Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Game 2: Saturday, November 9th
Game 3: Friday, January 17th
Game 4: Tuesday, January 28th

Bucks 99

(19-20, 9-12 away)

76ers 95

(20-19, 14-7 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 17, 2003

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 28 32 21 1899
    PHI 26 19 23 2795

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 22 Pts, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Philadelphia: B. Skinner 17 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Sixers' comeback falls short down stretch

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Each time the Philadelphia 76ers got close, Ray Allen put the Milwaukee Bucks farther ahead.

    Ray Allen

    Allen scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, leading the Bucks to their fifth straight victory, 99-95 over the Sixers on Friday night.

    "We appreciate winning games like this,'' said Allen, who made all 11 of his free throws. "We played textbook in the first half. We did everything right. We knew they'd pick it up. We just had to make stops.''

    Sam Cassell scored 12 and Tim Thomas and Toni Kukoc each added 11 for the Bucks, who are within one game of .500 at 19-20.

    Philadelphia's Eric Snow had a chance to tie it with three free throws with 2.4 seconds left, but he missed his first attempt.

    "I kind of threw myself off,'' said Snow, who entered shooting 86.6 percent from the foul line. "Instead of thinking of making one at a time, I was thinking of making all three. I threw myself off.''

    Keith Van Horn scored 22 points, Snow had 18 and Allen Iverson and Brian Skinner each added 17 for Philadelphia, which has lost seven of eight and is 5-15 since starting 15-4.

    The Sixers, who trailed by 14 in the fourth quarter, got within 93-92 on a long jumper by Van Horn and two free throws by Aaron McKie with 57.8 seconds remaining.

    After Cassell missed an 18-footer, the Sixers had a chance to take the lead. But Snow missed a driving layup, and Cassell made two free throws to make it 95-92 with 16.2 seconds left.

    Kenny Thomas put back a missed 3-pointer by McKie to cut it to 95-94. But Allen made two free throws with 4.4 seconds to go.

    Kukoc then fouled Snow behind the 3-point line. But Snow missed his first shot. He made the second one, and purposely missed the last one. But Anthony Mason got the rebound for Milwaukee and iced it with two free throws.

    Allen had three of his free throws during an eight-minute stretch in which Milwaukee missed 11 straight field goals in the fourth. He has missed just 12 foul shots in 144 attempts this season.

    "We're in a good mode right now,'' Bucks coach George Karl said. "We're heading in the right direction.''

    Iverson, who had 34 points, a team-high seven rebounds and seven assists in Philadelphia's 108-107 victory over Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey on Wednesday, missed seven of his first nine shots and 10 of 14. He took just four shots in the second half, finished 6-for-18, had nine rebounds and seven assists.

    "There's no excuse for us coming out the way we did,'' Iverson said. "We had some momentum coming off a big win, and we were looking forward to getting another one, but we couldn't get it done.''

    The Sixers went on a 13-2 run to get within 89-86 with 4:12 left. A driving layup by Snow, and layups by Skinner and Van Horn cut the deficit to three.

    After Jason Caffey started the third quarter with a layup that gave Milwaukee a 62-45 lead, the Sixers went on a 15-4 run to get within six.

    McKie began the run with a short jumper and finished it with two free throws. Snow had consecutive driving layups, and Van Horn had a 3-pointer.

    But Allen then took over, and the Bucks regained their double-digit lead.

    Allen scored 10 of Milwaukee's next 15 points, including six free throws, as the Bucks took an 81-68 lead into the fourth quarter.

    The Bucks outscored Philadelphia 16-6 over the final 4:48 of the second quarter to take a 60-45 halftime lead. Thomas made a layup and hit two 3-pointers during the run. Michael Redd's 3 gave Milwaukee its biggest lead, 60-43.

    Game notes

    The Bucks had lost five of seven before their current winning streak. ... There were three ex-Sixers on the court: Thomas, Kukoc and Kevin Ollie. ... Milwaukee has used 12 different starting lineups. Thomas is the only Bucks player to start in all 39 games. ... Sixers center Todd MacCulloch missed his second of three games because he's undergoing treatment for a nervous system disorder. ... The Sixers completed their homestand 1-5. They started the season 10-0 at home. ... The first 5,000 fans got plush dolls in the likeness of the television character ALF wearing a Sixers uniform.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 95
    FGM-FGA 31-76 (.408) 37-79 (.468)
    3PM-3PA 6-25 (.240) 3-17 (.176)
    FTM-FTA 31-36 (.861) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-40 11-46
    Assists 20 24
    Turnovers 9 14
    Steals 12 7
    Blocks 0 3
    Fast Break Points 2 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 22
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Brian Skinner Skinner
    Points: 17
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0