Redd, Magloire Rally Bucks Past Bobcats
Milwaukee 101, Charlotte 91
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 21 (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks started off slowly, but Michael Redd and Jamaal Magloire helped the team come up big when it was needed.
Redd scored 15 of his 35 points in the third quarter and Magloire collected 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to lead the Bucks to a 101-91 comeback victory over the injury-plagued Charlotte Bobcats.
"They have (Primoz) Brezec and (Jake) Voskuhl, two good big players, but they are not as full in the frontcourt as we are and we had to take advantage of that," Magloire said. "They were depleted up front and I knew I could help my team tonight."
Milwaukee did not take the lead for good until a 21-9 burst in the third quarter gave the team a 76-65 advantage with 46 seconds left. Redd scored 12 points during the surge, including three 3-pointers.
"We started playing with a sense of urgency," Redd said. "That gave me a boost. I desperately needed that to help my confidence out. I haven't had a night like that in a while."
"I thought our kids fought," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We had one stretch where we were a little helter-skelter, but I thought we competed well, even shorthanded."
The Bucks led by as many as 13 points in the final period, although the Bobcats cut it to six points a couple of times, the last at 89-83 on a jumper by Bernard Robinson with 5:31 to go.
Milwaukee responded with a 3-pointer by reserve Mo Williams and Redd added a pair of baskets as the Bucks improved to 6-0 all-time against the Bobcats.
"Michael hit some big shots," Bickerstaff added. "We threw every defense at him. When you're us, you have to throw everything at him. If I had a kitchen sink with me, I would have thrown that at him."
The Bucks took advantage of Charlotte's frontcourt absentees by taking a 51-36 edge on the boards, with Magloire leading the way and rookie Andrew Bogut contributing with 10 rebounds.
"I'm happy coach (Terry Stotts) gave me an opportunity to play extended minutes," Magloire said. "I thought my positioning was good and I was attacking the ball. I felt light on my feet."
The Bucks were sloppy with the ball early and committed 13 first-half turnovers. They finished with a season-high 24, one more than what they committed Jan. 13 at Charlotte.
"Their style can get frenetic," Stotts said. "We were a little sloppy with the ball and made poor decisions and they took advantage. That happens with that style of play; it makes it tough on the other (offensive) end."
"We did well early in the game, even later in the game we played defense well," Knight said. "They just made tough shots. There were a lot of contested shots. We just didn't do enough to stop their run and come back with one of our own."
Brezec collected 21 points and 11 rebounds and Brevin Knight added 12 and 15 assists for Charlotte, which has lost seven in a row and 11 of 12.