Terry Cummings scored 13 of his 28 points in the third quarter yesterday as the Milwaukee Bucks took a 2-0 lead in their NBA playoff series with a 111-97 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Milwaukee.
The Bucks outscored the Nets, 36-25, in the third quarter to take an 85-71 lead into the final quarter.
The Nets cut the lead to 95-88 with 6:12 remaining on Mike Gminski's tip-in. But three consecutive Milwaukee foul shots and a three-point play by Cummings allowed the Bucks to pull away, 101-88, with 2:19 left.
"It was a matter of going to the ball," said Cummings. "In the first game a 119-107 victory Friday in which he scored 14 points , I really didn't move to the ball and only wound up with a few shots where I really wanted it."
Milwaukee's Sidney Moncrief had nine of his 20 points in the third period. Gminski led the Nets with 28 points. The series resumes Tuesday in East Rutherford, N.J.
Nets center Darryl Dawkins, who has been out with a back injury, made his first appearance since March 9. In more than 16 minutes, Dawkins scored 10 points.
*Trail Blazers 108, Nuggets 106: Portland forward Kiki Vandeweghe drove the base line for a three-point play with 1:18 left, lifting Portland to the victory in Denver and tying their playoff series at one game each.
Game 3 in the series is set for Tuesday night in Portland.
Vandeweghe finished with a game-high 36 points, and Clyde Drexler had 22.
Alex English led Denver with 24 points. Guard T.R. Dunn had 21 and Calvin Natt 17.
Vandeweghe had seven straight Portland points down the stretch. He hit two free throws, then put Portland ahead for good, 103-102, on a basket with 1:47 left. A half-minute later, he drove the base line, hung in the air to avoid a charging foul and sent in an offbalance shot. He was fouled and made the free throw for a 106-102 lead.
Denver played without starting center Wayne Cooper, who had a sprained ankle, and sixth man Bill Hanzlik, who is hospitalized with a back problem.
*Mavericks 113, Jazz 106: Mark Aguirre shook off back spasms to score nine of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and give Dallas the victory over visiting Utah and a 2-0 lead in their playoff series.
Aguirre, who was listed as questionable right up to game time, played without any problems and helped the Mavericks beat back a fourth-period rally by the Jazz.
Utah, playing without high-scoring Adrian Dantley, who was hospitalized with back spasms, was led by rookie Karl Malone, who scored a game-high 31 points.
The third game of the best-of-five series is set for Salt Lake City on Wednesday night.