Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/8

Game 1: Tuesday, January 8th
Bucks113Final
Warriors97
Game 2: Friday, February 22nd
Warriors112Final
Bucks116

Bucks 113

(19-13, 9-11 away)

Warriors 97

(12-23, 7-9 home)

7:30 PM ET, January 8, 2002

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

1 2 3 4 T
MIL 30 35 22 26113
GS 20 26 26 2597

Top Performers

Milwaukee: S. Cassell 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 10 Ast, 2 Stl

Golden State: D. Fortson 19 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast

Bucks move ball again in road win

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 night.

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 game.

"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.

Allen was just 5-of-15 from the field for 13 points, but the Bucks' reserves more than made up for it. Redd, Darvin Ham and Jason Caffey combined for 48 points.

"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 to play.

Game notes
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 rebounds.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIL
GS
Points 113 97
FGM-FGA 43-80 (.538) 31-87 (.356)
3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 1-11 (.091)
FTM-FTA 19-27 (.704) 34-42 (.810)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-38 18-49
Assists 24 16
Turnovers 11 14
Steals 7 8
Blocks 8 6
Fast Break Points 12 8
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (3/0) 20 (2/0)

Top Performers

Milwaukee
Golden State
Sam Cassell Cassell
Points: 23
Reb: 8
Ast: 10
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Danny Fortson Fortson
Points: 19
Reb: 13
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0