Tuesday , Apr , 13 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Milwaukee Bucks Team Report – April 13

=== Milwaukee Bucks Team Report – April 13 ===

(Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks’ hopes for home-court advantage in
the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs took a hit on Monday with a
93-89 setback at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks at Gund Arena.

Milwaukee, which was led by Desmond Mason’s 25 points and 11 rebounds, needed
a win to help wrap up the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
New Orleans and Miami are also in the running for the fourth spot. Miami beat
Boston to pull into a tie with the Bucks, while the Hornets lost to New York
and remain one game back.

Trailing 75-69 early in the fourth quarter, the Cavs went on a 13-1 run to
grab an 82-76 lead. LeBron James, who had five points during the burst,
started it with a jumper 52 seconds into the frame. Zydrunas Ilgauskas later
capped the run with two free throws at the 6:01 mark for the six-point lead.

Milwaukee, however, would respond by tying the game with 3:51 left on two
Keith Van Horn free throws. A pair of Joe Smith free throws with 1:47 left
gave the Bucks an 89-84 edge.

After that Cleveland buckled down and scored the game’s final nine points, as
the Bucks didn’t score another point.

The Bucks close their regular season on Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors.