Redd leads Bucks to 20-point win over Magic
=== Redd leads Bucks to 20-point win over Magic ===
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Michael Redd netted a game-high 30 points
and Milwaukee pulled away in the fourth quarter to earn a 104-84 victory over
Orlando at the Bradley Center.
Dan Gadzuric scored 14 of his 16 points in the final period, while fellow
reserve Toni Kukoc dropped in 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Bucks, who
made 56.6 percent of their field-goal attempts en route to their third
Maurice Williams added 12 points and 11 assists in the win.
Jameer Nelson, filling in for an injured Steve Francis, topped the Magic with
20 points and nine assists. DeShawn Stevenson had 15 points and Dwight
Howard finished with 14 points and 17 assists in the loss, the Magic’s
third in a row.
Francis, Orlando’s leading scorer, missed his second straight game with
injuries to his chest and left shoulder.
The Magic rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit and took a 68-67 lead on
Pat Garrity’s three-point basket early in the fourth quarter, but Milwaukee
answered with an 11-2 run to move back in front.
Redd started the burst with a three-pointer and ended it with another trey
which put the Bucks up 78-70 with 8:30 to go. A three by Orlando’s Travis
Diener would cut the margin to five before Milwaukee put together a 13-2 spurt
to brake the game open.
Gadzuric scored 11 of those points, including a layup and free throw which
gave Milwaukee an 89-75 advantage with under six minutes remaining. Kukoc
followed with a runner less than a minute later to make it a 16-point cushion.
The game was tightly contested through most of the first quarter, until a 9-0
Milwaukee run late in the period turned a one-point lead into double-digits.
After a Redd three-pointer gave the Bucks a 23-17 advantage, Charlie Bell
scored four straight points to extend the margin to 10 with under a minute to
go in the opening frame. Milwaukee eventually led 27-19 after one.
The Bucks moved further in front with an 8-2 run, capped by Williams’ jumper
with seven minutes left in the half, that put the hosts up 43-27.
The Magic responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points and pulled within
45-38 when Nelson buried a three-pointer with 2:33 remaining before the break.
Orlando cut the deficit to five when Howard scored inside with 10 seconds on
the clock, but Williams was fouled at the buzzer and made 1-of-2 attempts to
give the Bucks a 48-42 edge at intermission.
Milwaukee led 66-55 near the end of the third quarter, but the Magic reeled
off 10 straight points and drew within one when Diener fired a three to open
Diener, who played collegiately at the Bradley Center for Marquette, had 14
points and made all four of his three-point attempts…Milwaukee finished 10-
of-18 from three-point range, with Redd making 7-of-10 shots from beyond the
arc…Orlando has lost five straight and 13 of 14 in Milwaukee…The Bucks
again played without forwards Joe Smith (knee) and Bobby Simmons (ankle).