MILWAUKEE, Dec. 26 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd
used some fireworks to keep
the Chicago Bulls winless at the Bradley Center.
Redd scored a season-high 39 points -- four days after mustering
a season low -- as the Bucks snapped a five-game losing streak
with a 99-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
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"It was my mission to attack tonight and let people know that
Michael Redd is for real," Redd said.
The victory was the 13th straight at home against the Bulls, who
entered the game in the midst of a five-game win streak, their
longest since the 1997-98 championship season, which was their
last campaign with Michael Jordan.
"It was frustrating, but you have to realize he (Redd) is one of
the best scorers in the league and he is certainly one of the
best shooters in the league," Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich
have to keep playing him tough and hopefully he misses a few."
Redd gave his best Jordan impersonation in the first half,
scoring on his first six attempts en route to a 26-point half.
added 10 points as Milwaukee led 61-52 at the break.
"(Redd's) shot was rolling early and we were able to piggy-back
his vibe," Bucks coach Terry Porter
The outstanding performance came four days after Redd managed
four points in a 104-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on
Wednesday. Mentioning that the star players needed to step up for
the Bucks after that loss, Redd came out shooting in this one,
going 15-of-27 from the field and hitting the boards for eight
With Milwaukee clinging to a 93-90 advantage, Redd backed Ben Gordon
down near the right post and hit a fadeaway jumper with
23 seconds remaining. He converted the following free throw for
a three-point play.
"Of course, Redd is Redd, but they tried to exploit our younger
players and we were just a little bit off offensively," Bulls
coach Scott Skiles
Smith finished with 21 points and nine rebounds and Desmond Mason
scored 13 points for Milwaukee. Smith's bank shot off an
inbounds pass with 51 seconds left gave the Bucks a much-needed
basket for a 93-90 lead.
"We had guys make plays down the stretch, which was key," Porter
said. "Joe made a big shot for us in a low-clock situation,
which was necessary to maintain our cushion."
Gordon scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for
Chicago, tying the score at 80-80 on a 3-pointer with 8:29
remaining. After a tough driving layup by Mason, Gordon came
back with a runner in the lane to retie the score, 82-82.
Hinrich scored 18 points and Eddy Curry
added 15 for the Bulls,
who shot 45 percent (35-of-78) from the floor and committed 17