"We just escaped,'' Cassell said after a wild 140-133 victory
over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. "We're up by 20 and
let up. We can't have these games.''
Ricky Davis scored a career-high 45 points, 33 after halftime,
to lead Cleveland.
"All those points are depreciated by the loss,'' Davis said.
"And it kind of hurts. We did a lot of good things, but didn't
Davis and rookie Smush Parker, who scored 16 of his 20 points
after the start of the fourth quarter, helped Cleveland overcome a
21-point deficit to send the game into overtime.
"We should have had it, but made a couple of bonehead plays in
overtime,'' Parker said. "We're young, we're growing and we had a
good run. Now we have to win.''
Milwaukee's Michael Redd had a career-high 35 points and Ray
Allen added 28 in his third game back from a sprained ankle. Allen
and Redd each made six 3-point shots as the Bucks shot 16-for-33
from beyond the arc.
"This was one of a kind,'' Allen said. "I've never played one
like it. It was under control until the fourth quarter. They
started making shots and the momentum changed.''
The Bucks finally wore down Cleveland with a strong inside game.
Anthony Mason, who scored 12 points, hit two quick baskets to open
the second overtime. Tim Thomas, who finished with 22 points,
scored four more points in close.
Allen hit a 3-pointer to finally put Milwaukee in command at
Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland,
but did not play in the second overtime. The 7-foot-3 center, who
has a history of foot problems, is on a strict limit of playing
With the crowd chanting, "We want Z,'' Cavs coach John Lucas
turned to fans behind the bench and said, "He's at 35 minutes,
that's it, no more.''
General manager Jim Paxson defended his coach: "It is not coach
Lucas' decision and it is not Z's decision. It was the right thing
to do. Coach Lucas handled it the way he should.''
Cassell, who missed a 94-88 loss to New Orleans on Saturday
night with a strained hip flexor muscle, had a triple-double as he
also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
"I won't do anything tomorrow, I know that,'' Cassell said. "I
felt good for three quarters, then got tight in overtime. Other
guys carried us then.''
Thomas hit an 18-foot jumper with 56 seconds left in the fourth
quarter to give the Bucks a 102-100 lead. Cassell hit one of two
free throws with 12.5 seconds to play for a 103-100 advantage.
After a timeout, Davis took an inbound pass from Parker and hit
a 3-pointer from the baseline in front of the Bucks bench to tie it
with 8.6 seconds left.
Cassell missed a 10-footer with two seconds left in regulation.
The Bucks battled back to force the second overtime when Thomas
scored on a pick-and-roll from Cassell with 3.5 seconds left to tie
it at 118.
Milwaukee made seven of its first 10 shots from 3-point range in
the third quarter to open a 90-69 lead with 2:15 to play in the
period. Redd and Allen each hit three of the long-range shots
during the spurt.
Cavs rookie Dajuan Wagner, who had averaged 25.8 points in his
previous five games, scored just seven and shot 1-for-6 from the
field. Rookie Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 13 rebounds for
Davis tied World B. Free's 45-point outburst in 1985 for
the third-highest in Cavs history. Walt Wesley scored 50 in 1971
and Mike Mitchell 46 in 1980. ... The Cavs activated F Darius Miles
(left knee tendinitis) and put G Bimbo Coles on the injured list
(left quad contusion). Lucas said Miles, sidelined since Nov. 16,
likely will not play until the weekend. ... Cassell has scored 69
points in two wins over Cleveland this season. ... The announced
crowd of 6,712 was the lowest at a Cleveland home game since 6,448
on Jan. 4, 1988, at the old Coliseum. ... Milwaukee shot 4-for-19
in the fourth quarter. ... Redd had six of Milwaukee's 16 steals as
the Bucks scored 38 points off 23 Cavs turnovers.