Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/19

Game 1: Tuesday, November 19th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 4th
Game 3: Sunday, March 30th
Game 4: Monday, March 31st

Heat 97

(2-7, 1-2 away)

Bucks 93

(5-5, 4-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 19, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 32 24 24 1797
    MIL 25 27 16 2593

    Top Performers

    Mia: M. Allen 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Mil: R. Allen 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

    Heat rookie Butler returns home with 20 points

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Caron Butler, Vladimir Stepania and Malik Allen saved their best performances for the same game.

    All posted season highs to lead the Miami Heat to a 97-93 win Tuesday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Rookie Butler, who played at Park High School in nearby Racine, had 20 points in his first appearance before his home state fans. Stepania added a career-high 15 rebounds and Allen a career-high 13.

    Eddie Jones scored 22 points, and Travis Best added 19 for the Heat. who improved to 2-7. Ray Allen had 24 points for the Bucks, who dropped to 5-5.

    "We played very well for 3 quarters,'' Miami coach Pat Riley said. "Then, we turned it over, and Ray took over for a while, but we pulled it out.''

    The Heat took a 12-point lead into the final quarter and held off two Milwaukee rallies. Allen cut the margin to 96-93, on a 3-point shot with 30.6 seconds left. The Bucks got the ball back and Toni Kukoc put up another 3-pointer that missed.

    Jones sank one of two throws with 4.6 seconds left to put Miami up 97-93. Butler stole the ball from Michael Redd as the Bucks tried to work for a final shot.

    Earlier in the quarter, Allen and Kukoc hit back-to-back 3-point shots to pull Milwaukee within 87-82 with 6:48 left. Allen cut the margin to three with a layup as the clock dipped under 6 minutes.

    The Heat went on a 7-0 run and regained a double-digit lead when Best hit a 3-pointer with 3:43 left.

    "They played with a lot more urgency that we did,'' Bucks coach George Karl said. "We came out cool and casual. The way we handled success (a win over Boston Saturday night) was very disappointing.''

    Butler played before more than 40 family members in the crowd of 13,632 at the Bradley Center.

    "It was really fun to be out there,'' he said. "My loved ones really turned out to support me. It was a beautiful thing.''

    Miami led for most the game and was ahead 80-68 by the end of the third quarter. The Bucks shot only 25 percent (6-of-24) in the third quarter.

    "We didn't come in ready to play the game,'' Kukoc said. "They played hard for 48 minutes. We're not a team that is good enough to pick who we're going to play hard against.''

    Game notes

    Allen was taken to a local hospital for a precautionary examination after the game. He was hit in the head in the second quarter, but played 34 minutes...The Heat have the best record (35-17) of any NBA team against Milwaukee. ... Bucks center Joel Przybilla practiced Monday and could be getting close to coming off the injured list (left ankle bone spurs). "We have Wednesday and Thursday practices,'' coach George Karl said. "We should know more about his status after Thursday's practice.''

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 93
    FGM-FGA 40-82 (.488) 34-87 (.391)
    3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 7-21 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 12-19 (.632) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-50 12-40
    Assists 23 17
    Turnovers 13 9
    Steals 4 5
    Blocks 2 1
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 19 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Malik Allen Allen
    Points: 16
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 24
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0