Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/4

Game 1: Friday, February 4th
Clippers90Final
Bucks92
Game 2: Wednesday, March 23rd
Bucks108Final
Clippers116

Clippers 90

(23-24, 6-14 away)

Bucks 92

(17-27, 12-10 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 4, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 26 22 25 1790
    MIL 21 22 28 2192

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 31 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Mil: M. Redd 32 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast

    Redd (32 points) hits go-ahead jumper to stay

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks are learning to win the close games.

    Redd scored 32 points, including the go-ahead basket with 15 seconds left, to lift the Bucks over the Los Angeles Clippers 92-90 Friday night.

    It was the second straight game the Bucks won after letting leads slip away in the final quarter.

    "It's definitely a good feeling to finish those type of games off," said Desmond Mason, who scored 15 points for the Bucks. "We've had a lot of those this year that went the other way on us."

    This one didn't as Milwaukee ended the Clippers' three-game winning streak and prevented Los Angeles (23-24) from climbing above the .500 mark for the first time in February since the 1992-93 season.

    "Their record might not show it, but they're a good team," said Elton Brand, who scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds. "They're fighting. They chase loose balls, and we didn't box out."

    The Bucks dominated on the boards, which helped prevent the Clippers from building more than an eight point lead. Milwaukee had 50 rebounds -- 19 offensive. The Clippers had 32 rebounds.

    "We didn't think we would come here and get crushed on the boards," Brand said.

    Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy added: "First off, 19 offensive rebounds was the story of the game."

    Bobby Simmons had 21 points for the Clippers, who fell to 1-1 on their NBA season-high nine-game road trip that began Thursday with a 106-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

    Corey Maggette, Los Angeles' leading scorer, missed his fourth consecutive game with a collar bone injury. Kerry Kittles was also out with a strained right groin.

    Neither team could build more than a two-point lead in the fourth quarter.

    The Clippers missed two chances to go ahead after Mason made two free throws that tied it at 90 with 1:06 to go.

    Marko Juric, who had 10 points and tied his season-high with 12 assists, couldn't connect and neither could Simmons. Joe Smith grabbed the rebound as the Bucks set up for their final play.

    Redd then hit a 17-footer after faking Quinton Ross out of position to give Milwaukee a 92-90 lead.

    Los Angeles called a timeout and set up a play for Brand, but the Bucks' defense was up to the challenge.

    "I go to the outlet for the play, but it wasn't there," said Brand, who passed to Jaric, who set up Brunson in the corner. "He got a pretty good shot, a semi-clean look. It's just disappointing."

    Brunson missed from 13 feet out and Dan Gadzuric, who had 11 points and 14 rebounds, grabbed the final rebound for the Bucks.

    Brand scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the third, including the last seven of the quarter, as the Clippers took a 73-71 lead into the fourth. Redd had 12 for the Bucks to keep Los Angeles from pulling away.

    Game notes


    The Bucks placed F Marcus Fizer on the injured list with a cut on his right elbow and activated F Zendon Hamilton, out the last 12 games with right knee discomfort. Fizer was hurt in the Jan. 21 game against Detroit. ... The Bucks improved to 1-6 against the Pacific Division this season. ... Ross, who replaced Maggette, started his eighth consecutive game at shooting guard. ... The Clippers had a season-low five turnovers. ... Each team had 46 points in the paint.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    MIL
    Points 90 92
    FGM-FGA 38-85 (.447) 36-83 (.434)
    3PM-3PA 4-11 (.364) 1-13 (.077)
    FTM-FTA 10-11 (.909) 19-22 (.864)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-32 19-50
    Assists 23 22
    Turnovers 5 13
    Steals 4 3
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 9 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 2

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Milwaukee
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 31
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 32
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0