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Bucks' Big Three all surpass 22 points

3/1/2002

BOSTON (AP) -- After a long stretch at home, Milwaukee survived a tough road test.

The Bucks beat Boston for the fourth straight time, winning 95-92 Wednesday night as Sam Cassell scored 26 points.

"Coming from a heartbreaking loss last night, we had to find out how to get our swagger back," Cassell said. "The last five or six games, we have been missing that and the swagger and confidence is why teams like the Lakers win."

The Bucks lost 99-89 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game winning streak. Milwaukee had played five straight at home and 13 of 16 overall in Milwaukee.

The Celtics' Antoine Walker was short on a 3-pointer at the
buzzer. Boston has lost three straight since acquiring Tony Delk
and Rodney Rogers from the Phoenix Suns.

"We fought hard to get stops on them, but they kept making tough shots," Delk said. "It will take some more practice and games for me to pick things up, but I know there isn't much time and I'll have to do it fast."

Erick Strickland and Walker hit 3-pointers in the last 25
seconds to pull the Celtics within 93-92 with 5.5 seconds
remaining. But Cassell hit a pair of free throws to seal the game.

Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson had 22 points each for the Bucks, the only NBA team with three players averaging at least 20.

"Boston says that they'd like to match our style, but they don't exactly have the same personnel," Allen said. "They go to Paul (Pierce) and Antoine primarily and they need to get others involved."

The Celtics, returning from a seven-game West Coast trip, played their first home game in three weeks.

"We'd love to finish in the top four in the Eastern Conference
and get the homecourt, but it will be tough," Celtics guard Kenny
Anderson said. "We will have to find a way to win games like these."

Walker had 30 to lead the Celtics and has 84 points in three games against Milwaukee this season. The Celtics also got 12 rebounds from Tony Battie.

The Celtics opened the game with an 11-0 run capped off by two free throws by Delk. Milwaukee pulled to 27-26 at the end of the quarter courtesy of nine points from Cassell.

Pierce led the Celtics to a 49-46 halftime lead with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, but had only four in the second half.

Walker scored eight of his 12 third-quarter points during a 12-2
Celtics run to erase a 63-53 Bucks lead. Reserve Eric Williams had
a career-high seven assists.

Game notes
Milwaukee is 77-75 against the Celtics. ... The Bucks
erased a double-digit lead and won for the 15th time this season.
... Rogers and Delk made their home debut for the Celtics. ...
Former Celtics great Bill Russell and New England Patriots
defensive back Tebucky Jones were in attendance. ... Battie had
seven rebounds in the first quarter for the Celtics.