Bucks’ 18 3-pointers Set Records, Burn Suns
Milwaukee 132, Phoenix 110
MILWAUKEE, March 28 (Ticker) -- Charlie Bell and Michael Redd lit up the Phoenix Suns.
Bell and Redd led an outside-shooting assault as the Milwaukee Bucks ran away for a 132-110 victory over the Suns.
The Bucks made a franchise-record 18 3-pointers and set a league record by connecting on 11 shots from behind the arc in a sizzling 46-point third quarter. Boston held the previous record for 3-pointers in a quarter with 10 on Nov. 17, 2001.
"They shot the ball extremely well, but we helped them out, we couldn't get to them," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said. "They hit all the easy shots and then hit all the hard ones. When you put that together, it's not good."
Milwaukee went 18-of-32 from deep and shot 60.5 percent (52-of-86) overall in its best offensive game of the season. The Bucks set an NBA record with 14 3-pointers in the second half.
"When you look at the offensive end, it's fun when you score like that," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "We've had some great wins, but this definitely ranks right up there."
Bell and Redd made four 3-pointers apiece in the third quarter, when the Bucks connected on 16-of-18 shots overall to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 104-88 lead.
"I think we shot the ball very well tonight, we just didn't get stops when we needed to," said Suns forward Shawn Marion, who scored 14 points. "They hit 11 3-pointers in the third quarter. Sometimes when one person gets hot, everybody's hot."
One game after recording his first career double-double, Bell notched his first triple-double with 19 points and career highs of 13 assists and 10 rebounds. He made 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc.
"When I was sitting in Spain, you would read about it (triple-double) but you never think it will happen to you," Bell said. "When you come from where I've come from, you just have to enjoy it."
Redd made six 3-pointers and scored 28 points to pace the Bucks, who had seven players with at least 14 points.
"We knew that we had to get out and run tonight," Redd said. "But I don't know of any flaws that we had in our offensive game. Everyone got hot tonight."
Toni Kukoc and Dan Gadzuric contributed 17 points apiece for Milwaukee (36-35), which moved within percentage points of Indiana for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
Reigning MVP Steve Nash recovered from his worst game in over three years to make 9-of-10 shots and score 23 points. He led seven players in double figures for the Suns (47-22), who already have clinched a playoff berth and are closing in on the Pacific Division title.
In Monday's 110-72 loss at New Jersey that opened a five-game road trip, Nash missed all five of his shots and went scoreless for the first time since Feb. 1, 2003.
Eddie House added 19 points in 16 minutes for Phoenix, which shot 49 percent (42-of-85) and went 11-of-28 from behind the arc.
Kukoc started the barrage from long range in the third quarter with consecutive 3-pointers, the first at the 11:07 mark. Bell then added two straight threes, with the second tying the game at 70-70 with 8:19 left in the quarter.
"I think we hit pretty much everything that we threw at the rim," said Kukoc, who went 4-of-5 from the arc.
The sweet-shooting Redd buried a 3-pointer at the 5:26 mark, giving the Bucks the lead for good at 83-80 and started a 15-3 run.
Redd added two more 3-pointers and Bell also drilled a pair in less than two minutes that pushed the lead to 95-83 with 3:10 left in the quarter. Redd provided a fitting end by hitting another 3-pointer with less than a second left.
Bobby Simmons and Maurice Williams added 15 points apiece and rookie Andrew Bogut 14 for the Bucks, who enjoyed their second straight huge offensive ouput. They were coming off Sunday's 125-116 overtime win against Toronto.
Before the game, the Suns announced forward Amaré Stoudemire would be sidelined indefinitely with stiffness and pain in his left knee as well as swelling in his right knee. The 2005 All-Star had played three games since returning from microfracture surgery on his left knee.