Redd Shoots Bucks Past Knicks
Milwaukee 112, New York 92
NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd showed why he is one of the NBA's best 3-point shooters.
Redd made all five of his shots from behind the arc and scored 31 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 112-92 victory over the New York Knicks.
Although the Bucks are the league's most accurate team from the arc, they don't necessarily rely on it as the focal point for their offense. Milwaukee entered having taken just 257 3-pointers, an average of 14.2 per game.
"We just don't rely on threes," Redd said. "We have guys moving the ball and guys are getting open shots. That's the key. One or two passes leads to a shot. Look at the great teams - Detroit and San Antonio. They're the blueprint. They move the basketball and they get open shots."
"Michael is playing really well," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "He's scoring well, but the thing I like about him is he's getting it in flow. He'll take his opportunities one-on-one but he's getting it in the context of the offense. He's playing with a nice ease."
The big night from Redd helped the Bucks improve to 6-4 on the road. Milwaukee, which won just seven road games last season, is one of seven teams with a winning road record.
"Our goal is to win every road game," Redd added. "In order to make the playoffs, you have to win on the road. That's one thing we talked about last year and I think that hurt our playoff chances."
Dan Gadzuric played a prominent role off the bench, scoring eight of his 18 points in a 20-4 second-quarter run that put Milwaukee ahead for good. Gadzuric, who had been averaging just five points, made 9-of-13 shots in 19 minutes.
"We need them every night," said Redd of the reserves. "A variety of guys are doing the job. Any given night, a different guy can hurt you."
The Knicks pulled within 95-84 on a dunk by Qyntel Woods with 9:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. But they would not get a basket for the next seven-plus minutes and were helpless as the Bucks scored the next 13 points.
Maurice Williams scored 15 points and T.J. Ford added nine points and nine assists for Milwaukee. The Bucks shot 54 percent overall (42-of-78), got 42 points from their reserves and dished out 24 assists.
Rookie Channing Frye led the Knicks with a season-high 30 points on 14-of-18 shooting, torching the Bucks from the perimeter as well as in the paint. He had 16 of those points in the first quarter but was on the bench for most of Milwaukee's second-quarter run.
"I'm definitely disappointed because we didn't go out there and do what it took to win," Frye said. "I can't really tell you what happened tonight. They just played a great game, hit open shots, executed and made the extra plays."
Fellow rookie Nate Robinson collected 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Knicks and Eddy Curry added 15 points.
After playing 13 of their first 19 games on the road and making two West Coast trips, the Knicks began a stretch that will see them play 17 of the next 25 at home.
But instead of getting a favorable stretch off to a good start, the Knicks absorbed their worst loss of the season.
"We definitely took a step back from how we've been playing," New York's Stephon Marbury said. "We didn't play with the same intensity as we have been. I don't want to say we were tired - we just didn't look like we were out there playing throughout the whole game."
Marbury finished with seven points as he took just eight shots. Jamal Crawford, who had played well off the bench recently, missed all six of his shots.
The Knicks took a 34-33 lead on a 21-foot jumper by Robinson with 9:09 to go in the second quarter. But coming out of a timeout, Ford put Milwaukee ahead for good with a fadeaway and Gadzuric converted three layups and a dunk as the Bucks opened a 53-38 lead with 4:35 left in the half.
"Tonight we tried to come out really strong in the first quarter and put pressure on them to decide who to guard," Gadzuric said. "We made sure that they weren't getting inside and we tried to maintain on the boards."