Bucks Snap Streak in Win Over Warriors
Milwaukee 90, Golden State 87
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 16 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd's strong start proved to be just enough to end a lengthy drought for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Redd scored 27 points and Bobby Simmons added 20 as the Bucks won for the fifth time in seven outings this season, a 90-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
"A tremendous win," Redd said. "It's amazing that we got this win, for one, and that the streak was that long. Give our guys a lot of credit. We fought hard, (were) well prepared for tonight and got the win."
"We had been getting off to slow starts," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "We didn't have to play from behind (and) built a lead, so on different levels, it was good to get this win."
Redd, who averaged a career-best 23 points to rank 11th in the NBA last season, sank a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points in a 19-4 third-quarter run to give Milwaukee a 72-54 lead.
"I think we did a tremendous job of (being) prepared defensively for them," Redd said. "Last time, they shot the lights out at our house and we made adjustments this time, and at the same time, they missed some shots as well."
Golden State's Derek Fisher sparked a comeback by hitting two shots from the arc during a 12-2 fourth-quarter burst that cut the deficit to 85-80 with 3:36 remaining. After making just 1-of-10 shots in the first half, Baron Davis nailed a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to bring Golden State within 87-85.
"No matter how good you are, if you have to create your shot every time you get a shot, you're going to shoot a lower percentage," Fisher said. "As a team that wants to improve on our level of consistency and improve on our ability to sustain good solid play throughout an entire season, we just expect more out of ourselves."
T.J. Ford corralled a tip off a jump ball and hit a running one-hander to put Milwaukee on top 89-85 with 29 seconds remaining.
"We had five seconds (left on the shot clock), so I knew we had to get a shot up and I just made a shot I had worked on all summer," Ford said.
Troy Murphy sank Golden State's final basket with a runner in the lane to make it 89-87 with 18 seconds to go. After Ford made 1-of-2 from the line, Jason Richardson missed a 3-pointer and Simmons was fouled with seven seconds to go.
An 85 percent foul shooter last season, Simmons missed two free throws to give Golden State one last opportunity to tie the game. Davis attempted a long jumper with two seconds left that was off the mark, but the shot would not have tied the game because his foot was on the three-point line.
"No pressure," Simmons said. "They just rim in and out. ... You have some nights like that and, fortunately, our defensive effort was a lot better. We had a contested shot in the last possession and we got a good rebound."
"It was a lack of rhythm tonight," said Davis, who made just 4-of-21 shots and scored 11 points. "We were taking the first opportune shot instead of creating shots for each other. It was one of those nights where we didn't allow ourselves to get into an offensive rhythm and get easy baskets. When we did get easy baskets, we missed them."
Ford had 13 assists and Joe Smith grabbed 13 rebounds for Milwaukee, which had a 58-42 edge on the glass.
Richardson scored 21 points, Mickael Pietrus added 18 off the bench and Murphy had 14 and 10 rebounds for the Warriors (5-4).
Golden State was forced to mount a late rally after sinking just 4-of-20 shots and scoring 15 points in the third quarter.
"We can't expect to come out and play like that in the third quarter and expect to beat anybody," Murphy said. "For a stretch, that's the worst we've been all season."
"We beat Milwaukee there, we're coming off a good win (Monday against Chicago) and we don't have that same mind set," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "It's a really tricky deal and it's hard to obtain. Good teams have it and get it, and we need to get it."