Suns Host Bucks in Quest for Six Straight Wins
Posted Dec 1 2006 1:37PM
NBA.com Daily Confidential
The Milwaukee Bucks just ended one lengthy losing streak against a tough opponent. Now they'll look to stop an even longer one against the Phoenix Suns.
The Bucks (5-9) look for their first win in Phoenix since 1987 when they take on the Suns (8-6) on Friday night in the second game of a four-game road trip.
Milwaukee has lost 18 straight in Phoenix, the NBA's second-longest active road losing streak against an opponent. The Bucks, though, are coming off a 109-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Michael Redd scored 45 points - 18 in the fourth quarter - to lift Milwaukee to its first win over the Lakers in five years.
The Bucks led for most of the third quarter, but a 27-13 run by the Lakers gave Los Angeles a one-point lead with 55 seconds left in the period.
When Kobe Bryant went to the bench with his fourth foul 14 seconds later, however, Milwaukee took advantage, opening up a 95-82 lead with 7:34 left to play. Redd scored 13 straight points during that stretch.
Redd is averaging a career-high 30.4 points.
``It's not so much the points for me this year,'' said Redd, in his seventh season with the Bucks. ``I didn't come in with the mindset to average 30. I came in with the mindset to win games. I'm not worried about stats. I'm just playing basketball. You play better when you're not worrying about stats and individual accolades.''
Redd is averaging 20.3 points in 10 games against the Suns, winners of five straight and seven of eight.
The Suns blew a 22-point first-half lead and briefly fell behind with 9:21 to play, but regained control when Steve Nash, who was 2-for-11 at that point, hit back-to-back shots including a 3-pointer.
``We weren't clicking. We didn't have it going,'' said Nash, who finished with eight points, ``so in some ways I was proud of us for sticking with it, because this wasn't one of those nights when things were flowing.''
Stoudemire's double-double was his sixth of the season and third straight. He was sidelined for all but three games last season following knee surgery and began this season coming off the bench.
Stoudemire is averaging 15.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2006-07.
The Suns are averaging 106.6 points per game while the Bucks are scoring 98.9. Defense, however, hasn't been the strength of either team, as both are giving up more than 100 points per game.
The Suns have won 25 of the last 29 meetings with the Bucks since 1991.
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