Redd Scores 39 Points To Rally Bucks
Milwaukee 96, Indiana 89
MILWAUKEE, April 1 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd's scorching third period gave the Milwaukee Bucks the momentum they needed to finish strong.
Redd scored 20 of his 39 points in the third quarter as the Bucks posted a 96-89 triumph over the Indiana Pacers, who lost their fourth straight game.
"This is a game that we had to win, for more than one reason," Redd said. "Indiana is a team that we had to split with, that will definitely help us with the seeding. After a tough loss last night, we had to get this win."
"I like setting records, not just season highs," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "It's good to be a part of it. The other ones were good, but to only have two turnovers in a game says a lot about our passing abilities."
Redd scored at least 37 points for the second straight outing. He also had 37 in Friday's 112-105 loss at league-leading Detroit.
"He (Redd) was in a zone, just like last night in Detroit," Stotts said. "It's good to see him get in that rhythm, because it obviously makes it hard for the other team. Our team feeds off of that. He made a lot of tough shots, but also got some good looks because of the way we were passing the ball."
Trailing, 47-41, at the half, the Bucks rallied behind Redd, who made four 3-pointers in the period.
"He (Redd) was phenomenal with his shot making, especially in the third and the fourth (quarters)," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "Then all of them were hitting threes after a while. The third quarter did us in."
With a 74-72 lead entering the final period, Milwaukee ran off eight straight points to go in front by double digits. Charlie Bell capped the burst at the 9:07 mark with a 3-pointer.
The Pacers crept within 85-80 early in the fourth quarter before Redd beat the shot clock by drilling another 3-pointer.
Jermaine O'Neal, who scored 27 points, made a layup with 74 seconds left to pull the Pacers within 90-84.
But on the ensuing possession, Bell drilled a shot from the arc to all but seal things.
Redd made 16-of-29 shots, including 5-of-9 from long range.
Rookie Andrew Bogut added 15 points and eight rebounds, Mo Williams 12 points and Bell 10 for Milwaukee.
O'Neal, who missed a game earlier this week after aggravating a groin injury, collected nine rebounds and four blocks.
Jamaal Tinsley added 15 points and seven assists for the Pacers.
"We just have to put it together for 48 minutes," said Tinsley of the team's inconsistent defense and turnover problems. "It's an 82-game season. We're down to 72, 10 more games. We have to bring it together as a group."