MILWAUKEE, April 29 (Ticker) --
Sharpshooter Michael Redd
Milwaukee Bucks showed the Detroit Pistons that they are not
ready to pack it in just yet.
Redd scored 15 of his playoff career-high 40 points in the third
quarter and Mo Williams
added 20 off the bench as the Bucks
notched their first win in three tries in the Eastern Conference
opening-round series, 124-104 over the Pistons.
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Reserve Joe Smith
scored 13 points and T.J. Ford
career-best 15 assists for the Bucks, who shot 60 percent
(47-of-78) overall and made 11-of-17 from the arc.
"Now we've got a series, we're going to have to regroup and come
back and play a team with some confidence," Pistons coach
A 6-6 guard, Redd frustrated Detroit's defense throughout. He
shot 14-of-21 from the floor, including 4-of-5 3-pointers, and
also grabbed five rebounds.
"We did a good job penetrating, making the extra pass and
pushing the ball at them," Redd said. "That's the kind of game
that you dream about as a kid."
After suffering back-to-back double-figure losses at Detroit in
the first two games of the series, Milwaukee put together an
early lead and never looked back.
"We played together and did a good job of not letting them lock
in," said Ford, who scored seven points. "It doesn't mean
anything if I don't come out and put the same pressure on them
The Bucks held a seven-point edge at intermission before pulling
away for good as Redd hit two 3-pointers during a commanding
23-6 burst through the first eight minutes of the period,
helping build an 84-60 bulge.
The Pistons allowed the most points since giving up 120 to
Washington in the regular season on Nov. 25.
"When you have a team that can shoot the ball well, they have
the ability to get on a roll," Saunders said. "We just never
got into playing our style of ball."
, who scored 26 points, made two free throws to
cut the deficit to 94-79 with 10 1/2 minutes remaining in the
game. However, Redd responded by scoring Milwaukee's next three
baskets, keeping the Pistons at bay.
Detroit received little support from Richard Hamilton
, who was
called for a technical and flagrant foul in the second half.
"I got hit like that in the first half and it wasn't even a
foul," said Hamilton, who scored 10 points. "No way that was a
flagrant and if you asked Mike (Redd), he'd tell you that it
wasn't a flagrant foul."
scored 18 points and Lindsey Hunter
added 14 off
the bench for Detroit, which shot 48 percent (34-of-70) and was
outscored, 48-20, in the paint.
Milwaukee hosts Game Four on Monday.