Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Friday, November 30th
Trail Blazers101
Game 2: Saturday, March 2nd
Trail Blazers104Final

Trail Blazers 104

(35-24, 15-15 away)

Bucks 103

(33-24, 18-11 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 2, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    POR 25 30 23 16 10104
    MIL 26 33 21 14 9103

    Top Performers

    Por: D. Stoudamire 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mil: M. Redd 19 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast

    Blazers go OT to stretch win streak to nine

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A controversial call might have shaken the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this season.

    Scottie Pippen


    Ray Allen, left, helped limit Scottie Pippen to 10 points, but Pippen also had 10 rebounds and eight assists.

    Not anymore.

    Damon Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer with two-tenths of a second left in overtime as Portland extended its winning streak to a season-high nine games with a wild 104-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

    The Blazers thought they had a 95-94 lead with 6.3 seconds left in regulation after Scottie Pippen hit an apparent 3-pointer.

    But as Portland celebrated, replays showed Pippen's right foot was on the 3-point line. Officials Dick Bavetta, Tim Donaghy and Kevin Fehr huddled and changed the shot to a 2.

    That left the game tied at 94, and the Blazers were angry -- initially.

    "I don't know how that call was changed, but it doesn't matter because we won the game," Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said.

    Milwaukee's Glenn Robinson missed at the fourth-quarter buzzer, sending it into overtime.

    "It was pretty upsetting," Pippen said of his disputed shot. "But the guys stayed poised. They knew what this game is about. Even though we were trailing most of the game, we had confidence that guys were going to step up and make big shots."

    Stoudamire, who had 24 points and five assists, hit both of his 3-point attempts in overtime. His first one made it 99-98 with 1:13 remaining, and Ruben Patterson followed Stoudamire's miss with a dunk on the next possession to make it 101-98.

    Robinson hit a free throw to cut the lead to two before Sam Cassell, who finished with 20 points, converted a four-point play that gave Milwaukee a 103-101 lead with 3.4 seconds to go.

    On the play, Cassell took a crosscourt pass from Ray Allen and sank a 3 as he was fouled by Patterson.

    After a Portland timeout, Steve Kerr passed to Stoudamire, who dribbled to the right and pulled up for his game-winner.

    It was the fourth lead change in overtime and 22nd of the game.

    "We won and lost that game five or six times," Bucks coach George Karl said. "You remember the last play, but that's not the reason we lost the game. In an overtime game, you can't be fouling the other team like that, miss layups and give up offensive rebounds."

    Portland had two offensive rebounds to none for Milwaukee in overtime. The Blazers also had two blocked shots and forced a turnover that Stoudamire converted into his first 3-pointer.

    The Bucks called a timeout after Stoudamire's last shot. Anthony Mason attempted to inbound for Milwaukee, but his pass was knocked away at the buzzer.

    It was Portland's sixth win in a row on the road and 22nd of 28 overall. The victory also gave the Blazers a sweep of their four-game road trip against Eastern Conference clubs and upped their record to 17-7 against teams from the East.

    "We gained more confidence out here," Stoudamire said of the victories over Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto and Milwaukee. "We beat four teams in the Eastern Conference that might be in the playoffs. It's big."

    Rasheed Wallace had 24 points and eight rebounds for Portland, Patterson added 15 points and Pippen had 10 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in overtime.

    Robinson had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Allen added 22 points for Milwaukee.

    "We had opportunities, they had opportunities," Cassell said. "They had the last opportunity, and they won the game."

    Cassell, who played 43 minutes with a painfully sprained left big toe, had eight assists and six rebounds. He has said he might have to miss one or two upcoming games to give the injury a chance to heal.

    Game notes

    Blazers guard Bonzi Wells sat out the fourth quarter with an ice bag taped over his left knee. He's day-to-day. ... Wallace got a technical during the second quarter for firing his head band onto the court. He yelled at referee Tim Donaghy to call a foul on Ervin Johnson after the two collided during Wallace's drive to the basket. No call was made. Wallace had a new headband for the second half. ... Starting with the game against Portland, the Bucks play four games in five nights. ... The last time Portland lost in Milwaukee was 95-90 in overtime on Jan. 10, 1998. ... Bucks center Joel Przybilla wore No. 45 instead of his usual No. 6 after the jersey was lost following a game against the Los Angeles Lakers last Tuesday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 103
    FGM-FGA 41-94 (.436) 43-91 (.473)
    3PM-3PA 6-23 (.261) 8-21 (.381)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 9-12 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-45 12-44
    Assists 28 28
    Turnovers 11 15
    Steals 9 6
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 6 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (2/1) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Damon Stoudamire Stoudamire
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 19
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0