New York (20-25) at Milwaukee (23-22)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Milwaukee, WI
Temp: 56° F
  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Feb 1, 2003
  • TV: MSG, WCGV
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MILWAUKEE (TICKER) —The Milwaukee Bucks try to move two games over .500 for the first time this season when they host the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Since falling a season-high six games below .500 on January 7, Milwaukee has won nine of 11 games.

On Thursday, Sam Cassell scored 10 of his 31 points in the final 4:15 as the Bucks rallied for a 97-90 victory over the Washington Wizards. The Bucks trailed, 82-79, until Cassell sank two free throws and a 13-footer with 3:35 to go for the lead, which Milwaukee never relinquished.

Tim Thomas scored 17 points and Ray Allen added 16 as the Bucks improved to 1-1 on their season-high eight-game homestand. Former Knick Anthony Mason had eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists against Washington.

Milwaukee is 12-10 at the Bradley Center this season, including a 94-90 win over the Knicks on December 21.

The Knicks avoided another fourth-quarter meltdown Friday as they held on for a 108-102 victory in Memphis.

Guard Howard Eisley scored seven of his career-high 30 points in the final two minutes as the Knicks avoided blowing a 17-point lead.

The Knicks won for the sixth time in eight games thanks to Eisley, who made 12-of-15 shots and dished out eight assists. He became their first point guard to score 30 points since Mark Jackson on April 10, 1992.

The Bucks have won both meetings with the Knicks this year due to Cassell’s play in the fourth quarter.

In their win here, Cassell scored six of his 25 points in the final two minutes of the game.

In Milwaukee’s 97-88 win at New York on November 4, Cassell scored 11 of his 22 points in the final 12 minutes.

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