Bucks 108, Nuggets 102
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Vin Baker scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Milwaukee Bucks hung on to defeat the Denver Nuggets 108-102 Thursday night in a game marred by three player ejections.
Milwaukee’s Sherman Douglas and Denver’s Jalen Rose were ejected in the third quarter after exchanging blows and LaPhonso Ellis got tossed in the fourth for pushing the Bucks’ Marty Conlon.
Johnny Newman had a season-high 21 and Glenn Robinson added 20 as the Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak, including the last three at home.
With the Nuggets trailing 85-71, Ellis drove to the basket and was fouled by Conlon with 8:18 left. Conlon had grabbed Ellis by the wrist after the Nugget forward drove into him. Ellis spun around and pushed Conlon in the chest.
The Bucks, who led by 16 early in the fourth, let Denver pull within three points twice late in the quarter. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth, sank two free throws to pull Denver to 97-94 with 2:38 left. Baker answered with two free throws for Milwaukee to prevent Denver from getting any closer.
Robinson pushed the lead to 101-94 with a basket, and after Abdul-Rauf scored for Denver, Lee Mayberry’s basket gave Milwaukee a 103-96 lead with 48 seconds left.
With his team trailing 68-59 in the third, Rose was in the lane under the Nuggets’ basket when he elbowed Douglas. Douglas swung in retaliation, but before any further damage could be done, both were surrounded by teammates. Referee Don Vaden ejected both players.
Baker had four points and Robinson added a three-point play to key a 7-1 run in the third quarter to give Milwaukee a 68-59 lead with 7:43 left.