Bucks hold off late Warriors’ rally
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Michael Redd scored a game-high 27 points and
Bobby Simmons had 20 as Milwaukee downed Golden State 90-87 at The Arena.
Simmons added 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who outscored the Warriors 27-15 in
the third quarter to build a big lead and then held off a furious rally by the
home team in the closing minutes.
Milwaukee snapped a 17-game losing streak to Western Conference clubs on the
road by dominating the glass. The Bucks outrebounded Golden State 58-42 for
the night, with Joe Smith pulling down 13 boards and rookie Andrew Bogut
recording 11 in 16 minutes.
“It’s amazing that we got we got this win, for one, and that the streak was
that long,” said Redd. “Give our guys a lot of credit. We fought hard, were
well prepared for tonight, and got the win.”
Jason Richardson netted 21 points and Mickael Pietrus delivered 18 off the
bench for the Warriors, who defeated the Bucks 110-103 in Milwaukee last week.
Troy Murphy compiled 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Redd had seven points during a 13-0 third-quarter run that turned a three-
point edge into a 66-50 lead. The sharp-shooting guard capped the burst when
he was fouled while draining a three-pointer, then promptly swished home the
bonus shot with 4:13 left in the period.
The Bucks took a 75-60 advantage into the fourth quarter and were still up by
15 when the Warriors began their comeback attempt. Consecutive threes by Baron
Davis and Derek Fisher cut the deficit to nine, and after Smith’s tip-in on
the other end, Golden State reeled off six straight points. A layup by Pietrus
would bring the Warriors within 85-80 with 3:35 to play.
Golden State continued to surge and made it a two-point game at 87-85 when
Davis buried a shot from beyond the arc with 59 seconds left. After the teams
traded baskets, Milwaukee’s T.J. Ford made 1-of-2 free throws with 14 seconds
to go for a 90-87 lead.
Richardson then missed a three-pointer and the Bucks came up with the rebound,
but Simmons failed on both free-throw attempts with six seconds still on the
clock. With a chance to force overtime, Davis air-balled his long-distance
attempt right before the final buzzer.
Golden State led 12-9 early on before a 12-0 Milwaukee run, fueled by eight
points from Simmons, gave the Bucks a nine-point cushion late in the first
quarter. The Warriors responded with a 9-2 spurt capped by Pietrus’ three-
pointer that trimmed the deficit to 23-21.
The teams were tied 42-42 late in the first half when Ford fed Jamaal Magloire
for a dunk and then sank two free throws with 3:09 remaining before
intermission. The Bucks would take a 48-45 lead into the break.
Milwaukee’s last road victory over a Western Conference foe came on March 12,
2004 when the Bucks downed Sacramento 112-101…Ford dished out 13 assists,
one shy of a career-high…Golden State had won the last four meetings between
the clubs…Smith, who missed the first three games with a sore knee, made his
first start of the season…The Bucks improved to 3-1 on the road.