Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/23

Game 1: Tuesday, January 23rd
Bucks96Final
Clippers115
Game 2: Wednesday, March 21st
Clippers104Final
Bucks103

Clippers 104

(32-36, 11-24 away)

Bucks 103

(25-42, 16-16 home)

    7:00 PM ET, March 21, 2007

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 30 35 25 14104
    MIL 24 28 19 32103

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Hart scores winner as Clippers squeak by Bucks

    Associated Press

    MILWAUKEE -- Jason Hart wasn't about to share any of the credit.

    Hart made the go-ahead basket -- he called it his first game-winning shot since high school -- with 3 seconds left to give the Los Angeles Clippers a 104-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

    Elias Says
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    Jason Hart's game-winning field-goal with three seconds remaining in the game gave the Clippers a 104-103 triumph at Milwaukee. The Clippers are 5-0 this season in games decided by a single point, after playing (and winning) only one minimum-margin game all of last season. They own the league's longest current winning streak in one-point games (six in a row, one more than the Spurs).

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    Hart's shot from the baseline bounced twice on the side of the rim before falling in. Elton Brand's hand went up for a tip-in, but he did not touch the ball.

    "He didn't tip it," Hart said. "It was right there. It was clear as day. If he had tipped it, the way they were calling the game, they would have called a no-basket. The high flyers, they know not to tip the ball around because of the chance it is going to be goaltending."

    What was Brand's take on the play?

    "I don't know. I don't know," Brand said, smiling. "We'll have to look at the videotape. All I know is the ball went in. I didn't touch it."

    Corey Maggette scored 22 points and Brand had 21 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which moved into the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

    Milwaukee, which trailed by 22 points late in the third quarter, got 27 points and five rebounds from Michael Redd. It was his fifth straight game with at least 25 points.

    "We did a great job coming back, but you've got to look at the first three quarters," Redd said.

    A jumper by Hart gave Los Angeles its biggest lead, 88-66 with 2:24 left in the third quarter.

    But Milwaukee used a 12-0 run to get back in the game, capped by a free throw by Charlie Bell to trim the deficit to 99-98 with 2:26 left.

    After a free throw by Brand, Bell drilled a 3-pointer that gave Milwaukee a 101-100 lead, its first since 9-8, with 1:13 remaining. Brian Skinner's two free throws gave the Bucks a 103-100 lead with 58 seconds left.

    The Clippers, who wrapped up their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record, got a basket by Maggette to trim the margin to 103-102 with 45 seconds to play.

    Milwaukee then turned the ball over on a 24-second violation that gave the ball to Los Angeles for its final possession.

    "It's been a very good trip for us," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Anything better than 3-3 is a great trip. We have played well on this trip, other then we have had some bad spurts. We need to try and build off this momentum."

    After Hart's bucket, Skinner caught an inbounds pass in the lane but dribbled it away.

    "It's not the last play that determined the game," Skinner said.

    Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak lost for the first time after starting 2-0. But he lost more than just the game.

    Bucks center Andrew Bogut and forward Charlie Villanueva will miss the rest of the season because of injuries. Bogut missed a game for the first time in his career because of a sprained left foot.

    Villanueva, also a second-year player, has developed recurrent right shoulder pain that will require arthroscopic surgery.

    The Bucks announced in the second quarter that neither player would return this season.

    Nine players were in uniform for the Bucks. Besides Bogut and Villanueva, Earl Boykins did not play because of a right thumb sprain.

    "Did we deserve to win the game for three quarters? Probably not," Krystkowiak said. "Were we in position to pull it off and be on SportsCenter? Yeah."

    Game notes


    Clippers G Sam Cassell sat out the second half with back spasms. ... Los Angeles has won five straight games against Milwaukee. ... The Bucks were trying to win a third straight game for just the third time this season. ... Milwaukee has one game left on its seven-game homestand and 15 games left in the season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    MIL
    Points 104 103
    FGM-FGA 40-79 (.506) 35-74 (.473)
    3PM-3PA 3-5 (.600) 4-10 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 21-26 (.808) 29-33 (.879)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-33 14-40
    Assists 21 19
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 9 7
    Blocks 7 3
    Fast Break Points 4 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 20 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 22 5

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Milwaukee
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0