8 seconds left.

    "Tim Thomas' shot goes down, and ours didn't," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "That was for the game. We had set up a 3-point shot for Steve Smith (at the end of OT), but he couldn't get it. We gave it to Tim at the top for a shot."

    Karl credited his bench with the win.

    "Dog's (Robinson's) thigh tightened up, and he was limping pretty bad in the second half," Karl said. "It was a great win by our bench. Tim Thomas had a great game. Michael Redd played well.

    "Injuries can help your basketball team grow if you manage them enthusiastically. It gives other guys chances to step up."

    The Bucks took the lead in the second quarter and built it to 15 early in the fourth quarter. But, the Spurs went on a 13-1 run to tie it at 86 with 3:52 left.

    Milwaukee regained the lead, but Duncan cut it to 93-91 on a layup with 36.4 seconds left. Duncan then was fouled by Ervin Johnson with 12.4 seconds remaining and made two free throws to tie it at 93. The Bucks did not get a shot off, sending the game into overtime.

    Game notes
    Spurs guard Terry Porter still has many friends and family attend games in Milwaukee. Porter played at Milwaukee South Division and Wisconsin-Stevens Point. ... Guard Jason Hart spent all last season on the injured list for the Bucks with a variety of ailments. Hart came back to the Bradley Center with the Spurs on Saturday, but again was on the injured list with a low back sprain. ... Popovich will serve as one of Karl's assistants on the USA team in the World Championship of Basketball next summer. ... Karl said he wants to see Allen in at least one or two practices before he plays him in a game again. Allen missed his fifth straight game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 102
    FGM-FGA 38-88 (.432) 40-87 (.460)
    3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 7-16 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 19-29 (.655) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-45 7-48
    Assists 20 30
    Turnovers 15 17
    Steals 6 12
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 16 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 38
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Anthony Mason Mason
    Points: 18
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1