Cassell scores seven points in final minute


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Sam Cassell and Ray Allen proved Milwaukee
Bucks coach George Karl wrong during a 42-point fourth quarter.

Cassell scored 26 points, including a key 3-pointer and four free throws in the last minute, and Allen had 28 to give Milwaukee a 115-110 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

"I was wrong," Karl said. "I told them they couldn't win it by making it a shootout in the fourth quarter, but that is exactly what they did."

Tim Thomas added 22 points for the Bucks, who won their sixth straight game and 10th straight in the regular season over Orlando. The Bucks also beat the Magic 3-1 in a first-round playoff series last season.

Mike Miller led Orlando with 25 points and Tracy McGrady added 22.

Cassell's 3-pointer gave the Bucks a 109-108 lead with 47 seconds left. He added two free throws with 16.4 seconds remaining for a 111-108 lead.

"They hit big shots and the momentum shifted. Cassell hit that big shot, and everything just kind of did a U-turn," McGrady said.

McGrady made two free throws with 12.6 seconds left to pull the
Magic to within one, but Cassell added two more from the line with
10.7 seconds remaining. Michael Redd added two free throws for the final margin.

"We stepped up and played aggressive in the fourth quarter," said Cassell, whose team outscored the Magic 42-27 in the final quarter. "I don't think they wanted me taking that shot from that distance, but it went in for a 3."

The Magic went on an 8-0 run late in the third quarter to open a 75-67 lead. Troy Hudson scored on an acrobatic layup as time ran out in the quarter to put the Magic up 83-73.

Orlando built the margin to 90-79 early in the fourth quarter, but the Bucks closed to 96-94 on Allen's 3-pointer with 5:28 left. Allen tied it at 99 with a basket with 4:01 left.

Darrell Armstrong hit a jumper to give Orlando a 103-101 lead,
and Hudson made his 3-pointer at the two-minute mark for a 106-101
score. But, the Bucks came back.

"To come back like that is a real thrill," Allen said. "I don't think I could ever watch something like that from the stands or even the bench. It was fun to be part of that.

"You know their coach was telling them they hadn't beat us in a long time. We knocked them out of the playoffs last season too, so they came in here and played real hard."

The Bucks took 23 fewer shots and committed 13 turnovers to only three for Orlando, but outrebounded the Magic, 44-38, and shot 53.9 percent to 44.4 percent for the Magic.

"We only had three turnovers, but I thought we were too passive," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "We weren't aggressive at all (in the fourth quarter)."

Miller shot 8-of-11 shots, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range,
to score 20 points in the first half to give the Magic a 55-50
lead. Miller turned his ankle in the fourth quarter, but did return
for the closing minutes.

Game notes
Friday's game was the first between the Magic and Bucks
since Milwaukee won a first-round playoff series last year 3-1.
...The Magic played their 22nd road game Friday, which tied them
with the Bucks and Philadelphia for the most in the NBA. ... Bucks
forward Glenn Robinson missed his 10th straight game with a left
thigh bruise. Coach George Karl did not expect Robinson to suit up
for Saturday's game at Atlanta. Karl hoped Robinson might be ready
next Tuesday.