CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 17 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd
's finish was
nothing like his start.
Redd scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half as the
Milwaukee Bucks posted a 99-92 victory over the Charlotte
Bobcats, who are looking very much like an expansion team.
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Starting to play like the All-Star he was last season, Redd
missed eight of his first nine shots before coming alive in the
"I just try to play team basketball and let the game come to
me," Redd said. "I don't have to force a lot of shots and be the
leading scorer every night. I just wanted to be more aggressive
in the second half and assert myself."
"He just stepped up in the second half," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter
said. "He was able to get some good looks and able to
drive to the basket and get some opportunities."
Redd helped set the tone early in the fourth quarter, scoring
five points and capping a 7-2 run with a shot from the arc with
9:55 left to give Milwaukee a 77-72 lead. The sharpshooter also
made a big jumper with 1:38 remaining to open a six-point lead.
It was the fourth straight big game for Redd, who is averaging
24.2 points during that span.
"He's been doing that all season long and he can really get it
going for us," Bucks forward Joe Smith
"We run into these (teams) that have go-to guys like (Michael)
Redd," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff
said. "That's who they
get the ball to, and we're still searching for that guy to get
the ball to in that situation -- someone who can make a play."
added 16 points and Dan Gadzuric
13 and 10
rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 40 percent (35-of-87)
and made 25-of-36 free throws in stopping a four-game losing
"We've been desperate for a win," Redd said, "To win one on the
road is huge. This is going to be good for us, not only
statistically, but psychologically as well."
"When we've played well defensively, everything else clicks,"
Bucks guard Mike James
said. "We don't ever have a problem
scoring. That has not been our problem this year; our problem
has been allowing teams to shoot well in the second half, and
today we were able to defend well."
Rookie Emeka Okafor
, Gerald Wallace
and Brevin Knight
recorded double-doubles for the Bobcats, who have lost five
straight and 11-of-12. Okafor had 15 points and 11 rebounds and
Wallace 13 and 10, while Knight added 10 and 10 assists.
Even with some solid individual performances, Bickerstaff still
wasn't pleased with his team's effort.
"There were spurts," Bickerstaff said. "But in terms of pure
basketball, like you like to see, it wasn't there. I know why
we're not playing, in terms of execution, we just haven't gotten
it done in a practice session. Unforced errors hurt down the
stretch. I think there might have been three or four cases that
we didn't get a chance at the basket."
The Bobcats shot just 36 percent (32-of-89) in their latest
In its inaugural season, Charlotte (8-26) has swept Houston and
owns wins over defending NBA champion Detroit and Minnesota,
which reached the Western Conference Finals in 2004. But the
Bobcats have won just once since Christmas.
"(Losing today) was very frustrating," Wallace said. "We know
that we're going to be there every time at the end, but what we
don't know is how we're going to finish in the end. That's what
frustrating. It's something we have to build on as a team."