Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/28

Game 1: Friday, December 28th
Game 2: Monday, February 18th
Game 3: Monday, March 18th
Game 4: Sunday, April 14th

Hornets 91

(42-38, 22-18 away)

Bucks 98

(40-40, 24-16 home)

    2:00 PM ET, April 14, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    CHA 22 17 23 2991
    MIL 26 19 26 2798

    Top Performers

    Cha: J. Mashburn 28 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mil: R. Allen 47 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Allen stings Hornets with club-record 10 3s

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- In the midst of the most trying season of his NBA career, Ray Allen had the game of his life.

    Bryce Drew

    The Hornets' Bryce Drew, right, and Bucks' Greg Anthony give chase.

    Allen scored a career-high 47 points thanks to a club-record 10 3-pointers, and the slumping Milwaukee Bucks took a step toward earning a playoff berth by beating Charlotte 98-91 Sunday.

    "Ray just put them on his shoulders and wouldn't let them lose," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "That's what great players are supposed to do."

    Allen's eight 3s after halftime tied an NBA record for 3-pointers in a half and his 47 points were the most by a Bucks player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 50 against Portland on Jan. 19, 1975.

    And Allen basically did it on one leg.

    He has been playing all season with knee tendinitis and an atrophied quadriceps muscle in his left leg -- the result of Philadelphia's Eric Snow banging into him in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals last year.

    "That's the confidence I think I needed, working through having the injured knee, and the confidence my team needed," Allen said.

    The Bucks, in danger of falling from Eastern Conference favorite to the draft lottery in one of the biggest collapses in NBA history, snapped a five-game losing skid and won for just the fifth time in 20 games.

    Allen was forced to step up with Sam Cassell curtailed by a toe injury and limited to a season-low two points, and Glenn Robinson slowed by a stiff neck.

    "Ray Allen was playing out of his mind," Hornets forward P.J. Brown said.

    Allen took turns schooling defenders David Wesley and Stacey Augmon, neither of whom could keep up.

    "There's nothing wrong with me," Wesley said when asked why he played only 11 minutes in the second half. "When a guy is that hot, you just have to do something else to try to cool him off. Nobody could do that today."

    The Bucks (40-40) are scrapping with Toronto and Indiana for the final two playoff spots in the East. Milwaukee owns tiebreakers over both the Raptors and Pacers.

    Allen looked nothing like the player who's been bothered by a bum left knee all season, costing him 13 games and robbing him of his explosive first step -- until after the game, when he hobbled around the locker room.

    "I'm struggling right now, my knee's throbbing," Allen said after logging 44 minutes.

    Allen, whose previous best was 43 points, topped the franchise mark of nine 3s, set two months ago by guard Michael Redd.

    Coach George Karl didn't want to have to play Allen so much, but he had no choice. He said he hopes to get him some rest Tuesday night against Toronto.

    "I think it's just going to be done with Band-Aids and guts," Karl said. "Guts and heart and attitude. I thought you saw a great performance."

    Allen made two 3s in a row after the Hornets had trimmed an 11-point deficit to 57-56 with six minutes left in the third quarter. Allen swished another to give Milwaukee a 71-62 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

    His last 3-pointer came with 1:19 left and the Bucks clinging to an 89-86 lead. Augmon fell, and Allen reacted by launching the shot for a 92-86 lead.

    "Actually, I stepped on Stacey's foot," Allen said. "He was trying to play me so close. When I turned the corner, I stepped on his foot and I just wanted to see what he was going to do and he fell backward.

    "I knew I had nine 3-pointers and I knew the way the game was going they were going to force me to do something different," Allen said. "And the way I was shooting, I had to take another shot, because I was feeling too good shooting 3s."

    Allen's two free throws with 25 seconds left put the Bucks ahead 94-88. He added two more from the line with 16 seconds left to make it 96-91.

    Robinson added 23 points for Milwaukee. Jamal Mashburn led the Hornets with 28 points.

    The Bucks need a combination of two wins by them or losses by the Pacers to clinch a playoff spot, and Karl said his team is confident it will beat Toronto and Detroit this week for its first three-game winning streak since Feb. 20-24.

    "This is like the NCAAs for us," Robinson said. "You win, you stay. You lose, you go home. We aren't finished yet."

    Thanks to Allen.

    Game notes

    The Bucks, who led 45-39 at halftime, won for just the second time in 12 nationally televised games. ... Charlotte lost for just the second time in its last nine games at the Bradley Center. ... Karl said he hopes Redd (knee) can return to action Tuesday but acknowledged that's probably wishful thinking.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 98
    FGM-FGA 32-79 (.405) 34-74 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 8-16 (.500) 13-21 (.619)
    FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 17-24 (.708)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-44 11-37
    Assists 20 19
    Turnovers 17 16
    Steals 6 12
    Blocks 6 1
    Fast Break Points 4 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 28
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 47
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0