Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Thursday, December 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 26th

Mavericks 112


Bucks 106

(37-32, 21-15 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, March 26, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DAL 18 27 23 27 17112
    MIL 25 31 22 17 11106

    Top Performers

    Dal: M. Finley 36 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mil: A. Mason 20 Pts, 12 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Van Exel pours in 17 late points, Mavs win in OT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The short-handed Milwaukee Bucks were on a roll until Raef LaFrenz rolled over Michael Redd's left knee.

    Nick Van Exel

    Dallas guard Nick Van Exel reacts after making a 3-pointer, part of his 17-point outburst in the fourth quarter and OT.

    And that sparked Dallas to a 112-106 victory over the Bucks in overtime Tuesday night for the Mavericks' first victory ever at the 14-year-old Bradley Center.

    Redd was on his way for a breakaway layup off a steal when LaFrenz fouled him hard and toppled over him with 11 minutes left in regulation.

    Redd limped to the foul line and sank two shots for an 81-68 lead. But he couldn't take the pain and left the game two minutes later.

    So, Dallas coach Don Nelson put in a zone defense against the Bucks, who already were playing without Sam Cassell (toe) and Ray Allen (knee), and called some plays for Nick Van Exel, who scored 17 points from that point on, including the go-ahead basket in overtime.

    "I just thought if I don't get anything out of Nick, we're not going to win the game," Nelson said. "So, I called his number and made him do something and he finally became aggressive."

    With their best shooters on the bench and Glenn Robinson mired in a 7-for-22 night, the Bucks had nothing with which to counter.

    "I think it was just the team that had the most shooters on the court at the end -- that was us," Nelson said. "I think when Redd went out, it really hurt their chances. We couldn't guard him. He's a really good player. The Bucks are very, very fortunate to have him."

    Bucks coach George Karl concurred: "When Michael Redd went out, there wasn't a lot of offense. They got the zone in there and we were playing with two non-shooters on the court."

    Van Exel scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with 1:27 left that tied it at 95.

    "These guys don't get upset if I miss shots. They get upset when I'm not playing aggressive, when I'm not attacking," Van Exel said. "That's when they get mad at me."

    Van Exel's finger-roll gave the Mavericks their first lead of the night at 99-98 with 3:20 left in overtime. They wouldn't trail again.

    Steve Nash's 3-pointer made it 102-98, and Dirk Nowitzki's 3 made it 105-100. Nowitzki also finished with 17 points despite a painful elbow injury.

    Dallas won for the first time in 13 games at the Bradley Center. The Mavericks hadn't won in Milwaukee since 1987 at the old Milwaukee Arena.

    Tim Thomas, returning from a sprained right knee that had kept him out of six games, led the Bucks with 22 points. Anthony Mason had 20 and Robinson 18.

    Redd is day-to-day with a sprained medial collateral ligament. He promised to fight through the pain -- unlike Cassell (toe) and Allen (knee), who dismissed Karl's suggestion they go ahead and play despite their injuries because they won't fully recover until the summer anyway.

    "I'm going to come back as soon as I can," Redd said. "I'm going to try to get this fixed as quickly as possible."

    The Bucks led by 17 in the first half and took a 78-68 lead into the fourth quarter.

    When Redd went out, the Mavericks went on a 15-3 run capped by Van Exel's spinning jumper and fast-break 3-pointer off an ill-advised pass into the lane by Darvin Ham that pulled the Mavericks within 84-83 with 6:07 left.

    "This is a game we should have won," Redd said. "I think we were up 10 when I left. I thought that was a big enough lead. But you've got to give Dallas credit. I heard they put a zone on the team in the fourth quarter that we couldn't figure out.

    "A disappointing loss because we thought we dominated them the whole game. Van Exel got hot in the fourth quarter. He had been contained, Dirk had been contained and Nash had been contained much of the game."

    Mason again criticized the Bucks' coaching staff for going away from what worked early on.

    "We punished them early, we were penetrating early and then we went to a shootout in the second half," Mason said. "We think we have that ability and we don't. If you do something that works against them, you don't go away from it, you keep doing it."

    "I don't know why but we've got a habit when we're doing something that works, we go away from it."

    Game notes

    The Bucks placed reserve center Greg Foster on the injured list Tuesday with a cervical bulging disc and activated point guard Rafer Alston. ... The Bucks are 18-3 all-time at home against the Mavericks, who hadn't won in Milwaukee since Dec. 13, 1987. ... Dallas' Wang Zhizhi sat out with a sprained ankle.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 112 106
    FGM-FGA 43-94 (.457) 38-84 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 9-26 (.346) 12-26 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 18-26 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-46 7-44
    Assists 27 29
    Turnovers 9 15
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 3 3
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (3/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Michael Finley Finley
    Points: 36
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Anthony Mason Mason
    Points: 20
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0