Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Tuesday, November 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 16th

Bucks 90

(5-2, 3-1 away)

Warriors 87

(5-4, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, November 16, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 26 22 27 1590
    GS 21 24 15 2787

    Top Performers

    Mil: B. Simmons 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    GS: J. Richardson 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Bucks end 17-game West losing streak

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks finally ended their road woes against the Western Conference in the very place their coach worked all last season.

    It wasn't easy.

    Michael Redd scored 27 points to help the Bucks end a 17-game road losing streak against the West with a wild 90-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

    Bobby Simmons had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who also ended a three-game losing streak to Golden State and survived a late comeback attempt by the Warriors in the final seconds.

    "Tonight was especially important for us, coming off a big loss last night to the Clippers," said Bucks point guard T.J. Ford, whose 13 assists were one shy of his career high set earlier this month. "It's the NBA. Every team makes a run. We just tried to keep our composure."

    Baron Davis hit a 3-pointer with 59.9 seconds left to pull Golden State to 87-85. The teams then had a jump ball with 34.8 seconds to play and five ticks remaining on the Bucks' shot clock. Joe Smith won the jump against Davis and tipped the ball to Ford, who scored a runner in the lane with 29.8 left for the Bucks.

    Troy Murphy scored on the other end, then Derek Fisher fouled Ford for his sixth personal with 14.2 to go. Ford missed the first shot before sinking the second to give Milwaukee a 90-87 lead.

    Jason Richardson missed a 3 with just under 10 seconds to go, but Simmons missed two free throws to give Golden State another chance with 6.3 seconds on the clock. Davis missed a desperation jumper with 3.9 left, but his foot was on the line and it wouldn't have tied the game had it gone in. He finished 4-for-21 from the field.

    Milwaukee snapped its skid against the West in the very place it started: The Oakland Arena. The Bucks hadn't won away from home against the West since a 112-101 victory at Sacramento on March 23, 2004, dropping all 15 road games against the other conference last season. The losing streak started at Golden State on March 24.

    Richardson had 21 points and eight rebounds and Mickael Pietrus added 18 points off the bench for Golden State, which couldn't overcome its 15-point third period when the Warriors shot 4-for-20.

    "We just didn't play good basketball in the third quarter," said Davis, who had 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. "We had chances to tie it and we and didn't take the lead. ... We've got to come out with a sense of urgency. A lot of times with us, that starts with mental preparation."

    Golden State pulled within 85-80 on a basket by Pietrus with 3:36 to play, but Davis missed a layin the next time down the floor and Redd answered on the other end.

    Smith, slowed by a knee injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season, made his first start for the Bucks in place of forward Andrew Bogut. Smith finished with nine points and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes and Milwaukee began the third quarter with an 18-5 spurt to build a 66-50 lead.

    The Bucks bounced back a night after their worst loss of the season, a 109-85 defeat against the Clippers in Los Angeles in which Milwaukee was outrebounded for the first time all season.

    Fisher added 14 points and six assists for the Warriors (5-4), who still have matched their best start through nine games since beginning 7-2 in 1994-95 -- the first of 11 straight seasons Golden State missed the playoffs to begin the league's current worst postseason drought.

    Stotts made his return to Oakland after serving on Golden State coach Mike Montgomery's staff last season. The Warriors beat the Bucks 110-103 in Milwaukee on Nov. 8 with a strong shooting performance.

    "It was fresh in our mind and I was glad our guys had a lot of focus on contesting their shots and not letting them have as many good looks as they did last week," Stotts said.

    Golden State fell behind 21-12 in the first quarter before using a 24-11 run to get back into the game, pulling within 48-45 at halftime despite poor shooting by both clubs.

    But in the third quarter, the Warriors quit doing what had been working for them early: driving hard to the basket and drawing fouls.

    "We can't expect to come out and play like that in the third quarter and expect to beat anybody," Murphy said. "For a stretch, that's the worst we've been all season."

    Game notes

    Stotts was ready to see Smith as a starter. "If Joe would have been healthy at the start of the season, he would have started," Stotts said. "Joe's shown he's ready to go." ... The Warriors have already played twice against the Bucks, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls -- giving them only six opponents through nine games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 87
    FGM-FGA 33-84 (.393) 29-79 (.367)
    3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 9-29 (.310)
    FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 20-29 (.690)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-58 9-42
    Assists 23 21
    Turnovers 15 11
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 1 10
    Fast Break Points 19 28
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 18 4

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Bobby Simmons Simmons
    Points: 20
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0