Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Saturday, November 3rd
Game 2: Tuesday, January 29th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 27th
Game 4: Sunday, March 31st

Celtics 90

(26-18, 11-11 away)

Bucks 109

(27-16, 14-5 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 29, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    BOS 25 24 17 2490
    MIL 30 21 35 23109

    Top Performers

    Bos: A. Walker 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mil: R. Allen 19 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Bucks finally win at home, Pierce injures wrist

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks weren't afraid to make the extra pass.

    Sam Cassell scored 20 points and Glenn Robinson and Ray Allen added 19 apiece as the Bucks piled up 32 assists to pull away in the second half for a 109-90 victory Tuesday night over the Boston Celtics.

    Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will each go for the 3-point shootout title.

    "We just came out and made the extra pass regardless of who was over there," said Allen, who had eight assists. "That's why we went on that run in the third quarter because the ball was moving. Boston didn't know what to do. They were sitting back waiting to see who was going to shoot the ball."

    Celtics' forward Paul Pierce, picked as an Eastern Conference All-Star earlier in the day, left midway through the fourth quarter after reaggravating a sprained left wrist and did not return.

    "I got hit on my wrist and there was a sharp pain," Pierce said. "It's been bothering me for the last week or so. That's about it. It's sprained and I just have to play through it."

    Milwaukee, which snapped a three-game home losing streak, gained control by outscoring Boston 35-17 in the third quarter.

    Kenny Anderson's jumper to open the second half tied the game for Boston at 51. But the Bucks responded with a 13-0 run, capped by two 3-pointers by Allen.

    After Antoine Walker's baseline jumper made it 64-53, Milwaukee ran off seven more unanswered points as the lead ballooned to 71-53.

    "It was a blur," Anderson said. "We lost focus for a minute and that was it. We just couldn't stop them and once they got the lead, that was it."

    Cassell, who finished with nine assists, and Allen each had 10 points in the third quarter as the Bucks shot 53.8 percent, making 14 of 26 shots.

    "Anytime you play unselfish and everybody's involved, everybody feels a part," said Bucks forward Anthony Mason, who had a game-high 11 rebounds. "That's going to make everybody play harder on both ends of the floor."

    Pierce, averaging 26.9 points, was injured on a drive to the basket and made both free throws with 8:52 remaining. Pierce, who finished with 16 points, came out on the next possession and spent the rest of the game with an ice bag on his wrist.

    Walker had 25 points for the Celtics and Erick Strickland added 18.

    Bucks coach George Karl, who has preached better distribution on a team known for its perimeter shooting, said the new defensive rules favor a team that passes the ball.

    "You can still try to run the spacing game, still try to run the isolation game and you can still force shots, but I personally think the teams that are going to win are the teams that adapt by passing the basketball more," Karl said.

    Game notes
    Robinson, who scored 38 points in Saturday's 129-127 double-overtime loss to New York in his first game back after missing 14 games with a thigh bruise, was held out of the starting lineup after rolling an ankle Monday in practice. ... The Bucks three-game home losing streak was the longest since a seven-game streak from Feb. 5-25, 2000. ... Boston has lost six straight at the Bradley Center. ... Milwaukee shot 53.3 percent and is 12-2 when making at least half of its shots. ... Ervin Johnson's 10 points were a season high.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 109
    FGM-FGA 34-89 (.382) 40-76 (.526)
    3PM-3PA 8-27 (.296) 11-22 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 14-16 (.875) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-37 7-49
    Assists 18 32
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 11 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Antoine Walker Walker
    Points: 25
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 19
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0