Clutch Redd Fuels Bucks Over Hornets
Milwaukee 101, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 94
MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Michael Redd's latest performance had the New Orleans Hornets feeling blue.
Redd scored 36 points and took over down the stretch as the Milwaukee Bucks posted a 101-94 triumph over the Hornets.
The 26-year-old guard took over down the stretch Friday, scoring 12 of Milwaukee's final 15 points to lead the team to its ninth win in 12 games.
"I wanted to be a little more aggressive and take over the game a little bit," Redd said. "I guess I was feeling it tonight."
After David West made a pair of free throws to bring the Hornets within 86-84 with 4:02 remaining, Redd answered with a jumper and 3-pointer around a free throw by Hornets rookie Chris Paul for a 91-85 lead with 3:22 to go.
"They went to their bread and butter (Redd) down the stretch," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. That's one of the best players in the league over there. We have to learn how to handle guys that are that good."
West responded with a jumper, but Redd ensured the Hornets would get no closer, drilling a shot from the arc on the next trip, then drawing a double-team and finding Bobby Simmons for a 3-pointer that increased the lead to 94-87 with 2:40 left.
"We made our open shots tonight," Simmons said. "If we have the opportunity to take wide-open shots, we need to knock 'em down."
In the last two minutes, Redd added a turnaround jumper and four free throws to cap his sixth 30-point effort of the season - all Milwaukee victories.
Redd's performance overshadowed the first meeting between the Bucks and Hornets since the teams completed a trade October 26.
Center Jamaal Magloire, acquired by Milwaukee in the deal, finished with five points and 15 rebounds.
"I know him pretty well and we have had some battles in practice," said Hornets forward P.J. Brown, who spent most of the game matched against Magloire. "It was funny seeing him for the first time with a different uniform on, but he played hard like he always does."
The swap landed the Hornets swingman Desmond Mason, who managed just seven points Friday. However, the trade allowed the Hornets to make room in the starting lineup for West, who finished with 27 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
"David's been great. We just need to get things from everybody else," Scott said.
The Bucks have won 9 of its last 12 games and extended the team's record to 13-1 when reaching the 100-point plateu. The win also marked the team's 1000th regular season home victory.