Redd’s 28 Points Halts Bucks’ Skids
Milwaukee 118, Atlanta 102
ATLANTA, Jan. 20 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd once again stopped the Milwaukee Bucks' temporary bleeding.
Redd scored 28 points and Bobby Simmons added 25 to lead six players in double figures as the Bucks ended a three-game slide in a 118-102 victory over the struggling Atlanta Hawks.
"I credit (my success) to our execution tonight," Redd said. "We were consistent with our execution. We had to get this win tonight. We played with a sense of urgency."
Simmons scored nine points in the third period, pushing the lead to 79-69 entering the final quarter. Toni Kukoc's three-point play with 5:35 remaining capped a 16-6 spurt that gave the Bucks a 104-85 advantage.
"We knew we had to get this win tonight," Redd said. "Once we got the lead, we kept pressuring them, built the lead up and tried to not let them back in the game because anything can happen in this game."
"It was a good win," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "I like that we stayed focused and did what we needed to do. It was a game we had to win, and we won."
Mo Williams led a charge by Milwaukee's bench, which outscored Atlanta's starters, 20-13, in the second quarter.
Williams made all 11 of his free throws and finished with 19 points. Jiri Welsch scored 14 points for the Bucks and Dan Gadzuric added 12 points and six blocks.
"We stepped up tonight and contributed," Welsch said. "We needed to come in with that kind of energy. It was big."
"We had great contributions off the bench," Stotts said. "That allowed us to rest the startersAl HarringtonAl Harrington scored 13 points.
"I think we've forgotten who we are," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson, whose team allowed the Bucks to shoot 51 percent (39-of-76). "I've got to reprogram them and try to get them back to defending because we're trying to outscore teams and we don't have enough weapons to do that right now."
Milwaukee pulled away from Atlanta in the second quarter thanks to an 18-6 surge capped by Williams' layup with 2:28 for a 49-41 lead.
"We buckled down a little bit and we got more focused," Redd said. "We made our press in the second quarter and got a little comfortable lead.
"It was the same as the other night against the Pistons," Hawks rookie Marvin Williams said. "We played well in the first quarter, but we couldn't sustain it. They really shot the ball well in the second quarter and our defensive intensity couldn't match what they were doing."
Rookie Andrew Bogut grabbed 13 rebounds for Milwaukee, which defeated Atlanta for the first time in the Stotts era.
"It's been a year removed," said Stotts, who was 58-98 as coach of the Hawks from 2002-04. "I have good memories. I left on good terms. So it wasn't a question of revenge or anything like that. It was more important from a team standpoint to get a win."
Atlanta fell to 1-3 on its season-high seven-game homestand.