Michael Redd hot as Bucks blitz Nets
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Michael Redd delivered a career-high 41
points, 33 of which came in the second half, to lead Milwaukee back from an
early deficit in a 110-96 victory over New Jersey at Continental Airlines
Redd shot 12-of-20 from the floor and 14-of-17 from the foul line for the
Bucks, who fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter before overwhelming
the Nets the rest of the way. Milwaukee, now off to an impressive 2-0 start to
the young season, also received a personal-best 23 points off the bench from
Maurice Williams and 21 from T.J. Ford.
No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut chipped in 10 points and a game-high 17
rebounds in the win.
Vince Carter scored 25 points to highlight an otherwise disappointing season-
opener for New Jersey, considered one of this year’s prime contenders in the
Eastern Conference. Richard Jefferson recorded 18 points and eight rebounds
before being ejected in the fourth quarter.
The Bucks appeared tired from Tuesday’s 117-108 overtime triumph at
Philadelphia, as Milwaukee missed 12 of its first 13 shots and was whistled
for seven fouls in the first six minutes. The Nets took advantage by jumping
out to a 15-3 lead.
New Jersey’s margin grew after Jason Kidd fed Nenad Kristic for a short hook
to make the score 21-5 with 3:55 left in the first quarter.
Ford’s driving layup to end the opening period brought the Bucks within 29-17,
and Milwaukee began the second with an 8-2 run capped by Williams’ three
pointer at the 8:10 mark to shave its deficit to six.
The Bucks continued to chip away and pulled to 46-42 on a Redd three-pointer
with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Ford’s triple right before
the buzzer after Bogut intercepted an errant pass by Kidd would close the gap
to 48-46 at intermission.
Ford finished the first half with 13 points.
Redd then took over in the third quarter, pouring in 17 points during the
session. His three-pointer four minutes into the second half staked Milwaukee
to its first lead of the night at 53-50.
New Jersey would respond and went up 64-61 on Jason Collins’ layup off a nifty
pass from Jefferson with 3:29 left in the third. However, Redd keyed an 10-0
spurt with a conventional three-point play and ended the run with another
triple to give the visitors an eight-point cushion late in the period.
Redd’s second-chance bucket in the final seconds put Milwaukee ahead 73-65
heading into the last 12 minutes.
A three-point play by Ford followed by two Redd free throws lengthened the
lead to 85-69 with eight minutes to play, and the Nets never got within single
Jefferson was tossed with 4:45 to go after shoving Ford with both players
running down the court. Williams was given a technical on the play after
pushing Jefferson after the whistle.
Kidd compiled 12 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in the setback.
Milwaukee shot 9-of-19 from three-point range, with Williams hitting 4-of-6
shots from beyond the arc…Jefferson was appearing in his first regular-
season game since January 29. He missed 49 contests after undergoing wrist
surgery but did return for the Nets’ first-round playoff series loss to
Miami…Redd’s previous career-best was 40 points, which he accomplished two
times…The Bucks have won six of the last seven meetings between the
clubs…New Jersey fell to 13-16 all-time in season openers and 15-15 in home