Archive for Thursday, April 26, 2001

NBA Playoffs: Bucks blast Magic

Milwaukee takes 2-0 lead in series

April 26, 2001

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— Ray Allen wouldn't be bullied by Andrew DeClercq or burned by Tracy McGrady.

Fired up by a flagrant foul from DeClercq, Allen scored a personal playoff-best 27 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Orlando 103-96 Wednesday night and took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.

In the fourth quarter, Allen slowed down McGrady after the Magic's 21-year-old star appeared primed to win the game by himself.

McGrady scored a career playoff-high 35 points, but just five in the fourth quarter as the Magic lost for the 11th straight time to Milwaukee.

"He was smoking," Allen said. "I had a chance to sit back and watch him and he had a real good rhythm making jumpshots. He thought he was going to post me up a little bit more and he had a little spin move. And I was right there in his pocket."

Sam Cassell added 26 points for the Bucks, who won consecutive playoff games for the first time since 1989, when they beat Atlanta two straight en route to a 3-2 series win, the last time Milwaukee advanced past the first round.

Game 3 shifts to Orlando on Saturday night.

The Magic tried to transform themselves from a finesse team to a physical one, and they sent the Bucks to the line 33 times.

Allen was 11-of-13 from the foul line and Cassell made all nine of his free throws as the Bucks outscored Orlando 25-9 from the stripe.

Kings 116, Suns 90

Sacramento, Calif. Peja Stojakovic scored 22 points and Jason Williams had 18 as the Sacramento Kings evened their first-round playoff series with a 116-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night in Game 2.

Led by inspired play from point guards Williams and Bobby Jackson, who made his first six shots and finished with 16 points, the Kings jumped to a 22-point first-half lead and never let up on the way to the franchise's biggest playoff victory since April 7, 1951.

The Kings didn't even need much help from Chris Webber, who still had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Game 3 will be played Sunday in Phoenix.

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