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Miller, Davis combine to lead Cavaliers past Bucks

3/9/2002

MILWAUKEE -- Andre Miller has 58 points, 30 assists and only
one turnover in the Cleveland Cavaliers' two wins this season over
the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

But, the Cleveland point guard was the first to acknowledge he
had some help Friday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Bucks
115-109 in overtime.

"This was a great team win," said Miller, who had 31 points
and 11 assists in 53 minutes. "We got contributions from a lot of
guys and beat a playoff caliber team on their home court."

Ricky Davis scored 21 points for the Cavs, including a jumper
with 26.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Cavaliers a 111-107
lead. Ray Allen's tip-in of his own missed layup with 19.6 seconds
remaining pulled the Bucks to 111-109.

Miller's two free throws with 18.1 seconds left put the
Cavaliers ahead by four. Tyrone Hill rebounded Glenn Robinson's
missed shot and wrapped up the scoring with two free throws.

Wesley Person added 18 points and Hill 16 for Cleveland.
Robinson led the Bucks with 30 points, Allen had 20 and Tim Thomas
16.

"Andre has had two great games here," Cavaliers' coach John
Lucas said. "I think he has a shot at being a legitimate star in
this league, but Ricky and Jumaine (Jones) played great for us
tonight, too."

Milwaukee coach George Karl was impressed with several of the
Cavs.

"He (Miller) is very good, and he's beaten us twice this
year," Karl said. "I think the Davis-Jones connection probably
hurt as much as Miller did."

Darvin Ham sent the game into overtime when he hit a desperation
3-pointer at the buzzer. Ham missed two free throws before getting
the rebound and hitting the 3-pointer.

"It was a little bit lucky," Karl said of Ham's shot. "It
would have been great to make it and win."

The Cavaliers went on an 11-2 run to break a 70-70 tie and take
an 81-72 lead with 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Cleveland
built the lead to 12, but the Bucks went on a 3-point barrage to
come back.

Allen hit two 3-pointers in the last 1:10 to bring the Bucks to
97-96. Jones won a wild scramble for a loose ball and laid the ball
in with 14.6 seconds left for a 99-96 Cleveland lead.

The Cavaliers made only three of their first 21 shots, but came
back to take a 43-41 lead before the close of the half. The Bucks'
Anthony Mason scored at the buzzer for a 43-43 tie at halftime.

Miller scored 12 points in the third quarter, but the teams
ended the period tied at 68.

Game notes
Bucks guard Rafer Alston (sore right Achilles') and forward
Jason Caffey (sore right ankle) did not play Friday night. Caffey
has missed three straight games. ... Allen picked up two fouls in
the first 22 seconds. ... Miller has played more than 40 minutes in
four of the last six games. ... The visiting team has won all three
games between the Cavaliers and Bucks this season.