Redd Leads Bucks to Rout of Knicks
Milwaukee 97, New York 80
NEW YORK, April 14 (Ticker) -- Michael Redd would not let the Milwaukee Bucks look past an inferior opponent.
Redd scored 23 points and the Bucks took control in the second half en route to a 97-80 rout of the New York Knicks.
"Ever since training camp started, that was our main goal to make it to the playoffs and definitely now it's (about) getting a good seed instead of just making the playoffs," Milwaukee guard T.J. Ford said. "We want to just try to get the fifth seed and go from there."
Redd got off to good start, scoring 18 points in the first half as the Bucks grabbed a 51-43 lead at the break. Redd, who has scored in double figures in every game this season, made 9-of-15 shots in 32 minutes.
"We started off fast, which was key," Redd said. "That was big. We just flowed the rest of the game. We really didn't make them have the run throughout the game, which was key. We played well tonight."
Ford scored nine of his 14 points in the third quarter, when the Bucks outscored the Knicks, 32-14, to open a 83-57 advantage. He dished out 10 assists.
"It's much better," Bogut said of playing with a big lead. We just got to do that against the good teams. It was good to get a blowout."
Milwaukee snapped a six-game road losing streak and began a stretch of four games in five nights with its most lopsided road win in over six weeks.
During their skid, the Bucks had allowed 98.3 points. But they never trailed after the game's opening moments and held an opponent under 85 points for the first time since Feb. 4 and fourth time overall.
"It was a performance that we needed," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "Defensively that was probably one of our better games as far as weak side helping the strong side, whether it was post-ups or pick-and-rolls. This was one game where I think our defense contributed to our offense. A lot of times, it's the other way around. So you like having a game like that this time of year."
"Tonight felt really good," Redd said. "We see what can happen when we start out fast. New York, we knew they would come in and try to play spoiler tonight on our playoff hopes and our seeding. We came focused tonight. So one part of the mission is finalized."
Bobby Simmons added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee, which has won consecutive games following a four-game losing streak.
Joe Smith chipped in 11 for the Bucks, who shot 50 percent (39-of-78) and outrebounded New York, 42-34.
The Knicks were without coach Larry Brown due to a stomach ailment. Brown was released from a Cleveland hospital Friday afternoon, a day after leaving a game against the Cavaliers in the second half.
Instead Herb Williams, who finished last season as the team's head coach, was at the helm. He watched the Knicks record 17 turnovers, which led to 28 Milwaukee points and New York's 31st double-digit loss of the season.
"We did a pretty goood job in the first half," Williams said. "But then in the third quarter, we came out and had no energy. We didn't move the ball and we turned it over too much. We fell back into what we were doing before."
Maurice Taylor scored 22 points to pace the Knicks (22-57), who have the Eastern Conference's worst record.
Reigning Eastern Conference player of the week Jamal Crawford was held to six on 2-of-12 shooting.
"It is tough because everyone knows the capabilities they have and nobody is playing to their standards," New York guard Steve Francis said. "As a professional, you just have to grind it out and stay focused."