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