Wednesday , Mar , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Milwaukee Bucks Team Report – March 31

=== Milwaukee Bucks Team Report – March 31 ===

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers play the second of
a home-and-home set tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Milwaukee is tied with New Orleans for the fourth spot in the East.

This will be the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two
squads. Milwaukee has won the three previous contests.

On Tuesday, Joe Smith scored 25 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four
shots to lead the Bucks to a 95-86 victory over the Pacers at the Bradley
Center.

Toni Kukoc contributed 13 points for the Bucks, who snapped a four-game home
losing streak. Brian Skinner and Michael Redd each had 12 points in the win.

In Tuesday’s contest, The Bucks carried an eight-point lead into the fourth
quarter. Indiana would get as close as four on several occasions, the last
coming on a jumper by Kenny Anderson with 1:10 remaining that cut the
Milwaukee lead to 90-86.

Kukoc made 1-of-2 from the line with 36.1 seconds left to give the Bucks a
91-86 advantage. Indiana’s Ron Artest then missed from three-point range and
Brevin Knight made a pair of free throws with 27.7 seconds left to seal the
win for the Bucks.

Milwaukee is 12-25 on the road this season.

The Bucks have won four straight in this series. Milwaukee has lost five of
seven and 11 of its last 14 at Indiana.

MIL