Redd Scores 27 as Bucks Rally Past Magic
Milwaukee 94, Orlando 89 (2OT)
MILWAUKEE, Feb. 8 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd helped the Milwaukee Bucks continue their dominance over the Orlando Magic at the Bradley Center, but it wasn't easy.
Redd scored 27 points as the Bucks posted a hard-fought 94-89 double-overtime victory over the Magic, who have dropped 14 of their last 15 contests here.
Redd hit a 3-pointer with 3:24 left in the second overtime to give Milwaukee the lead for good, 88-86. Hedo Turkoglu drew the Magic within one with 1:22 remaining with a free throw and a layup around Dan Gadzuric's dunk but T.J. Ford answered with short jumper 19 seconds later to make it 92-89.
After a pair of empty possessions, Orlando had a chance to tie, but Pat Garrity missed a long 3-pointer with 11 seconds left and Bobby Simmons iced the game with two foul shots, sending the Magic to their sixth setback in seven games.
"I was happy with the look," Garrity said. "I thought it was in, but it was short. I'll take that look any day."
The Bucks scored the first four points in the first overtime to take an 83-79 lead with 3:28 on the clock. But they failed to score for the rest of the period and Turkoglu's follow shot off DeShawn Stevenson's miss with 13 seconds left forged an 83-83 tie. Redd had a chance to win it, but missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer.
"I'm upset with myself," said Redd, who made just 10-of-30 shots from the floor. "I didn't shoot good, but my confidence was still there."
In a closely played contest for majority of the second half, the final minutes of regulation were no different.
With 1:25 to play, Stevenson's jumper pushed the Magic's lead to 79-76. After two empty possessions, Ford stole the ball from Stevenson and found Simmons for a 3-pointer tie it with 26 seconds left.
"That's the benefit of having a teammate like T.J. who can penetrate and pitch the ball," Simmons said. "I told him, if you get the ball to me, I'll make the shot. It was a great pass and follow through."
"You've got to find guys in transition," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "We didn't execute our last two offensive possessions down the floor and as a result, he hit a big three. All of our guys competed their hearts out. We should have won the game in regulation."
Steve Francis missed the go-ahead jumper and Turkoglu and Dwight Howard both missed follow shots as time expired in regulation.
Redd made three 3-pointers and Simmons added 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Gadzuric, who made two key defensive plays in the second overtime, finished with 17 points and three blocks off the bench.
"I guess I was open a lot and I just capitalized on that," Gadzuric said. "That's what I do. I step on the floor and I like to run a lot and just be energetic out there and help my guys in any way possible."
Turkoglu scored 27 points, Stevenson added 14 and Howard had 11 and 14 rebounds for the Magic, who shot 36 percent (32-of-90) overall.