MILWAUKEE, Nov. 10 (Ticker) --
The Milwaukee Bucks led the Eastern
Conference in scoring last season. They have used defense to
fuel their first two wins this season.
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and Michael Redd
scored 11 points each in the
fourth quarter and Maurice Williams
made some big plays down the
stretch as the Bucks rallied for a 102-100 victory over the
With just under a minute left, Mason sank two free throws after
securing an offensive rebound to give the Bucks a 100-98 lead -
their first since 16-15 midway through the first quarter.
Charlotte had a chance to win as Jason Hart
drove the lane and
kicked out to Steve Smith
for an open 3-pointer that was long.
Mason, who scored all of his points in the final period from the
line, grabbed the rebound and was fouled with three-tenths of a
second left, sinking 1-of-2 free throws.
"We got the look we wanted," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "We had the right guy taking the shot. It just didn't go
"I thought I got my feet set and did everything right," Smith
said. "If I would have hit it, we would have won. It felt good.
It felt real good. Jason Hart made a great pass and I knew guys
would be jumping at it. Mo Williams was too small to get it; I
just missed it."
Mason scored 31 points, Redd added 26 and Keith Van Horn
the Bucks, who have won their first two home games for the first
time since the 2001-02 season.
"The offense was going great for us; it was all about defense in
the second half," said Mason, who alone outscored Charlotte's
bench by five points. "We came out and made some adjustments,
got more aggressive on the defensive end, made plays down the
stretch and gutted out a tough win."
Redd helped erase an 80-74 deficit after three periods with some
big jump shots. Williams converted four free throws down the
stretch and blocked a shot by Gerald Wallace
with the game tied
at 98-98 with just over one minute remaining.
"I was just trying to make plays in the fourth quarter,"
Williams said. "(In the first half, the Bobcats) were just
making shots. But we can put points on the board also. No one
on this team had a doubt. We knew we could come back and get a
Milwaukee, which had allowed a combined 37 points in the fourth
quarter in its first two games, held Charlotte to two baskets in
10 shots over the final 5:52 and 20 points in the fourth
"We just had to keep fighting and gutting it out and we did, we
made some plays down the stretch," Bucks coach Terry Porter
said. "(The Bobcats) play extremely hard; they've got some good
Hart scored 19 points and added a career-high 12 assists for the
Bobcats, who were playing their first road game and blew a
13-point lead. It was Hart's second double-double this season.
"I was just trying to be aggressive, play hard defensively and
trying to get my teammates involved," said Hart, originally
drafted by the Bucks in the second round in 2000. "If we could
have had another rebound go our way, we would have won the
scored all 15 of his points in the first half and
Hart added 10 to give Charlotte a 62-54 lead.
Bickerstaff's team shot 21 free throws to 43 for the Bucks.
"They had 43 good looks," said Bickerstaff, whose team has led
after three quarters in all three games this season but is just
1-2. "I guess we've got to clean up our act defensively if we're
creating that many free throws. When there's a lot of free
throws being shot, it kills the momentum."