Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/6

Game 1: Thursday, February 6th
Game 2: Friday, February 21st

SuperSonics 91

(21-27, 11-16 away)

Bucks 97

(25-23, 14-11 home)

7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2003

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 25 20 23 2391
MIL 23 25 19 3097

Top Performers

Seattle: G. Payton 27 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

Milwaukee: R. Allen 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

Bucks' Allen scores 27 points in 29 minutes

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks have a bunch of scoring options, but needed only Ray Allen and Michael Redd to beat the Seattle SuperSonics.

Ray Allen

Allen and Redd scored the Bucks' first 22 points of the fourth quarter as Milwaukee pulled away for a 97-91 victory Thursday night, sending the SuperSonics into the All-Star break with a three-game losing streak.

Allen scored 14 of his 27 points in the final quarter, including four 3-pointers. Redd scored nine of his 15 in the final period, and Milwaukee goes into the break having won 11 of 14 games.

"In the past couple of weeks we started to put it together,'' said Allen, who played only 29 minutes because of foul trouble. "In the first 20 games, we struggled a lot but we never panicked.''

Kevin Ollie played the entire fourth quarter in place of Sam Cassell and hit two free throws with 19.6 seconds left to give Milwaukee a 96-91 lead. Brent Barry's pass sailed high out of bounds and Allen hit a free throw with 14 seconds left for the final score.

"It's a much harder win than you think it was,'' said Milwaukee coach George Karl, whose team has five players averaging at least 10 points. "We didn't have a lot of energy, (but) we found some guys that were playing pretty well.''

Allen hit a 3-pointer, Toni Kukoc made a free throw and Anthony Mason added a baseline jumper with 2:06 left to cap a 6-0 run and give Milwaukee a 92-83 lead. Barry hit two free throws and Rashard Lewis scored on a layup with 20 seconds left to bring Seattle within 94-91.

"We're not ready to win,'' Seattle coach Nate McMillan said. "We need to play better defense. It hurts.''

The Sonics kept it tight most of the game, one night after losing 114-74 at Boston. Gary Payton scored on a breakaway layup to tie it at 77 with 6:45 left.

Payton had 27, but only six in the fourth quarter, and Lewis 18 to lead Seattle.

"We haven't closed out games a lot so it's a big problem,'' Payton said. "Ray came down and hit two big 3s that hurt us a lot. We've got to execute better. It's just a learning process and it's been all that way this year.''

Karl liked the way Ollie was playing defense on Payton in the fourth quarter, and left Cassell on the bench the entire quarter. Cassell averages 19.9, but scored only 11 in 29 minutes.

"Kevin's defense on Payton in the second half, I felt was something I had to stick with, and Ray had one of those nights from the 3-point line and we won the game,'' Karl said.

Ansu Sesay hit a baseline jumper with a second left in the third quarter to give Seattle a 68-67 lead going into the final quarter.

The Bucks trailed most of the first quarter, but took a 28-26 lead on Redd's 3-pointer with 9:43 left in the second quarter. Milwaukee led 48-45 at halftime behind Tim Thomas' 11 points.

Game notes

Seattle F Desmond Mason will take part in the All-Star Game dunk contest for the third consecutive year. He won the event in 2001. Payton will play in his ninth All-Star game. No Bucks were selected. ... Milwaukee is 3-2 on its eight-game homestand. ... The Sonics are 17-7 against the Bucks since the 1990-91 season. ... The Bucks' victory snapped Seattle's four-game winning streak against Milwaukee, including three consecutive victories at the Bradley Center.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 91 97
FGM-FGA 33-71 (.465) 31-74 (.419)
3PM-3PA 6-10 (.600) 11-23 (.478)
FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 24-30 (.800)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-39 13-38
Assists 23 18
Turnovers 15 9
Steals 6 7
Blocks 2 4
Fast Break Points 2 3
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 19 (1/0)

Top Performers

Gary Payton Payton
Points: 27
Reb: 4
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Ray Allen Allen
Points: 27
Reb: 3
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0