Redd’s 57 Not Enough for Bucks
Posted Nov 12 2006 1:46AM
Jazz 113, Bucks 111
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 11 (AP) -- The best night in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history was not enough for a win.
Michael Redd scored 57 points to break Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise record, but Matt Harpring made a layup with 1.8 seconds left to give the Utah Jazz a 113-111 victory over the Bucks on Saturday night.
``I will probably just go home and thank God,'' Redd said. ``A second-round pick, a guy that didn't know if he was going to make the team or not, to this. I am just grateful. I can't describe it.
``But I wanted to win. That's the main thing. It probably would have felt better if I would have won the game.''
The Bucks almost did, as Redd's 39-point second half helped erase a 24-point, first-half deficit.
The Bucks dropped their fourth straight to fall to 2-5, their worst start since 2000-01.
Redd broke the franchise scoring record of 55 set by Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's career scoring leader, against the Boston Celtics on Dec. 10, 1971.
Redd made 18 of 32 field goals, going 6-of-12 from 3-point range and 15-of-17 on free throws.
It was Redd's first career 50-point game and sixth career 40-point night. He has scored at least 30 points in four of seven games this season.
Redd's previous career high of 43 points came in a 116-103 season-ending loss to Washington last April 18.
Redd said he has never scored 57 at any level. He said he once scored 56 in an AAU game in high school.
``At first I thought it might be a difficult night because I knew they would hone on me,'' Redd said. ``I had no intentions of trying to come in and score 57 points, just play basketball and see what happened. It happened.
``A lot of shots were going in, I don't know how.''
The Jazz dominated much of the game, but saw their big lead evaporate in the fourth quarter behind Redd's 25 points in the period - including 11 in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the quarter.
Utah still led 109-102 with less than two minutes left, but Ruben Patterson hit two free throws to cut the lead to five with 1:08 remaining. Andrew Bogut's dunk and free throw made it 109-107 with 39 seconds left.
Williams then missed a 3-pointer on the other end, and Redd was fouled on the rebound but missed the first of two free throws with 12 seconds left to keep it 109-108.
Redd then fouled Boozer on the inbounds play, and he made both free throws to put Utah up three with 11 seconds remaining. Redd then curled off a screen and nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 6.9 seconds left to tie it.
Williams, however, dribbled quickly down the floor and found Harpring cutting on the baseline for a layup with 1.8 seconds left.
``I saw an opening and got a great pass,'' Harpring said. ``I knew I had a back door, caught eyes with D-Williams and he made a great pass.''
Redd missed a fadeaway 27-footer at the buzzer.
``I thought I was going to make it, actually,'' Redd said. ``It felt good, and it just went off to the side.''
It was not all good news for the Jazz, who lost forward Andrei Kirilenko to what the team called a severely sprained right ankle midway through the second quarter. Kirilenko, who was in a walking boot after the game, appeared to roll the ankle while vying for a loose ball on the left sideline with Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova.
Williams, a second-year player, continued his solid play. He had 18 points in the first half - including his first 3-pointer of the season - one night after sinking 10 of 15 shots and scoring 26 points in a win over the Celtics. Williams had 14 assists Friday.
Boozer scored 14 points in the third quarter en route to a season high.
But the story was Redd, who outscored all of his teammates, 57-54.
``You know, I've seen Michael Jordan and those guys do that, but, Michael Redd, he's just sensational,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. ``I'd say tonight is right up there at the top with any of them in that situation. He brought his team back and gave them life, and they knew they had an opportunity to win.''
Utah was in control early, taking advantage of a porous Bucks defense for a series of layups and dunks, as fans booed. The Jazz almost put the game out of reach early in the second quarter with a 16-0 run before Redd's charge.
``We didn't win the game,'' Bogut said. ``(Redd) played a great game individually, but I am sure he would much rather score 20 points and get a win. He would much rather get a 'W' than have someone score 60.''
Patterson made his first seven shots and finished with 18 points.
Utah rookie Paul Millsap had a career-high 15 points and Harpring had 17.
Notes: The Jazz have won four straight games against Milwaukee and seven of nine. ... Redd has scored in double digits in 87 straight games, the fifth-longest streak in team history. Abdul-Jabbar holds the team record. He scored in double digits in all 467 games he played with the Bucks. ... Besides his 55-point effort in 1971, Abdul-Jabbar also scored 53 points four times in a Milwaukee uniform.
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