Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/13

Game 1: Friday, January 13th
Game 2: Saturday, January 21st
Game 3: Saturday, February 11th

Bucks 103

(19-15, 9-8 away)

Bobcats 102

(11-25, 7-10 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 13, 2006

    Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 31 26 22 24103
    CHA 15 31 32 24102

    Top Performers

    Mil: A. Bogut 18 Pts, 17 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Cha: G. Wallace 21 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 8 Stl, 4 Blk

    Ford's layup lifts Bucks past injury-riddled Bobcats

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks blew an 18-point lead against a second-year expansion team missing three starters to injury, then found a way to win another close game.

    T.J. Ford's driving layup with 15 seconds left gave the Bucks a 103-102 win over the undermanned Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.

    The Bucks let the big second-quarter lead slip away against the Bobcats, who were missing six players to injury in all. But Milwaukee closed the game on 9-2 run to improve to 13-0 in games decided by six points or less.

    Michael Redd scored 26 points, Bobby Simmons added 20 and rookie Andrew Bogut had 18 points and a career high-tying 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who overcame 23 turnovers.

    "We turned the ball over too much tonight, but in the last three minutes we stepped up," Redd said. "Our confidence in close games prevailed tonight."

    After Charlotte missed two shots, Ford picked up a loose ball near midcourt, drove the lane and laid it in to put the Bucks ahead.

    "We got lucky and scrambled and got the loose ball and picked it up," Ford said. "I'm so happy I was in the right place at the right time and finished."

    The Bobcats had a chance to win it, but Jumaine Jones and Matt Carroll both missed long jumpers before the buzzer.

    "We had two good looks in the last few seconds," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "You had guys who shoot the ball from the outside, and shoot it well, that took the shots. Call it the bounce of the basketball."

    Gerald Wallace had 21 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and a team record-tying eight steals for Charlotte. Raymond Felton added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Bobcats lost for the sixth time in seven games.

    The Bobcats took their first lead at 82-80 on Felton's jumper with 10:02 left in the game. They pushed the lead to 88-82 on Felton's 3-pointer with 3:26 left.

    Charlotte dressed just nine players. Point guard Brevin Knight was a game-day scratch with back spasms. Emeka Okafor missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle and was wearing a protective boot. Kareem Rush (finger), Melvin Ely (ankle), Sean May (knee) and Jake Voskuhl (ankle) also did not play.

    Milwaukee took advantage of Charlotte's small lineup right away. The Bucks had 18 points in the paint and Bogut had 12 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter to take a 31-15 lead.

    The lead reached 35-17 before the Bobcats rallied behind Wallace. He had five steals in the second quarter, three which ended in powerful dunks. The last steal and dunk made it 43-37 with 3:46 left.

    "By the time the second quarter came around we had dug ourselves a hole. I had to find a some kind of way to help us out," said Wallace, whose eight steals were an NBA season high and three shy of the league record held by Larry Kenon and Kendall Gill. "I had to get my (sore) hamstring loose, and I knew I had to step it up."

    The Bucks expanded the lead to 13 in the third quarter, but Charlotte used a 20-4 run to take the lead, with Carroll scoring nine points in the spurt.

    "My hats off to Charlotte, they did a hell of a job," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "They played short-handed with not much to lose and did a great job."

    Game Notes
    Bickerstaff said Knight would play Saturday at Detroit, but none of the other injured players are ready to return. "The only member of the calvary coming over the hill will be Brevin," Bickerstaff said. ... Milwaukee guard Mo Williams missed his third straight game with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He received treatment before the game, but his return is uncertain. ... The Bucks players and coaching staff Thursday watched the movie "Glory Road," the story of Texas Western winning the 1966 national championship while fielding the first all-black starting five. "We wanted to do it on the road. I think the players enjoyed it," Stotts said.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 102
    FGM-FGA 37-77 (.481) 41-91 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 9-29 (.310)
    FTM-FTA 26-32 (.813) 11-19 (.579)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-48 11-38
    Assists 22 20
    Turnovers 23 13
    Steals 8 19
    Blocks 7 8
    Fast Break Points 10 28
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 6

    Top Performers

    Andrew Bogut Bogut
    Points: 18
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Gerald Wallace Wallace
    Points: 21
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 8
    Blk: 4