OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- After Ray Allen hit the 3-pointer with his usual picture-perfect form, he backpedaled through the hushed arena with his thumb and index finger cocked like a gun.
Allen scored 31 points and hit a number of big shots down the
stretch, including his momentum-shifting 3-pointer -- his sixth of
the night -- with 84 seconds left. Three days after sustaining a
concussion in a collision with Miami's Travis Best, Allen scored 15
points in the fourth quarter.
"We needed a spark, and we didn't really get it until late in
the game,'' Allen said. "Our offense wasn't looking great, and we
couldn't get any big defensive stops until we got down the stretch.
We go through valleys out there, but we came out of this one in time.''
The Bucks weathered a listless first half in which they scored a
season-low 39 points -- as well as a fantastic game by Golden State
center Erick Dampier. He had a career-high 31 points and 14
rebounds while embarrassing Ervin Johnson and rookie Dan Gadzuric,
who fouled out in just 17 minutes.
The Warriors held the lead for 3½ quarters but couldn't execute
when it mattered. The Bucks scored seven of the game's final eight
points, with Tim Thomas' jumper giving the lead to Milwaukee with
49 seconds left.
"We have to get these wins if we're going to be a contender,''
Dampier said. "I was looking forward to getting the ball down the
stretch. We knew going into the game that they couldn't match up
with us on the inside.''
The Bucks began a three-game West Coast trip with just their
second road victory of the season.
Sam Cassell added 16 points as Milwaukee won in Oakland for the
fifth straight time, but the Bucks' vocal point guard criticized
his team's lackadaisical attitude.
"We did a lot of things to ourselves,'' Cassell said. "We let
the Warriors do what they wanted against us in the first half.
We've got to start playing with real emotion for this team to be
successful. We've got to let our emotions show.''
Anthony Mason left the game in the second quarter with a
strained hamstring and didn't return. His status for Sunday's game
against the Lakers was not immediately known.
Mason's absence changed the Bucks' defensive plan inside, which
allowed Dampier to roam free all night.
"It was a hell of a win, considering I don't think we played
worth beans,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said.
The Bucks trailed all evening until Allen's 3-pointer with 7:54
left highlighted a 13-0 run and gave a 74-72 lead to Milwaukee.
Golden State rallied back, reclaiming the lead on a 3-pointer by
rookie Mike Dunleavy 3½ minutes later.
Troy Murphy had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Warriors, who
showed their youth by freezing up in the stretch. They managed just
four field goals in the fourth quarter.
Jason Richardson added 21 points for the Warriors, who got just
seven points from their reserves. Leading scorer Antawn Jamison
didn't have a field goal in the final three quarters, finishing
with 10 points.
"I didn't do a good job as far as taking my time with the shots
that I had. I rushed everything,'' Jamison said.
The Warriors have lost twice on their five-game homestand, which
concludes Wednesday night against Houston following four days off.
Overall, Golden State is in the midst of an 11-game stretch
featuring 10 home games.
Dampier dominated the first half, scoring at will inside and
shutting down the paint for Milwaukee's slashing guards. He had 16
points and six rebounds at halftime.
Jamal Sampson, who declared for the NBA draft after just
one season at nearby Cal, is on the Bucks' injured list. ...
Dampier also blocked three shots. ... The Warriors are 0-7 this
season when scoring fewer than 100 points.
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