Thursday, April 22, 2004

Redd scores 26 to pace Milwaukee win


Bucks hold off host Detroit late to tie series with Pistons 1-1

The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Michael Redd scored a career playoff high 26 points and Milwaukee held on to beat Detroit 92-88 Wednesday in Game 2, evening their series.

Milwaukee led 87-72 with 3:13 left, but needed a costly miscue by Detroit and Redd to convert two free throws to escape with the win.

"It probably would've destroyed us if we lost because of the way we played," Redd said. "It would've been a travesty."

After Milwaukee's Damon Jones missed two free throws with 9.5 seconds left, the Pistons had a chance for the win.

Rasheed Wallace took a pass in the corner, mishandled the ball and it went out of bounds with 4.1 seconds left.

"I ain't making no excuses," Wallace said. "It just slipped out of my hands."

Chauncey Billups led Detroit with 20 points before fouling out, and Richard Hamilton had 18 points before being ejected with a second technical foul with 4:58 left.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday in Milwaukee.

After a close first quarter, Milwaukee went ahead for good with 4:48 left in the first half.

The Bucks led by as much as 14 in the third quarter and maintained a comfortable cushion until Detroit rallied with nine straight points to pull to 87-81 with 1:36 to go.

Milwaukee struggled with turnovers again - 20 of them led to 21 points for Detroit - but it didn't cost the Bucks the game.

Before the game, Redd said his teammates would provide plenty of help on offense, and they did.

Desmond Mason scored 17 and Joe Smith added 11 points and 13 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE (92)-Smith 4-11 3-4 11, D.Mason 6-17 5-6 17, Skinner 2-3 1-4 5, Redd 8-17 6-6 26, Jones 2-3 2-4 7, Knight 3-7 5-6 11, Van Horn 0-7 0-1 0, Strickland 0-0 0-0 0, Kukoc 7-8 0-0 15. Totals 32-73 22-31 92.

DETROIT (88)-Prince 5-10 5-5 16, R.Wallace 7-12 1-2 16, B.Wallace 3-7 1-2 7, R.Hamilton 8-18 2-4 18, Billups 6-18 5-6 20, James 2-6 0-0 4, Hunter 2-6 2-2 7, Williamson 0-5 0-0 0, Ham 0-0 0-0 0, Okur 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-82 16-21 88.

Milwaukee25232222-92
Detroit25161928-88

3-Point Goals-Milwaukee 6-12 (Redd 4-7, Kukoc 1-2, Jones 1-2, D.Mason 0-1), Detroit 6-25 (Billups 3-9, Prince 1-3, R.Wallace 1-5, Hunter 1-5, James 0-1, R.Hamilton 0-2). Fouled out-Billups, R.Hamilton. Rebounds-Milwaukee 57 (Smith 13), Detroit 47 (R.Wallace 12). Assists-Milwaukee 19 (Jones 7), Detroit 25 (Billups 8). Total fouls-Milwaukee 23, Detroit 26. Technicals-D.Mason, R.Hamilton 2. Ejected-R.Hamilton. A-22,076 (22,076).

Heat 93, Hornets 63

MIAMI - New Orleans shot 24.4 percent to tie for the second-lowest playoff point total since the shot clock was introduced in 1954, and the Heat won for a 2-0 lead in their playoff series.

The Hornets finished 20-for-82. Dwyane Wade's basket with 1.3 seconds left gave Heat a win in Game 1, but they wrapped up Game 2 early, taking a 23-point lead in the third quarter.

New Orleans' offensive meltdown was a collective effort. All-Star center Jamaal Magloire repeatedly missed inside, All-Star guard Baron Davis went 3-for-14. Twice the Hornets misfired on 10 consecutive tries.

NEW ORLEANS (63)-Lynch 2-3 0-0 4, P.Brown 2-12 0-0 4, Magloire 4-11 1-3 9, Wesley 2-9 2-2 8, Davis 3-14 7-9 13, Augmon 1-8 6-6 8, Traylor 2-3 0-0 4, West 1-3 3-4 5, Armstrong 1-8 1-1 4, Smith 2-9 0-0 4, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Carter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-82 20-25 63.

MIAMI (93)-C.Butler 7-15 4-4 18, Odom 5-11 2-2 13, Grant 6-13 3-4 15, Wade 5-8 4-4 14, Jones 6-14 6-6 19, Haslem 0-0 3-4 3, Alston 1-7 5-6 7, Walker 0-1 0-0 0, R.Butler 1-1 0-0 2, Wang 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Woods 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-71 27-30 93.

New Orleans17171019-63
Miami28152327-93
3-Point Goals-New Orleans 3-18 (Wesley 2-6, Armstrong 1-5, Smith 0-1, Davis 0-6), Miami 2-15 (Odom 1-3, Jones 1-7, C.Butler 0-1, Alston 0-4). Fouled out-Magloire. Rebounds-New Orleans 55 (Magloire 10), Miami 54 (Grant 11). Assists-New Orleans 12 (Davis 7), Miami 19 (Wade 6). Total fouls-New Orleans 24, Miami 23. Technicals-New Orleans Defensive Three Second, Haslem. Flagrant fouls-Williams. A-20,189 (19,600).

Timberwolves 95, Nuggets 81

MINNEAPOLIS - Latrell Sprewell Sprewell scored 31 points, Kevin Garnett had his third career playoff triple-double and Minnesota beat Denver to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

Garnett didn't have any great highlights, shooting just 9-for-27. But he finished with 20 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists, and now has 42 rebounds in two games.

Voshon Lenard led the Nuggets with 24 points, but only nine came in the final three quarters.

DENVER (81)-Anthony 5-11 5-6 15, Nene 2-6 4-8 8, Camby 1-9 0-0 2, Lenard 8-17 6-6 24, A.Miller 6-13 0-0 12, Elson 1-2 0-0 2, Boykins 5-11 2-3 12, Doleac 1-2 0-0 2, Barry 1-3 0-0 2, Andersen 0-0 0-0 0, Bowen 0-0 0-0 0, White 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 31-76 17-23 81.

MINNESOTA (95)-Sprewell 11-17 2-3 31, Garnett 9-27 2-2 20, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Hassell 2-4 1-2 5, Cassell 6-17 0-0 12, Olowokandi 2-3 4-4 8, Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Szczerbiak 4-6 3-3 11, Hoiberg 2-3 0-0 5, Madsen 0-0 0-0 0, O.Miller 0-0 1-2 1, Trent 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-79 13-16 95.

Denver2791827-81
Minnesota28221629-95

3-Point Goals-Denver 2-8 (Lenard 2-5, Anthony 0-1, Boykins 0-1, A.Miller 0-1), Minnesota 8-15 (Sprewell 7-8, Hoiberg 1-2, Garnett 0-1, Cassell 0-4). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Denver 46 (Anthony 9), Minnesota 50 (Garnett 22). Assists-Denver 14 (Anthony, Nene 3), Minnesota 25 (Garnett 10). Total fouls-Denver 21, Minnesota 25. Technicals-Minnesota Defensive Three Second 2. A-18,101.




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