Bucks Return Home to Rout Sonics
Milwaukee 106, Seattle 91
MILWAUKEE, Feb. 14 (Ticker) -- The Milwaukee Bucks looked like a team that was happy to come home.
Michael Redd scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Bucks rolled to a 106-91 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
However, the Bucks showed no signs of fatigue Tuesday as they extended their home winning streak to six games and held their franchise-record 10th consecutive opponent to 94 points or less. The SuperSonics entered the game as the second-highest scoring team in the NBA at 102.3 points per game.
"I'm proud of our streak of keeping teams under 94," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "Really everyone on the floor contributed defensively."
The team concept also applied on the offensive end, where every player scored for the Bucks, including five in double figures.
"We're starting to come around as a team, we're really playing unselfish basketball," Milwaukee guard Charlie Bell said. "It's becoming a recurring story just about every game, we come in and play well together."
Milwaukee never trailed and pulled away early, using a 10-0 run in the first quarter to open a 27-15 lead. After rookie Johan Petro's jumper drew Seattle within 17-15 with just over four minutes left, T.J. Ford hit a pair of free throws and assisted on Redd's dunk to start the burst, which was capped by a hook shot from Smith with 2:24 remaining.
"We were taking shortcuts out there, got off to a terrible start defensively and really dug a hole offensively," Sonics coach Bob Hill said.
The Sonics closed the opening period with four straight points, but the Bucks broke open the game by beginning the second with a 15-4 surge. Bell recorded three of his eight assists during the run before ending it with a jumper that made it 42-24 with eight minutes to go in the half.
Rashard Lewis scored 25 points and former Buck Ray Allen added 19 for Seattle, which shot 51 percent (35-of-69) but committed 22 turnovers.
"We played on our heels all night and we can't win games that way," Allen said. "What we showed tonight has been typical of us all year."
The only negative for the Bucks came when Ford left the game in the third quarter with a mid-back contusion and did not return. Ford missed the entire 2004-05 season due to a spinal cord bruise, but according to Ford, this injury won't cause him to miss any time.
"I'll be ready for the next game (Wednesday at Indiana)," said Ford, who is officially listed as day-to-day. "I could have come back and finished the game, but the way it was going, it just made sense to shut it down."