MILWAUKEE, Jan. 7 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd
and the Milwaukee Bucks
showed the Phoenix Suns how a good rebuilding process can
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Redd scored 23 points as Milwaukee posted a 95-87 triumph over
Phoenix, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Suns.
The Bucks' previous win against Phoenix came on Nov. 12,
"We're playing well together right now," Redd said. "I'm so
happy for this team, we've worked hard in practice all year
long. Great things are happening for us."
added 17 points as the Bucks won a season-high
fourth straight game and moved three games over .500 (19-16) for
the first time this season.
scored 23 points and Shawn Marion
added 19 and 10
rebounds for the Suns, who lost for the 12th time in their last
13 road games.
"It will be tough," Johnson said. "We are struggling at this
point, but we have to stay focused and help the new guys to get
the offense down and get some chemistry together."
Phoenix was playing its first game since trading All-Star
, Penny Hardaway
and reserve Cesary Trybanski
Monday, deciding to rebuild.
The Suns received oft-injured forward Antonio McDyess
guards Howard Eisley
and Charlie Ward, rookie forward Maciej Lampe
, the rights to Milos Vujanic, a 2004 first-round pick and
a future first-round pick in return.
"The trade is going to be beneficial to them down the road; right
now it's a tough situation," Mason said. "All those guys have
to get to know each other, they've got some guys that are now
coming off the bench that haven't played much this season. So
it will take a little bit of time."
McDyess had just four points in his season debut with Phoenix
and Eisley added two. Lampe did not play and Ward was waived on
Phoenix led 65-59 with 4:20 left in the third quarter.
Milwaukee responded with a 13-0 run to build a 72-65 cushion
with 41 seconds remaining.
Milwaukee extended its home winning streak to seven games and
seems to be doing just fine with its rebuilding process. In the
past 18 months the Bucks have traded Ray Allen
, Sam Cassell
, choosing to start over with younger players
like Mason, Redd and rookie T.J. Ford
"We had talented veteran guys that had been playing basketball
for a long time so that made it easier for us," Mason said. "You
just have to get your head right and get yourself ready to play
and try to forget about the trade."
Bucks center Dan Gadzuric
suffered a strained right patella
tendon and left the game with 41 seconds left in the game.
Gadzuric is questionable for Milwaukee's next game.
Suns rookie point guard Leandro Barbosa
scored 14 of his 16
points in the first half, hitting four three-pointers. But Phoenix
trailed 48-46 at halftime.