MILWAUKEE, April 8 (Ticker)
-- Marcus Fizer
helped the Milwaukee Bucks
record a rare victory.
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Fizer scored 10 of his 18 points in the final nine-plus minutes
as the Bucks posted just their second win in 11 games, a 93-75
triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats.
"I don't know if that was his best game, but Fizer stepped up
big," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter
said. "He can score and do
some nice things, passing out of (the post). He was solid."
added 21 points and Michael Redd
17 to help the
Bucks complete a four-game season sweep of the expansion
Bobcats, who have lost seven straight games.
"It's tough to beat teams 4-0," Porter said. "The other team
always finds a way to win, but once we got the big lead in the
second half, we didn't give in."
Milwaukee trailed early, 15-4, but pulled within 18-17 after one
quarter and kept the momentum going, outscoring Charlotte in
the second period, 32-15.
"They came out on fire, playing well," Redd said of the Bobcats.
"But we knew we'd beat this team. We have that confidence at
The Bobcats pulled within 67-61 early in the fourth quarter but
the Bucks closed the game on a 26-14 run, thanks largely to
Fizer, who made 8-of-15 shots off the bench.
"Fizer played real well and stepped up big," Redd said. "So did
and Toni (Kukoc
), all the guys off the
Goldwire nailed two 3-pointers during the Bucks' game-ending run
and Kukoc had a season-high nine assists, five in the fourth
recorded his 15th double-double of the season with
20 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who shot just 32
percent (29-of-90), including just 1-of-13 from the arc.
"You can't shoot 32 percent and win," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "We stopped sharing the basketball. We
weren't recognizing what was good for the team. We got amnesia.
"I'm going to refrain from making any comment about what I said
at halftime. You don't want to hear it. It wasn't appropriate
Rookie of the Year candidate Emeka Okafor
posted his 43rd
double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds for
"We came to within (six) and I thought that we made a great
run," Okafor said. "We just disappeared at the end."
Charlotte scored a season-low 33 first-half points.
"During the first quarter, we were sharing the basketball and
then we went individual," Bickerstaff said. "We started taking
long jump shots, missing the rim."
Redd made one 3-pointer to tie Glenn Robinson
for second place
in Bucks history with 494. Ray Allen
is the franchise leader
Milwaukee's Joe Smith
left the game in the third quarter with a
lacerated left pinkie. The cut required four stitches to close.
Smith will not travel with the team to Cleveland for
Saturday's game vs. the Cavaliers.