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Redd fails attempt to tie game at the line

2/22/2004

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Elton Brand spoiled Keith Van Horn's Milwaukee
debut, and Michael Redd blew the Bucks' chance to force overtime.

Brand had 31 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks Saturday night
in the Clippers' 105-103 victory over the Bucks that snapped a
five-game road losing streak.

Redd, an 89 percent free throw shooter, was fouled by Corey
Maggette while attempting a desperation 3-pointer with one-tenth of
a second left and the Bucks trailing 105-102.

"I'm thinking overtime," Bucks coach Terry Porter said.

But, after Clippers guard Quentin Richardson walked across the
lane, Redd missed his first free throw attempt. He made the second,
then committed a lane violation while deliberately missing his
third.

"It's a position you always want to be in," said Redd, who
made his All-Star debut last week. "Sometimes you make them,
sometimes you don't. I've made plenty of clutch baskets in my
career. But I miss some. It happens."

He didn't blame Richardson for causing a delay, either.

"That's no excuse," Redd said. "You've still got to make the
free throw and I didn't make it."

Maggette argued that he never should have been whistled on the
play in the first place, one of 59 fouls called by Dick Bavetta's
crew.

"The ball don't lie," Maggette said. "So, that's the end of
that. There's nothing else to say."

Redd was held to 14 points, eight below his average, on 4-of-16
shooting.

"He's a terrific player, our game plan is centered on stopping
him," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We give a lot of help,
double teams in the low post. Guys individually worked hard at
stopping him."

The Clippers won in Milwaukee for the first time since Feb. 23,
1997.

Van Horn led the Bucks with 23 points in 30 minutes. He also had
eight rebounds.

"My legs aren't quite there yet, my wind isn't quite there. But
having not played a game in almost two weeks, I felt pretty good,"
said Van Horn, who missed Milwaukee's first two games after the
trade to tie up loose ends at his house in New Jersey.

But Van Horn's night began and ended with airballs.

His last one came during a 10-2 run the Clippers used to take
the lead for good at 100-99 on a 15-foot jumper by Bobby Simmons
with 54 seconds left.

After Redd's 3-pointer pulled Milwaukee to 103-102 with five
seconds left, Maggette sank two free throws with 4.4 seconds
remaining, then fouled Redd at the other end.

Van Horn, traded from New York last weekend in a three-team deal
that sent Tim Thomas to the Knicks, watched as the Bucks fell
behind 21-6, then came off the bench for the first time all season.

Redd and Porter said Van Horn fit right in, but Van Horn wasn't
pleased.

"My assessment of it starts with the win or loss column and we
obviously were in the wrong column tonight," he said.

Game notes
The teams shot 33 free throws in the third quarter. ... The
Clippers placed G Doug Overton on the injured list with a sprained
left ankle and activated Simmons, who had been on the injured list
since Jan. 18 with a sprained left hip. ... Porter's No. 30 jersey
was retired at Milwaukee South Division High School, where he
played from 1979-81. "That was nice to have that happen,
especially for me, considering my career wasn't like a McDonald's
High School All-American or anything," Porter said.