Tuesday , Mar , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bell’s triple-double leads Bucks to bombardment of Suns

=== Bell’s triple-double leads Bucks to bombardment of Suns ===

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Charlie Bell recorded his first career
triple-double by totaling 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, career-highs
in all three categories, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns,
132-110, at the Bradley Center.

“It was a fun game when you’re hitting shots like that,” said Bell. “We knew
they played last night. New Jersey played really well against them and we knew
they were going to be a little tired. In the third quarter we just tried to
keep pushing, just keep running at them. Defensively they’re not the best
team.”

The Bucks set a franchise record with 18 three-pointers, which also tied the
NBA season-high set by Phoenix.

Michael Redd scored a game-high 28 points, including 6-of-11 from beyond the
arc, while Toni Kukoc and Dan Gadzuric each tallied 17 points off the bench
for the Bucks, who moved into a sixth place tie with idle Indiana in the
Eastern Conference.

Steve Nash scored 23 points and dished out seven assists for the Suns, who
lost their second straight to begin a five-game road trip. Eddie House scored
19 points off the bench while Shawn Marion added 14 points and nine boards.

“They played great,” said Phoenix head coach Mike D’ Antoni. “They shot the
ball extremely well, obviously. But, I’m sure we were helping a little because
our defense just couldn’t get to them. They hit every open shot and played
really well.”

The Suns were without All-Star Amare Stoudemire for the first time since his
return to the lineup last Thursday against Portland. Stoudemire played only
14 minutes in Monday’s blowout loss against New Jersey and sat out Tuesday’s
game because of soreness in his knees. He is expected to miss the remainder of
the team’s road trip, and could be sidelined longer.

With the score tied at 80 midway through the third quarter, the Bucks exploded
for a 17-3 run. Redd and Bell combined to score all 17 points, including five
three-pointers. Milwaukee ended the quarter with a 104-88 lead as it scored 46
third-quarter points, a season-high for the Bucks for points in a quarter.
Bell scored 14 points and Redd added 10 in the third frame.

The Bucks stayed firmly in control over the final 12 minutes as they extended
their lead to as much as 24 with 3:08 left when Gadzuric got loose underneath
for a dunk.

Milwaukee used a pair of 6-0 spurts to overcome an early five-point deficit
and take a 25-23 lead after 12 minutes. Maurice Williams led the Bucks with
six points in the opening frame.

The second quarter was tight throughout, as the Suns enjoyed the largest lead
of the frame at six points, 60-54, on a Nash three. Phoenix took a 62-58 lead
into the locker room as Nash led the way with 17 points.

Game Notes

The Bucks shot 60.5 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from
beyond the arc…The two teams split the season series, 1-1, snapping a four-
game win streak for Phoenix against Milwaukee…Bobby Simmons and Williams
each scored 15 for the Bucks.

MIL PHO