MICHAEL REDD
Milwaukee's finest exploded for 37 points on 13-of-29 shooting, including 5-of-13 from the 3-point line, adding five rebounds and five assists.
JIM O'BRIEN
"Tight ballgame up until the beginning of the fourth quarter and we didn't have what it took to get a W against these guys."
  • Points in the paint: Bucks 36, Pacers 30
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 10, Bucks 9
  • Second-chance points: Bucks 17, Pacers 13
  • Points off turnovers: Bucks 17, Pacers 5
  • Starters scoring: Bucks 85, Pacers 84
  • Bench scoring: Bucks 19, Pacers 8
  • Indiana's reserves combined to produce a season-low eight points on 4-of-21 shooting, with more turnovers (five) than field goals made.
    The road trip concludes Saturday in Miami with a matinee against Dwyane Wade and the Heat (3:30 p.m., FSN-Indiana, WFNI-1070 AM).
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  • MILWAUKEE 104, INDIANA 92
    Pacers' defense seeing Redd

    At Milwaukee | Jan. 24, 2008


    What the Pacers lack in individual star-power they are designed to compensate for with collective productivity. It hasn't worked out that way lately.

    One night after Kirk Hinrich torched them for a career-high 38 points as the Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 13-point victory, Michael Redd ignited for 37 as the Bucks followed the same pattern, dominating the closing minutes in a 104-92 victory Thursday in the Bradley Center.

    "Tight ballgame up until the beginning of the fourth quarter and we didn't have what it took to get a W against these guys," said Coach Jim O'Brien. "I thought we played hard as heck, we just didn't have what was necessary in the fourth quarter to beat them. I thought we did a good job of hustling and communicating defensively but that's not good enough."

    The Pacers (19-25) lost their second in a row and 12th in 16 games, while Milwaukee (17-26) snapped a three-game losing streak largely thanks to Redd.

    In what was a tight game through three periods with neither team leading by more than six, the Pacers took a 75-74 lead early in the fourth quarter on Mike Dunleavy's free throws. With both teams using lineups comprised primarily of second unit players, the Bucks put together a quick 12-0 burst to build an 86-75 lead as the Pacers went 0-of-6 from the field and committed three turnovers.

    The starters returned and cut the deficit to 88-82 on Danny Granger's 3-pointer with 6:06 remaining but that's when Redd took over, scoring eight points – including a pair of 3-pointers – in a 10-3 run that pushed the Bucks into a 98-85 lead with 3:50 remaining.

    "I think I played our starters a lot of minutes in a back-to-back game but we really weren't getting a lot of productivity from our bench," said O'Brien. "I felt at the beginning of the fourth quarter we had our bench people (in the game), we got behind much the same as we did in the first half when we went to the bench. Those guys, I have confidence in them, and we need them to be consistently productive. So I just decided to go with the guys that played well throughout the night and that was our starting team."

    The Pacers got a season-low eight points on a combined 4-of-21 shooting from the second unit, including two points and 1-of-10 shooting in the second half. Shawne Williams (0-of-6, two turnovers in 10 minutes) and Marquis Daniels (1-of-7 in 18 minutes) struggled mightily. The Pacers brought an average of 32.5 bench points into the game but missing two starters, the rotation thinned.

    In addition to Jermaine O'Neal sitting out his fourth game in a row and 11th of the season with a sore left knee, Jamaal Tinsley was bothered by the same malady and also was inactive.

    Dunleavy led the Indiana scoring with 22, adding six rebounds and five assists. Granger had 20 points and nine rebounds. Making his first career start in the arena where he starred in college for Marquette, Travis Diener played well with 15 points and a career-high nine assists. Kareem Rush scored 14 but appeared to tweak his problematic right ankle in the second quarter and Jeff Foster added 13 points with six rebounds.

    Andrew Bogut (17 points, seven rebounds) and Bobby Simmons (16 points, eight rebounds) played strong supporting roles for the Bucks.