OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks said goodbye to the
West Coast with a stirring reminder of just how good they can be
with a little rest and a little motivation.
Sam Cassell had 23 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds as the
road-weary Bucks emphatically snapped their four-game losing streak
with a 113-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday
The Bucks have been on the road for 20 of their first 32 games,
and they have two more road games within a week. They've already
finished the entire Western Conference portion of their road
schedule, winning just five of 14 games.
"This was a big one, because the West has been ugly for us so
far," said Tim Thomas, who scored 17 points. "Tonight was a prime
example of how we need to get back to moving the ball around and
playing defense first. Any time we move the ball with the guys we
have, it is a very dangerous thing."
As the schedule gets more kind, the Bucks expect to have more
dizzying offensive games like the one they played in Oakland.
Cassell sat out the Bucks' loss at Sacramento on Sunday night to
rest his pinched nerve.
"I felt like I had to play tonight, because it was a win we had
to have," Cassell said.
Milwaukee moved ahead of Indiana atop the Central Division with
an impressive shooting display even though star guard Ray Allen
struggled. Michael Redd scored 18 points for the Bucks, who jumped
to a 27-point lead in the first half and shot 54 percent for the
"It was a challenging position for us, losing four in a row and
being out on the road," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We
could have made excuses and cited injuries and all that, but we
went out and dominated a game. That's encouraging."
Danny Fortson had 19 points and 13 rebounds before getting
ejected, and Antawn Jamison scored 23 points for the Warriors, who
returned from an 0-4 road trip to lose their sixth straight game
overall. After a promising start to Brian Winters' tenure, Golden
State is 4-8 under its interim coach.
"Coach warned us that after you come off a road trip, the first
game still feels like you're on the road," Jamison said.
"Milwaukee is the kind of team that if you leave them open,
they're going to hit shots ... and they hit everything."
Milwaukee jumped to a 55-28 lead in the first half with a
blazing display of ball movement and outside shooting. The Bucks
made a 25-6 run against the frustrated Warriors, who played decent
defense but couldn't cope with Milwaukee's magic.
"We got exactly what we deserved in the first half," Winters
said. "We came out with no energy, had nothing. It started with
the opening tip, when we dropped the ball on the floor, had a
turnover, and they got a dunk. It just deteriorated from there."
Ham capped the magnificent half by leaping high above two
defenders for a layup as time expired, giving Milwaukee a 65-46
lead. The Bucks shot 66 percent in the first half, even with
relatively few uncontested shots.
In the half, Redd scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Ham
went 4-of-4 for nine points. Even little-used Caffey, a former
disappointment with the Warriors who had played just one game since
Dec. 6, got in on the act with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
"This is the first time I'm really felt proud of myself, with
all of the stuff I've been through this year," said Caffey, who
has struggled with an anxiety disorder. "I'm feeling pretty good
about myself right now."
The Warriors rallied within 11 points in the fourth quarter, but
Milwaukee never let its lead dip to single digits. Golden State
shot 35.6 percent
Fortson, visibly frustrated by his 3-for-9 shooting and the
Warriors' struggles, was ejected by referee Joe Crawford with 2:02
All-Star Glenn Robinson missed his fifth straight game for
Milwaukee with a bruised thigh. ... As Bucks coach George Karl
walked to the locker room at halftime, a desperate Warriors fan
yelled, "George, come back!" Karl coached the Warriors from
1986-88. ... Marc Jackson, finally getting playing time as the
Warriors showcase him for a trade, had nine points and four