Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 3/11

Game 1: Tuesday, March 11th
Spurs105Final
Bucks102
Game 2: Tuesday, March 25th
Bucks94Final
Spurs107

Bucks 94

(34-37, 15-21 away)

Spurs 107

 

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:00 PM ET, March 25, 2003

    AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 22 20 27 2594
    SA 24 28 33 22107

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: S. Cassell 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    San Antonio: T. Duncan 31 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    Spurs three games back of Dallas for top spot

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Milwaukee Bucks coach George Karl thinks David Robinson's last season in San Antonio could end with a championship.

     Tim Duncan
    Duncan

    Tim Duncan scored 31 points in 36 minutes and Speedy Claxton had 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Spurs over Milwaukee 107-94 Tuesday night.

    "Duncan had a great game and they didn't even go through him all night," Karl said. "His greatness just comes out as he gets in the flow of the game.

    "I'd say they are my favorite right now. They are unreal when they have it all going."

    Robinson, who plans to retire after this season, was honored at halftime and after the game for his 13 years with San Antonio. He scored 10 points.

    The Spurs are 31-7 since Jan. 1, and only three games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the top spot in the Western Conference.

    "We have so much work left to do," Robinson said. "We're in the middle of a battle to catch Dallas. We have a long way to go. I've been trying so hard not to think about (retiring)."

    Duncan was 12-of-16 from the field and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

    Claxton came off the bench to replace starting point guard Tony Parker, who left with a sprained right wrist at the end of the first quarter. The third-year guard finished with career highs in assists and rebounds.

    "You have to mentally prepare yourself because you never know when someone is going to go down or have a bad game. I wasn't going for the triple-double," the 5-foot-11 point guard said. "When I was one assist away and one rebound away, I started to think about it."

    Parker is expected to play against the Houston Rockets.

    Malik Rose added 18 points for the Spurs.

    Sam Cassell led the Bucks with 19 points. Desmond Mason had 17, Tim Thomas 15, Michael Redd 15 and Gary Payton 12.

    The Spurs, who have already clinched a playoff spot, swept the two-game season series from the Bucks for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

    San Antonio led the entire way and took its largest lead of 21 points at the 4:24 mark in the fourth quarter, when Rose hit a 15-foot jumper.

    The Spurs shot 50 percent from the field and made 22 of 26 free throws.

    "They're just playing good basketball right now, everybody on the team from top to bottom. They are just playing ball right now," Payton said.

    Milwaukee tried to make a run but could only cut the deficit to 11 when Cassell hit a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to go.

    Game notes
    Parker was injured while driving for a layup and falling to the floor. ... The Spurs are 23-1 when scoring at least 100 points. ... San Antonio evened the all-time series 29-29. ... Bucks forward Anthony Mason returned after missing four games with a sore left hip. ... Bucks center Joel Przybilla was charged with a flagrant foul and ejected for a hard foul on Rose with 5:04 left.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIL
    SA
    Points 94 107
    FGM-FGA 34-77 (.442) 40-80 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 5-19 (.263)
    FTM-FTA 21-28 (.750) 22-26 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-33 11-44
    Assists 19 33
    Turnovers 13 15
    Steals 5 8
    Blocks 5 7
    Fast Break Points 3 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/1) 27 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee
    San Antonio
    Sam Cassell Cassell
    Points: 19
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 31
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2