- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 12, 2002

MILWAUKEE Talk of the Milwaukee Bucks revolves mostly around the triumvirate of Ray Allen, Sam Cassell and Glenn Robinson. But the Bucks showed the Washington Wizards last night there is more to their team than just those three.

Tim Thomas ripped the Wizards for 22 first-half points, helping the Bucks to a commanding halftime lead as they cruised to a 105-86 victory at sold-out Bradley Center.

Robinson, the team's leading scorer (21.8), missed his sixth consecutive game with a bruised left thigh. But as the Bucks raced out to a 60-42 lead at halftime, Thomas and Allen were responsible for 40 points.

Milwaukee led by as many as 25 points early in the fourth quarter. But the Bucks grew sloppy late in the game and with 5:30 left, the Wizards, playing mostly second-line players, whittled the lead to 87-74.

But the Bucks sandwiched a pair of Allen 3-pointers around Tyrone Nesby's 3-pointer, and a three-point play by Thomas restored the lead to 96-77 with 4:12 left.

Michael Jordan led the Wizards (18-15) with 22 points but shot just 10-for-24 from the floor.

The Wizards had just 57 points heading into the third quarter and trailed by 23. Making matters worse, to that point they had shot just 35 percent from the field.

The loss, which ended their four-game winning streak, was the Wizards' first of the new year and only their fourth since Dec. 4. They have won 13 of their last 16 games.

The Bucks, seen by many as the front-runner in the mediocre Eastern Conference, hardly missed Robinson.


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