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Allen sizzles with 34 points to down Celtics

1/23/2003

BOSTON (AP) -- Ray Allen and Sam Cassell dominated for Milwaukee
while Antoine Walker watched helplessly from the Boston bench.

Allen scored 34 points, Cassell had the second triple-double of
his career and the Bucks capitalized on a rare injury to Walker to
defeat the Celtics 106-97 Wednesday night.

"Ray had a great roll going,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl
said. "It's great to have a guy like that to go to on the road.''

Allen had 14 points in the third quarter when Milwaukee
stretched a 56-54 lead to 84-76. After Paul Pierce led a Celtics
surge that cut an 11-point deficit to 98-93, Allen hit the Bucks'
next two baskets for a 102-95 lead with 1:33 to go.

"I didn't do anything'' differently, he said. "I tried to be
aggressive. We penetrated and got a lot of good looks.''

Cassell had 14 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds, and Michael
Redd added 16 points.

The Bucks shot very well despite aggressive Boston defense. They
hit 53 percent of their shots and 12 of 24 from 3-point range.
Allen was 13-for-23 overall and 5-for-9 on 3-pointers.

"We just ran into a buzzsaw with their ability to knock down
shots,'' Boston coach Jim O'Brien said. "We did a nice job of
moving the basketball, not quite as nice as they did, though.''

Boston, which ended a four-game winning streak, was led by
Pierce with 30 points, Walter McCarty with 22 and rookie J.R.
Bremer with 18.

"I was able to get some of the shots that (Walker) gets,''
McCarty said. "Paul and J.R. made great passes. They were all
looking for me.''

But the Celtics missed Walker, sidelined with a sprained right
knee, only the 11th game he's missed in his 6{ NBA seasons and the
first this season.

"They still penetrate and look for the 3,'' Milwaukee's Anthony
Mason said. "He's a big talent loss, but they still have some good
shooters out there.''

The Celtics had won their previous game, 100-99 at Philadelphia
on Monday night on Walker's 3-pointer with 29 seconds left. He
finished with 33 points and played the entire second half despite
hurting his knee in the third quarter.

On Saturday night, they won 97-95 in Milwaukee, ending the Bucks
five-game winning streak as Allen scored just 13 points.

Milwaukee lost forward Tim Thomas to a sprained right shoulder
with 4:33 left in the second quarter Wednesday but had plenty of
offense without him. Thomas has started every Milwaukee game this
season.

"We tried to start a run in the fourth quarter,'' Bremer said.
"Paul got hot, but they just kept hitting shots.''

Boston never led after Cassell's 17-footer with 7:42 left in the
first quarter gave the Bucks a 10-9 lead.

On Tuesday, the same day an MRI showed the injury that could
sideline Walker for two weeks, he was named Eastern Conference
player of the week. He is second on the Celtics in scoring,
rebounding and assists.

Game notes
The Bucks placed C Joel Przybilla on the injured list with
a sore left ankle and activated C-F Jamal Sampson from the injured
list. ... During a break before Allen took a technical foul shot
with 8:52 left in the third quarter, Cassell played catch with a
young boy in the front row. ... Boston C Tony Battie played after
missing the previous four games with a sore right knee. ... Allen
hit all three of his free throws and has made 100 of his last 104.