Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Wednesday, November 27th
Game 2: Monday, December 9th
Game 3: Monday, January 6th
Game 4: Friday, April 4th

Bucks 106

(14-19, 6-12 away)

Cavaliers 94

(7-29, 5-13 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:00 PM ET, January 6, 2003

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 28 24 29 25106
    CLE 30 19 26 1994

    Top Performers

    Mil: R. Allen 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Cle: Z. Ilgauskas 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Blk

    Allen's 13-point third-quarter spree KO's Cavs

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- When Ray Allen got hot against Cleveland, his teammates kept giving him the ball.


    Allen scored 27 points, including 13 during a decisive third-quarter run, to spark the Milwaukee Bucks to a 106-94 victory over the Cavaliers on Monday night.

    "He got it going and I know when he gets that look, I'm getting him the ball no matter what,'' Bucks guard Kevin Ollie said.

    Allen hit three 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the third quarter, including 13 in a 3:50 span when the Bucks turned a 65-62 lead into an 81-71 advantage.

    "I haven't been shooting particularly well and my ankles are hurting,'' said Allen, who missed one game Dec. 31 with a sore right ankle.

    "I had to stay aggressive. You hit your third shot and start thinking ... then you make the fourth and you know it's on then. When I'm shooting like that, it is important to bring everyone else with me.''

    Ricky Davis scored 22 points to lead Cleveland, which made a season-high 11 3-pointers. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and rookie Dajuan Wagner each scored 20 for the Cavaliers, who have lost nine of 11.

    Tim Thomas added 20 points for the Bucks, who had lost four of their previous five games, but improved to 3-0 against Cleveland this season.

    "We can beat that team and have one more chance this season,'' Cavs guard Darius Miles said. "Next season, I think we'll be there, but this is a learning year.

    "Their zone defense really messed us up. We were not looking for that. We were not cutting through, held the ball and had too many shot-clock violations.''

    Milwaukee scored 23 points off 16 Cavs turnovers.

    The Bucks played most of the second half without guard Sam Cassell, who left with 4:46 to play in the third quarter with tightness in his back.

    "It's the lower back,'' Cassell said. "I didn't have any strength in my legs and every shot I took was short. It's the first time for this, but injuries are part of the game.''

    Reserve forward Jason Caffey scored seven of Milwaukee's first 11 points to begin the fourth quarter and help hold off a Cleveland comeback attempt.

    Wagner hit two consecutive 3-pointers, followed by a 3 by Davis, but Allen hit a 22-footer to put the Bucks back in command at 98-90.

    Cassell, who had scored 69 points in two previous wins over Cleveland and is averaging 20.3 overall, played briefly in the fourth quarter. He hit a 10-foot jumper to give Milwaukee a 102-92 lead, then went to the locker room with one minute to play. He finished with eight points on 4-for-13 shooting.

    The Bucks shot just 2-for-14 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 29-19 in the first half, but led at the break 52-49.

    Game notes

    Bucks forward Toni Kukoc, who had surgery on his right thumb Dec. 2, said he will be re-evaluated by a doctor this week. ... Cavs forward Tyrone Hill, who sprained a finger on his right hand Saturday night, started and had two points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. ... The Bucks shot 6-for-26 on 3-pointers. They had hit 16 of 33 on 3s in a 140-133 double-overtime win in Cleveland on Dec. 9. ... Bucks forward Anthony Mason had his fifth double-double of the season and second against the Cavs with 10 points and 11 rebounds. ... The Cavs play six road games before returning home Jan. 21 against Orlando.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 106 94
    FGM-FGA 37-81 (.457) 35-89 (.393)
    3PM-3PA 6-26 (.231) 11-21 (.524)
    FTM-FTA 26-32 (.813) 13-19 (.684)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-42 19-50
    Assists 26 21
    Turnovers 9 16
    Steals 7 6
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 8 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 27
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
    Points: 20
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2