MILWAUKEE, Jan. 21 (Ticker) --
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Redd scored 32 of his career-high 40 points in the second half
and held McGrady in check down the stretch as the Milwaukee
Bucks posted a 113-102 victory over the defenseless Orlando
A former reserve who has started every game this season, Redd
scored at least 30 points for the fourth time this season. After
struggling in the first half, he caught fire over the final 24
minutes and finished at 16-of-25 from the field.
His big fourth quarter led the Bucks to their 11th win in 12 games
at the Bradley Center and was the team's first 40-point game
since Ray Allen
totaled 47 vs. the Hornets on April 14, 2002.
Redd excelled in the fourth quarter on both ends. Motivated by
holding McGrady scoreless in the final 12 minutes and limiting
him to three missed shots, Redd scored 18 points in the period.
"No question to feel that you can stop somebody gives you more
juice on the other end," Redd said. "He's a tough player. He
had 34 points and embarrassed us (in a loss at Orlando on
Monday). We wanted to come back at home and make a statement."
"Thats's huge. Not just holding him to 20, (but) even the 20
that he got, he had to work for it," Milwaukee forward Joe Smith
added. "Players like that, you always want to make them work
for it as much as possible."
Redd made just 4-of-10 shots in the first half as Milwaukee
faced a 51-46 deficit. But he scored 14 points in the third
quarter, capping an 8-0 spurt with a 3-pointer to give the Bucks
a 76-74 advantage heading into the final period.
"Unbelievable," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter
said. "That's a
career high for him and he had the toughest challenge
defensively, guarding Tracy McGrady. In that stretch in the
third, he really carried us. He hit three or four shots and
kept us in striking distance. Eventually we got the lead and
then held on."
In the final 12 minutes, the 6-6 guard was even better. He gave
Milwaukee a 102-92 lead with a three-point play at the 2:48
mark. When the Bucks nearly gave it back, they needed Redd to
take over again.
"It was an unbelievable zone, my teammates kept feeding me,"
said Redd, who made his final 10 shots. "I was able to play
free tonight and have fun."
With Milwaukee's lead reduced to 102-100, Redd scored seven
points in the final 47 seconds. He surpassed his previous
career high of 36 with a pair from the line that made it 105-100
with 41 seconds to play.
"He did have a very good basketball game tonight," said Orlando
coach Johnny Davis
, whose team lost its ninth straight road
game. "They did a good job of screening for him and getting him
open. He did what he had to do and he gave them the offense
they needed on their home court."