Bucks Overcome Wallace, Beat Bobcats
Milwaukee 103, Charlotte 102
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Jan. 13 (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks overcame Gerald Wallace's athleticism to pull out another close win.
T.J. Ford converted a layup with 15 seconds remaining as the Bucks rallied for a 103-102 victory over the Bobcats, who wasted a big effort from Wallace.
"The last few minutes of the game we stepped up," Redd said. "It just clicks for us subconsciously in a close game like this, because we've been here before.
"It was a huge game. Our confidence in close games prevailed tonight."
With Wallace playing with reckless abandon, the Bobcats overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and held a 100-94 lead with 2:22 remaining on Bernard Robinson's baseline jumper.
"We played hard to get back into the game, and to take the lead," Wallace said. "At the end of the game, the ball just bounced their way."
Bobby Simmons drained a 3-pointer and - after Bobcats rookie Raymond Felton missed two free throws - Redd made two from the line with 1:27 left to pull the Bucks within 100-99.
Keith Bogans had a follow shot on the other end 27 seconds later for Charlotte's last points. Redd sank a tough fadeway from the baseline over two defenders with 46 seconds to go, pulling the Bucks within 102-101.
On the Bobcats' ensuing possession, the speedy Ford came up with a long rebound and raced in for a layup to give the Bucks the lead.
"We just dug deep and got lucky," Ford said. "I got the loose ball and picked up. I was in the right place at the right time and made a finish. I missed all the layups tonight but made the one that counts."
Following a timeout, Jumaine Jones missed two jump shots and Matt Carroll missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
"We had a possession there with a one-point lead and we lost the basketball and we had two good looks in the last few seconds," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "You had the guys who shoot the ball from the outside and shoot it well, that took the shots."
Wallace did his best to try to help the Bobcats to their first win in six all-time meetings with the Bucks as he had 21 points, career highs of 15 rebounds and eight steals, and four blocks.
Charlotte matched a franchise record with 19 steals despite playing with point guard Brevin Knight (back spasms), who leads the league in that category.
"We had it, we just didn't secure it," Bickerstaff said. "We had a possession there, all we had to do was pick the basketball up. It was a mistake of commission. They (Milwaukee) went and got it and I don't think anybody feels any worse than the guys in that locker room."
The Bucks got off to a great start, building a 31-15 lead after one quarter.
"I like the way we started the game," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "But the tone was set for the game in the second quarter when we had all the turnovers. It's good to get a win and you certainly don't want to belittle a win on the road."
Charlotte trailed by as many as 18 points early in the second quarter but used its pressure defense to get back into the game.
The Bobcats reeled off a 20-6 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and took an 82-80 lead with 10:03 remaining on Felton's jumper.
Charlotte converted 23 turnovers by Milwaukee into 25 points.
"I thought the disruptions and the turnovers that we forced, we got baskets off them," Bickerstaff said.
Rookie Andrew Bogut had 18 points and matched a season high with 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who won for the fourth time in 10 games.