CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Redd scored 39 points in his
return to Milwaukee's lineup, leading the Bucks to a 112-102
victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
Redd, who missed the last three games because of a sprained
index finger, was 15-of-24 from the field and made four 3-pointers.
He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to break open a close
game and help the Bucks snap a two-game losing streak.
Redd had a terrific spurt with under 5 minutes to play, hitting
a pair of free throws, a 15-footer and scoring on a spinning layup
to push Milwaukee's lead to six at 107-101. After Charlotte held
the Bucks scoreless for several possessions, he put the game out of
reach with a long 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play.
How much longer the Bucks get to rely on Redd remains to be
seen. He has been mentioned in trade talks, and Milwaukee could
move him before Thursday's deadline.
Desmond Mason scored 20 points, but irritated Charlotte coach
Bernie Bickerstaff with a thunderous dunk in the closing seconds
when he was instructing the Bobcats not to foul.
Emeka Okafor, who missed eight of the last nine games with a
sprained ankle and skipped the Rookie Challenge during the All-Star
weekend, returned to the lineup. He had 12 points and eight
The Bucks led by as many as 13 in the third quarter, but
Charlotte chipped away and cut it to 87-86 by the end of the
period. The Bobcats then took their first lead of the second half
on Brezec's tipin that made it 88-87 with 11:29 to play.
The lead went back and forth over the next five possessions
until the Bucks scored six straight points to take a 98-94
advantage. Milwaukee pushed the margin to seven points after Toni
Kukoc made a 3-pointer and Redd hit a pair of free throws.
But the Bobcats answered with a 3 from Rush and a short jumper
from Okafor cut it to 103-101.
The Miami Heat have contacted the Bobcats about trading for
guard Steve Smith, but the team is letting Smith decide if he wants
to go or not. Smith has already rejected a proposal that would have
sent him to the Nets. ... Charlotte is close to signing guard Matt
Carroll of the NBDL's Roanoke Dazzle. ... The Bucks activated
Marcus Fizer before the game, but he did not play. ... Williams'
previous career high in assists was 13. ... Kukoc shot 2-of-8.