Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Friday, December 13th
Trail Blazers79Final
Bucks101
Game 2: Saturday, February 22nd
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Trail Blazers90

Bucks 93

(28-27, 12-15 away)

Trail Blazers 90

(35-20, 17-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2003

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 25 23 15 3093
    POR 24 27 17 2290

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: G. Payton 22 Pts, 9 Ast

    Portland: D. Anderson 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Payton, Cassell work well in rallying past Blazers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Gary Payton's debut with the Milwaukee Bucks was a triumphant one.

    Gary Payton
    Payton

    Sam Cassell made two free throws with 10.1 seconds left as the Bucks overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-90.

    "It feels great,'' said Payton, who had 22 points and nine assists. "I got a lot of burden off me now, I got my coach back. These guys I got around me now are like family. It's gonna be all good like that.''

    Payton played his first game since being traded from Seattle along with Desmond Mason on Thursday in a deal that involved Ray Allen going to the SuperSonics.

    Damon Stoudamire, who had not played all game, missed a potential tying 3-pointer with about three seconds left. Milwaukee rebounded and ran out the clock.

    "Basically, we were trying to get it to someone else in that situation,'' said Blazers guard Derek Anderson, who was 5-for-8 on 3s. "It just so happened they switched off and gave him the open look.''

    Stoudamire said the game wasn't decided on his final shot.

    "We didn't lose this game because of that shot, we lost because we had another lapse down the stretch,'' he said.

    Tim Thomas had 19 points and five rebounds for Milwaukee, which snapped a four-game losing streak. But it was Payton that everyone wanted to talk about.

    "He knows how to play basketball and it's very contagious, especially defensively,'' said Bucks coach George Karl, who coached Payton in Seattle from 1991-98. "I saw our guys play defense in their stance more tonight than we've done all year long.''

    Payton and Cassell were on the court together often during the game, and the duo combined for 38 points and 17 assists. Cassell finished with 16 points and eight assists.

    Game notes


    Grammy-nominated Nivea performed the national anthem and at halftime. ... Karl is one win behind Red Holzman for 14th on the all-time wins list (695). ... Payton passed Portland coach Maurice Cheeks for seventh on the all-time assists list (7,392). He needs six steals to pass Alvin Robertson for seventh on the all-time steals list (2,112). ... A large cheer erupted when it was announced infamous area native Tonya Harding had lost her pro boxing debut.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIL
    POR
    Points 93 90
    FGM-FGA 36-81 (.444) 39-78 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 10-22 (.455) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 11-12 (.917) 4-7 (.571)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 11-41
    Assists 27 23
    Turnovers 9 16
    Steals 7 1
    Blocks 0 3
    Fast Break Points 7 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee
    Portland
    Gary Payton Payton
    Points: 22
    Reb: 0
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Derek Anderson Anderson
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0