Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Friday, December 20th
Game 2: Sunday, February 16th

Grizzlies 101


Bucks 95

(27-24, 16-12 home)

    2:00 PM ET, February 16, 2003

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 13 35 30 23101
    MIL 24 27 20 2495

    Top Performers

    Memphis: P. Gasol 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast

    Milwaukee: S. Cassell 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    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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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 95
    FGM-FGA 39-71 (.549) 37-76 (.487)
    3PM-3PA 5-16 (.313) 8-22 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 18-30 (.600) 13-21 (.619)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-41 4-33
    Assists 21 16
    Turnovers 18 12
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 1 3
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 26 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 19
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 22
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0