Game Recaps - Day 1

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Bucks 22 14 15 25 76
Knicks 24 20 13 14 71
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Rookie guard T.J. Ford scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Milwaukee Bucks (1-0) overcome an eight point fourth-quarter deficit on their way to a 76-71 win over the New York Knicks (0-1) in the opening game of the Reebok Pro Summer League at Boston. In the fourth quarter the Bucks shot a sizzling 60 percent, while holding the Knicks to just 23.8 percent.

A key for the Bucks was that Ford (16 points, eight assists, and three rebounds) was able to get to the foul line in the final quarter. Ford cut an eight-point Knick lead in half with four free-throws in a 24-second span with 8:28 left in the game. Dan Gadzuric's three-point play cut the deficit to one and, after the teams traded baskets, Ford hit two more free-throws to give the Bucks the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter. After Michael Sweetney's three-point play put the Knicks back up by two, 64-62, Ford hit a 12-foot jumper to tie the game and fed Marcus Haislip for an alley oop dunk which put the Bucks ahead to stay, 68-66 with 3:41 left to play.

The Knicks controlled the first half, despite shooting just 38.5 percent and allowing the Bucks to hit 47.1 percent. Sweetney had 17 points and Frank Williams scored 14 of his game high 23 points as the Knicks led 44-36 at halftime. New York built its advantage at the free-throw line as Sweetney hit 6 of his 7 free throws. But New York's poor shooting from the field (5-for-17) in the third quarter allowed the Bucks, (who hit just 6 of their 16 third quarter attempts from the field), to stay in the game until Ford, the eighth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, began to make things happen in the fourth quarter to lead the Bucks to the win.

Haislip (19 points) led four Bucks in double figures. Amal McKaskill came off the bench for the Knicks to score eight points and pull down a game-high nine rebounds.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Wizards 13 6 12 19 50
Hawks 14 19 26 23 82
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The Washington Wizards never knew what hit them. Beginning with Elton Tyler's blocked shot which led to a Charles Smith basket and ending with a pair of Travis Hansen free-throws, the Atlanta Hawks (1-0) went on a 32-0 run from 5:47 of the third quarter to 7:19 of the fourth quarter to break open a close game and run away with an 82-50 win over the Wizards (0-1) at the Reebok Pro Summer League in Boston. Atlanta's bench was the difference as Hansen, Damon Thornton, Tommy Adams and Chris Porter combined for 26 points during Atlanta's run. The Hawks' reserves almost doubled the output of their starters (52-30) and outscored the Wizards' reserves 52-10.

The Hawks gave a preview of what was to happen later, outscoring the Wizards 19-6 in the second quarter to turn a 14-13 lead after one, into a 33-19 halftime advantage. Most of the damage was once again done by the Hawks' bench which scored 11 of their team's 19 points. The Wizards were their own worst enemies in the quarter connecting on just 2 of 13 shots from the floor (15.4 percent).

The Wizards went on a run of their own to start the second half. Kwame Brown hit a pair of free-throws, a 19-footer and a layup to cut the Hawks lead to 35-31 with 5:47 left in the third. But those would be the last points the Wizards scored for almost a full quarter, by which time they trailed by 36 points thanks, again, to the Atlanta bench.

Adams led the Hawks with 12 points while Jarvis Hayes and Juan Dixon led the Wizards with 13 points each. Brown chipped in with 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Nets 28 14 22 22 86
Sixers 17 17 24 22 80
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Donny Marshall scored four crucial points in the final minute of the game and Brian Scalabrine led five Nets in double-figures as New Jersey held off a late Philadelphia rally to post an 86-80 win at the Reebok Pro Summer League, Monday. The Nets (1-0) led by as many as 12 points with 6:23 left in the game before the 76ers (0-1), paced by ten fourth quarter points by Sam Clancy cut the gap to 82-78, with 1:06 remaining. But Marshall converted one-of-two from the line, and made a three-point play to seal the victory.

New Jersey led virtually the entire way, taking a lead they would never relinquish on a reverse layup by guard Zoran Planinic. The Nets shot a sizzling 64.7 percent in the quarter. Although they cooled down in the second quarter, the Nets defense clamped down and held the 76ers to just 12 shots and led 42-34 at the half.

The Nets defense remained stingy in the third quarter as they held the 76ers to just 11 shots from the floor. John Salmons kept Philadelphia in the game with 14 points in the quarter, including 8-for-12 from the free-throw line. Marshall and Planinic each scored five for the Nets and they held a 64-58 lead after three. A basket by Scalabrine and a 19-foot jumper and a layup by Jason Hart gave the Nets a 12-point cushion at 70-58 with 8:04 remaining. Clancy and Salmons helped the 76ers get back in the game and gave them a chance to win before Marshall's heroics sealed the victory for the Nets.

Scalabrine (20 points) and Marshall, (17) led the Nets. Salmons led all scorers with 29 points while Clancy added 17 points and seven rebounds to pace the 76ers.

Written by: Mike Swartz

Cavaliers 18 20 24 22 84
Celtics 29 16 28 14 87
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J.R. Bremer out-shone LeBron James, the NBA's top pick in the 2003 Draft, and the Boston Celtics withstood a late Cleveland rally to record an 87-84 win at the Reebok Pro Summer League at Boston. James showed why he is considered a sure NBA superstar as he scored 25 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out five assists. but it was not enough as Bremer, and Kedrick Brown combined for eight points in the final five minutes to secure the win for Boston (1-0).

Boston's hot shooting (12-21, 57.1 percent) combined with Cleveland's slow start from the floor (8-22, 36.4 percent) allowed the Celtics to take a 29-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. Boston rookie guard Marcus Banks scored six points while James hit just one of his first four shots while Bremer scored 12 for Boston. James warmed up and scored ten points in the second quarter. But nine points by Boston rookie Brandon Hunter allowed Boston to maintain a nine-point advantage at the half, 45-38.

Boston shot the lights out in the third quarter, hitting 9 of 15 shots from the floor (60 percent) with Bremer and Brown combining for 13 points as Boston took a 73-62 lead into the fourth quarter. James almost single-handedly led the Cavaliers back with a driving dunk, an 18-foot fade away jumper, a thunderous alley oop dunk to close the gap and after a fast-break layup by Carlos Boozer, the Cavaliers were within three, 79-76 with 2:22 left in the game. But Brown hit a 17-footer and Bremer drained a 3-pointer to expand Boston's lead back to eight. Three-pointers by Roberto Bergerson and James were not enough as the Celtics held of for the win.

The Cavaliers took some solice in the loss. "We were down almost the whole game" noted James "The way we bounced back in the fourth quarter - that's what really impressed me."

Bremer led all scorers with 28 points and added six assists, Brown scored 16 points and led both teams with ten rebounds and Hunter chipped in with 13 points and five rebounds. Boozer added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Written by: Mike Swartz

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