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Bucks given second chance to top Magic

A 59-42 rebounding edge is key for Milwaukee, which wins 103-90 to open its East series against Orlando.

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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 23, 2001


A 59-42 rebounding edge is key for Milwaukee, which wins 103-90 to open its East series against Orlando.

MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks made a good first impression only because they got so many second-chance points.

Milwaukee beat Orlando 103-90 Sunday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series despite a poor shooting performance from their big three contributors on offense.

Sam Cassell, Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson missed 19 of their first 24 shots and finished 17-for-52.

Milwaukee, champion of the Central Division for the first time in 15 years, beat Orlando for the 10th straight time.

Scott Williams got 19 points and 16 rebounds, leading the Bucks to a 59-42 edge in rebounding.

That advantage led to 25 second-chance points, 18 more than Orlando, which got a career playoff-high 33 points from Tracy McGrady.

The Magic used an 8-0 run, highlighted by McGrady's dunk and jumper, to pull to 94-90 with 2:17 left. But then it was Orlando's turn to go cold and the Bucks scored the final nine points.

Allen finished with 18 points, Cassell 16 and Robinson 14. Reserves Tim Thomas and Ervin Johnson added 12 each, though Thomas left in the fourth quarter after straining his back.

The only other Magic player in double figures was reserve Pat Garrity, who scored 14.

The Bucks got 34 points from their reserves and 23 offensive rebounds to 10 for the Magic.

The Bucks led 94-82 on a basket by Johnson with 5:55 left before the Magic scored eight straight.

Thomas was playing for the first time since injuring his right shoulder April 10.

The Bucks owned the best home record (31-10) in the East in the regular season.

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