Robertson sparks Bucks to 97-95 win over Bullets

November 29, 1992|By Lori Nickel | Lori Nickel,Contributing Writer

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks are known for their youth, but it was eight-year veteran Alvin Robertson who helped them hang on last night for a 97-95 victory over the Washington Bullets at the Bradley Center.

His 15-footer brought the Bucks to within 76-75 late in the fourth quarter. The Bullets missed on the other end, and a quick outlet from Blue Edwards to Frank Brickowski gave Milwaukee a 96-95 lead with 1:38 left.

In crunch time, Washington missed one shot from the field and turned the ball over when Pervis Ellison dribbled the ball off his foot. The Bucks then stopped second, third and fourth efforts by the Bullets to hold on.

L The Bullets' last-second shot from Doug Overton didn't fall.

"We had turnovers and missed shots, that's all," Bullets coach Wes Unseld said. "It wasn't a lack of concentration or miscommunication. The big thing with us is getting into a set offense. We weren't very effective, and I think we only had 12 points off the bench -- 10 of those were from Larry [Stewart]."

Harvey Grant's game-leading 35 points weren't enough, as the Bullets fell to 4-9. The Bucks improved to 8-3.

In the first of four regular-season meetings between the teams, the Bullets and the Bucks virtually traded baskets from the opening tip-off. Grant and Overton paced the Bullets early. But the young Bucks came back with an early slam from forward Anthony Avent and a lay in from center Brickowski.

The Bullets' patience on offense broke down the third-best team defense in the league early on. Two misses and two turnovers by the Bucks midway through the first quarter also helped the Bullets pull ahead. During that time, forward Tom Gugliotta had a layup and guard LaBradford Smith stole the ball twice, once going coast to coast for the lay in.

rTC But it was Grant's 10 points and four assists that paced Washington in the first quarter to give the Bullets a 30-23 lead going into the second quarter.

But the Bucks, tied with the Bulls for first place in the Central Division, didn't back down. Rookie forward Todd Day came off the bench for the Bucks and hit a big three-pointer and another jumper after missing his first two shots to cut Washington's lead to 43-39.

Then Brickowski hit a charging Alaa Abdelnaby from the post with a bounce pass across the lane. Abdelnaby finished the play and the Bucks trailed by four.

To end the half, Ellison -- who was hot all quarter -- missed two free throws late, but Edwards two free throws brought the Bucks within one. The Bullets held on to a 47-46 lead at the half.

The lead see-sawed in the third quarter. Ellison tied things up at 62 with a lay-in half way through the quarter.

After Grant missed a jumper with 4:58 left in he quarter, he fouled Brickowski. The free throws gave the Bucks a 71-64 lead.

Gugliotta also picked up his fourth foul with 4:08 remaining in the third and his shooting cooled, sending Brickowski to the line again. He converted the shots for a 73-67 lead.

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