Bucks Look to Stop Skid as They Visit the Hawks
Posted Nov 14 2006 11:21AM
Michael Redd is scoring at a blistering pace this season, but it has not been enough for the Milwaukee Bucks so far.
Coming off a record-breaking night, Redd tries to help the Bucks avoid a fifth loss in a row as they visit the surprising Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
Redd broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's franchise record with 57 points Saturday, but the Bucks (2-5) dropped their fourth straight, 113-111 to the Utah Jazz. Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's career scoring leader, scored 55 against the Boston Celtics on Dec. 10, 1971.
``I will probably just go home and thank God,'' said Redd, who outscored his teammates by three points. ``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.''
Redd entered this week leading the league with 32.4 points per game, 7.0 more than the career high he set last season.
The seven-year veteran, who is shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 92.2 at the foul line, shot 14-of-22 from the floor while making all eight of his free throws on Saturday. His previous career high was 43 points.
``We didn't win the game,'' Bucks center Andrew 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.''
Redd, who had 25 points in the fourth quarter, has six career 40-point games and has scored at least 30 in four of seven games this season. He has scored in double digits in 87 straight games, the fifth-longest streak in team history. Abdul-Jabbar, who scored in double digits in all 467 games he played with the Bucks, holds the team record.
Still, the Bucks are off to their worst start since the 2000-01 season and are allowing 104.7 points per game, ranking near the bottom of the league.
``That was quite an exhibition by Michael,'' coach Terry Stotts said. ``He was fun to watch, showed a lot of heart. It obviously takes five guys out there.''
Redd scored 36 points in his most recent game against Atlanta, but Milwaukee lost 120-114 on April 15. The Bucks had won the previous five meetings, with Redd averaging only 21.5 points.
The Hawks (4-2) are coming off their first loss in five games, 113-112 in overtime to Seattle. The four-game winning streak was the longest since a five-game run in 1999 for Atlanta, which started 0-9 last season en route to a 26-56 record.
``We've been playing well,'' coach Mike Woodson said. ``They'll be down from this. I told them, they way we've been playing, we're going to be in a lot of close games, unless we win them just running away.''
Joe Johnson scored 28 points, becoming the first player in Hawks history to score 25 or more in each of the team's first six games.
However, Atlanta made just 21 of 33 free-throw attempts and is shooting 72 percent from the line this season.
``We came out of training camp shooting 80 percent from the line, and I think we're shooting in the low 70s now,'' Woodson said. ``Over the last few games, we haven't made free throws. I don't know what it is. We just have to go back to practicing and continue to shoot them.''
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