Patterson, Milwaukee hold off Memphis
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Ruben Patterson scored 30 points and grabbed
seven rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 100-94 win over the Memphis
Grizzlies, in a contest that was not nearly as close the final score
Memphis never led, and trailed by as many as 27 points in the second half
before Milwaukee backed down in the fourth quarter.
Michael Redd scored 25 points for the Bucks, who won back-to-back games for
the first time this season. Maurice Williams and Andrew Bogut each added 11
points in the effort.
Hakim Warrick led the Grizzlies with 31 points and 13 rebounds, but was
ejected after incurring his second technical foul of the game with 3:05 left
in the fourth quarter. Brian Cardinal was the only other Memphis player to hit
double-figures in scoring, with 11 points and seven rebounds, as the
Grizzlies lost for the fourth time in five games.
Milwaukee blasted open an already large lead with a 21-4 run in the third
quarter. Memphis had closed to within 10 points at 58-48 on a Warrick layup
with seven minutes, but Milwaukee took over from there. Charlie Villanueva
scored the last six to put the Bucks up 79-52 with 1:16 left in the quarter.
Memphis outscored the Bucks 38-18 in the fourth quarter to produce the
respectable final margin, but the outcome was never in question.
Milwaukee ran out to an 11-2 start, and took a 28-16 lead into the second
Mike Miller hit two free throws to bring the Grizzlies to within 44-34 with
3:30 left in the first half, but Damir Markota’s only two points of the night
came on a layup with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter that sent the
Bucks into the intermission up 50-36.
Warrick wasn’t alone in drawing technical fouls, as Bogut, Williams, and
Cardinal also drew the ire of the referees with technicals on the
night…Patterson’s 30 marks a season-high in points…Warrick’s double-double
produced career-highs in both points and rebounds.