Williams, Mason free throws key in final seconds

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks withstood a late charge by
the New York Knicks to finally win a a game.

Mo Williams made four free throws and Desmond Mason added
another in the final 16 seconds to help the Bucks beat the Knicks
106-102 Sunday, snapping their eight-game losing streak.

"Our effort just wasn't there until the last 3 minutes," said
Stephon Marbury, who finished with 15 points as the Knicks lost
their sixth straight.

Michael Redd had 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting. His two free
throws and jumper made it 92-79 with 6:34 to play. The Knicks
fought back with a 12-2 run as Maurice Taylor converted a
three-point play with 1:44 to go.

Kurt Thomas added two free throws and a basket to help the
Knicks get to 97-91 with 1:04 left. Redd made two free throws, but
Thomas hit a 3-pointer from the corner and Marbury put in a layup
to bring the Kicks to 99-96 with 28.8 second remaining.

After a timeout, Marcus Fizer was fouled and made two free
throws with 28.1 seconds left, giving the Bucks a 101-96 margin.

Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer for New York, but Williams made
four free throws to keep Milwaukee up 105-99 with 10 seconds left.
Thomas hit another 3, but Mason made one free throw for the final

Maurice Taylor, who had just two points in the previous two
games, finished with 18 points.

"If some of us play hard, and some of us don't, we are not
going to get it done down the stretch," Taylor said.

Tim Thomas paced the Knicks with 23 points and hit two
3-pointers down the stretch.

Knicks coach Herb Williams said if his team gave more effort,
the outcome could have been different.

"You can't do that at the end of the game, or the middle of the
game," he said about playing with tenacity down the stretch. "You
come out and play as hard as you can. You can't give any other
effort less than what we gave with the last four or five minutes in
the game."

Mason had 20 points, Williams 18 and Fizer seven of his 14 in
the fourth as the Knicks dropped their seventh in the last 11 games
to Milwaukee.

"Both teams came in here and needed a win," Bucks coach Terry
Porter said. "I just thought we hung in there a little bit longer
and had more guys make plays."

The game was tied at 54 at halftime, but Milwaukee went up by
nine points several times in the third quarter. Williams hit two 3s
and a basket, and Redd and Mason each scored six to give the Bucks
an 82-73 lead going into the final quarter.

Game notes
Tim Thomas, traded by Milwaukee as part of a three-team
deal with New York on Feb. 14, 2004, was booed before each of his
free throws. It was his second trip back to the Bradley Center. ...
The Bucks (2-1) took the series after they split the first two
games at Madison Squared Garden. ... The Bucks improved to 23-8
when leading after three quarters.


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