Bucks 113, Magic 102

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Michael Redd made a big statement to Tracy McGrady—at both ends of the court.

Redd scored a career-high 40 points—32 in the second half—and held McGrady scoreless in the fourth quarter in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 113-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Redd converted a key three-point play with 47 seconds left, made his final 10 shots and was 12-of-15 in the second half.

“Just an unbelievable zone, man,” Redd said. “My teammates kept finding me, kept finding me. We had fun.”

Playing with a strained big toe in his left foot, McGrady scored 20 points in 42 minutes, but missed his only three shots in the fourth quarter. Two days earlier, he scored 34 points in the Magic’s 106-99 victory over Milwaukee in Orlando.

“He embarrassed us in Orlando. Flat out,” Redd said. “He had 34 points and just embarrassed us.”

In the game two days earlier, Redd missed 14 of 19 shots and was held to 18 points while guarded by rookie Keith Bogans.

“Michael Redd hit all kinds of shots tonight,” said Bogans, who had a career-high 21 points. “That just goes to show you how, in this league, a guy might have an off-night and you might defend him well, but he’s going to come back out there the next night and play well.”

Desmond Mason added 18 points off the bench for the Bucks. Milwaukee’s reserves outscored Orlando’s backups 38-27, two days after the Magic’s reserves topped the Bucks’ bench 43-27.

“We talked about bringing a better effort, matching their bench play,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “A lot of it was just about not allowing their bench to dominate.”

Juwan Howard tied a season high with 24 points for Orlando.

Milwaukee scored 67 points in the second half, including nine in a row in the final minute.

The Magic ran off eight consecutive points, capped by a free throw from Drew Gooden, to pull to 102-100 with 1:01 to go.

Redd then drove the baseline for a basket and was fouled to set up the three-point play that made it 105-100 with 47 seconds left.

Shammond Williams missed a jumper for Orlando. Joe Smith was then fouled, and made both free throws for a 107-100 lead with 41 seconds to go. Mason then hit four consecutive free throws to cap the 9-0 run and give the Bucks a 111-100 lead with 26 seconds left.

Redd scored 14 points in the third quarter, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, to give Milwaukee a 76-74 lead, the first time the Bucks led inthe second half.


Milwaukee scored all 20 of its first-quarter points from the paint. … Orlando has lost nine consecutive road games and 10 of 13 overall. … The Bucks have won 11 of 12 at home. … The attendance of 13,455 was the lowestfor the Bucks at the Bradley Center this season.

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8 Rebs, 4 Assists
M. Redd M. Redd
16-25,  40 Pts
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