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Slumping Bucks surprised by Grizzlies

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies typically fold down the
stretch on the road. Jason Williams made sure it didn't happen
against Milwaukee.

He scored four points in the final 72 seconds and Pau Gasol led
Memphis with 19 points Sunday, sending the Grizzlies to a 101-95
victory that ended the Bucks' three-game winning streak. Memphis
won on the road for just the fourth time this season.

"To come into a playoff team's house and win, that's terrific
for us,'' the Grizzlies' Shane Battier said.

Milwaukee had won 13 of 16 before Sunday.

"Defensively we were awful,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said.
"We gave up layups. We missed assignments. We had a bad mental
approach. We weren't tough enough or serious enough or angry enough
to get the win.''

Battier contained Ray Allen down the stretch, as the Bucks' star
guard missed two 3-point attempts in the final minute.

Williams drove around Sam Cassell for a layup to give the
Grizzlies a 99-93 lead with 1:12 left. Tim Thomas scored on a dunk
with 1:01 to go to cut it to 99-95, and Cassell stole a pass to
give Milwaukee the ball.

The Bucks got it to Allen on their next two possessions, but
Battier closely guarded him and he missed 3-point attempts each
time.

"He's so good, I don't know if I did anything special,''
Battier said. "All you can do is put a hand up and hope he
misses.''

Battier was modest about his defense, but Memphis coach Hubie
Brown gave him a little more credit.

"You can put Shane on anybody and Shane won't back off,'' Brown
said. "Every team should have five Shane Battiers'. They would be
great.''

Williams made one free throw for a 100-95 lead with 9.8 seconds
to go. He then stole a pass with 5 seconds left, was fouled and
made one free throw for the final score. He finished with 14
points, nine assists and four turnovers.

Memphis scored 65 points in the second and third quarters to
open a 78-71 lead going into the fourth. Toni Kukoc led a Milwaukee
comeback, scoring 11 points in a 13-6 run that tied it at 86 on
Allen's drive with 4:02 to go.<

Allen scored 23 points and Cassell added 22 for Milwaukee.

Milwaukee is fifth in the NBA, making 78 percent of its free
throws, but missed 6 of 12 in the fourth quarter.

The Bucks went 5-3 on their homestand and now head to the West
Coast for four games in five nights, beginning Tuesday at
Sacramento.

"We wanted this one,'' Thomas said. "We just didn't do it
today. We're professionals, we have to learn how to finish games
out.''

Game notes
The Bucks have a six-game road winning streak. ... Bucks'
backup G Kevin Ollie went the entire homestand without a turnover.
... Memphis is 15-28 since Brown was named coach Nov. 12,
succeeding Sidney Lowe. ... Thomas hit a three-quarters court shot
at the end of the third quarter, but the officials ruled it came
after the buzzer. ... Memphis swept the season series.

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