Bucks leave Wizards with rundown feeling

Milwaukee rolls, 105-90

playoff hopes dwindle

Pro Basketball

April 04, 2002|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

MILWAUKEE - As if Tuesday night's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers didn't prove the point to the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks reinforced the notion that the NBA game is one of runs.

The Wizards, who were blistered by two Lakers runs in the first quarter Tuesday, got slammed by a long, first-half Bucks blitz and a shorter one in the fourth quarter that snuffed out a Washington comeback try.

The result: a 105-90 Milwaukee win that placed the playoff hopes of the Wizards on life support.

With only seven games remaining in the regular season, and with Michael Jordan now out for the rest of the year, Washington (34-41) now trails Indiana by three games in the chase for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Wizards" loss dropped them two games behind Toronto, which is in ninth place in the con ference.

The Wizards, who fell behind Milwaukee (39-35) by as much as 24 points, trimmed the lead to eight late in the third period, but watched as the Bucks outscored them 10-4 to start the fourth. For mer Dunbar star Sam Cassell (19 points, 12 assists) hit three jump ers in the run to help seal the contest.

Glenn Robinson connected for 38 points, hitting 13-of-24 from the field, including seven of nine in the second half. Greg Anthony scored 16 points off the bench for Milwaukee, while Anthony Mason had 15 points and seven assists from the power forward slot.

The Bucks, a notorious jump-shooting team, connected for 51 percent from the floor, and made seven of 12 three-pointers, while turning 20 Washington turnovers into 24 points.

Courtney Alexander led Washington with 22 points. Richard Hamilton had 20 before he was ejected with 3:01 to go for pushing Darvin Ham in the back on a lay-up attempt for what was deemed by referees to be a Type 2 flagrant foul, the more serious of the fla grant fouls. Alexander had been called for a Type 1 flagrant foul on Robinson in the third period.

The Wizards were buried in the hail of a 37-8 Milwaukee run that spanned the first and second quarters, taking Washington from a five-point lead to a 24-point deficit as Robinson had 22 points in the first half despite shooting 6-for-15 from the field.

However, the "Big Dog' hit both of his three-point attempts and made eight of nine free throws.

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