Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 1/13

Game 1: Friday, January 13th
Game 2: Saturday, January 21st
Game 3: Saturday, February 11th

Bobcats 93

(14-38, 4-22 away)

Bucks 99

(26-23, 16-9 home)

Coverage: NE14

7:30 PM ET, February 11, 2006

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1 2 3 4 T
CHA 25 28 20 2093
MIL 27 22 25 2599

Top Performers

Cha: M. Ely 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast

Mil: J. Magloire 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast

Five Bucks hit double figures in win over Bobcats

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Before hustling out of town to try to beat a blizzard to New Jersey, the Milwaukee Bucks again took care of business at home.

Milwaukee won its fifth straight home game, beating the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats 99-93 Saturday night.

Michael Redd scored 18 points to lead the Bucks to another close victory. Milwaukee beat Orlando in double-overtime Wednesday.

"Man, it's always good to get a 'W' -- blowout, close, whatever," Bucks forward Joe Smith said. "But lately, we've had a couple close ones, and it's always good to get a 'W."

The Bobcats, again playing without their top three scorers because of injuries, got 21 points from Melvin Ely.

"We have to ad lib, which is basically what we've been doing," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "The group has done a nice job adjusting. We have to do different things with different personnel."

Bobcats guard Brevin Knight missed his second straight game with a knee injury. The Bobcats already were without leading scorer Gerald Wallace, who injured his knee last month. Emeka Okafor, the Bobcats' second-leading scorer and top rebounder, has played in only one game since spraining his right ankle Dec. 19.

Bobcats guard Raymond Felton also missed Friday's game because of a sprained toe, but Felton returned to score 14 Saturday.

"Raymond tried to gut it out," Bickerstaff said. "He probably should not have played."

As good as the Bucks have been at home, they've been just as bad on the road, having lost four straight. They'll get a chance to redeem themselves Sunday, presuming the weather cooperates.

Milwaukee is scheduled to play at New Jersey on Sunday night, but a nor'easter snowstorm is causing flight delays and cancellations on the East Coast. Bucks general manager Larry Harris said he expected to make the game.

The Bucks have won three of their last four games, thanks in large part to their defense. With the victory, the Bucks have held their last eight opponents to 94 or fewer points.

"We tightened it up defensively in the fourth quarter," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "I'd like for us to be more consistent with our defense over 48 minutes. It's something that over the last three or four weeks that we've honed in on, we just have to make sure we do it throughout the game."

T.J. Ford's acrobatic driving layup -- a Michael Jordan-type shot -- put the Bucks ahead 95-91 with 11 seconds left in the game. Ford, who switched the ball from his right to his left hand while in the air, joked that he "tried to imitate M.J."

Ely, who played much of the fourth quarter with five fouls, said the Bobcats had too many defensive lapses.

"T.J. is an extremely fast guy," Ely said. "We played hard and we just dropped the ball."

The Bucks were leading 93-89 when Charlotte's Matt Carroll intercepted Andrew Bogut's pass. Ely made a layup to bring the Bobcats within 93-91 with 1:56 left.

The Bobcats had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Kevin Burleson was called for an offensive foul.

Redd missed a shot on the other end, but Jamaal Magloire grabbed an offensive rebound and the Bucks called timeout with 24 seconds left in the game and 15 on the shot clock.

Ford's layup put the Bucks ahead 95-91 with 11 seconds to play. Carroll missed a 3-pointer, but Charlie Bell fouled him with 10 seconds remaining. Carroll hit two of three free throws, bringing the Bobcats within two.

Redd hit two free throws and the Bobcats' Bernard Robinson missed a layup. Bell was fouled on the rebound and hit two free throws, putting Milwaukee ahead 99-93.

The Bobcats have lost two in a row.

Game Notes
Bobcats guard Kareem Rush was not with the team Saturday because of undisclosed personal reasons. ... Bucks guard Jermaine Jackson missed Saturday's game because of a death in the family, Stotts said. ... The Bucks also had travel issues after Monday night's game in Cleveland, when their plane had to make an unscheduled landing in Grand Rapids, Mich. because of a mechanical problem. ... The Bucks are 7-0 against the Bobcats.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 93 99
FGM-FGA 33-75 (.440) 36-77 (.468)
3PM-3PA 6-22 (.273) 3-10 (.300)
FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 24-30 (.800)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-37 13-39
Assists 27 25
Turnovers 16 13
Steals 7 8
Blocks 5 9
Fast Break Points 6 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 26 (1/0)
Largest Lead 9 8

Top Performers

Melvin Ely Ely
Points: 21
Reb: 7
Ast: 5
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Jamaal Magloire Magloire
Points: 15
Reb: 9
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0