Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/27

Game 1: Sunday, February 27th
Game 2: Tuesday, March 22nd

SuperSonics 73

(38-16, 18-8 away)

Bucks 99

(23-31, 16-11 home)

    2:00 PM ET, February 27, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 10 24 18 2173
    MIL 31 18 26 2499

    Top Performers

    Sea: N. Collison 9 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mil: M. Redd 35 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Seattle hits just 29.4 percent from the field

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd put aside his friendship with former teammate Ray Allen to help the Milwaukee Bucks end Seattle's three-game winning streak.

    Redd scored 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting and played tough defense on Allen, leading the Bucks to a 99-73 victory over the SuperSonics on Sunday.

    "Personally, it wasn't about Ray and me today," Redd said. "It was about Milwaukee and the Sonics."

    Allen, a fan favorite for more than six seasons with Milwaukee, scored 16 points on 4-for-16 shooting in his first game at the Bradley Center since being traded on Feb. 20, 2003, by then general manager Ernie Grunfeld for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason. Kevin Ollie, Ronald Murray and a draft pick were also dealt to Seattle in a move that current general manager Larry Harris called one of the most devastating trades in Bucks' history.

    Allen missed last season's return to Milwaukee while recovering from a right ankle injury.

    The last Seattle starter to be announced, Allen received a rousing welcome that could have gone longer had the Bucks not started their own pre-game video introductions.

    "There was a little outside motivation today because a lot of people miss Ray in the Milwaukee area," said Redd, Allen's teammate for more than two seasons. "It's well deserved because he was here for a while and was great here."

    Allen, who earned three of his five trips to the All-Star game while with the Bucks, was aware of the circumstances of his return.

    "It was a very weird feeling, I'm not going to lie to you," Allen said after finishing eight points below his scoring average. "My emotions were torn a little bit."

    Eligible for free agency at the end of this season, Allen has yet to agree on a contract extension with Seattle. There is also speculation that Allen might be willing to listen to what the Bucks would offer.

    The only problem in that scenario is Redd. The Bucks traded Keith Van Horn and Michael James before the deadline and freed up salary they plan to use to sign Redd, the 43rd pick in the 2000 draft.

    Allen knows that reality.

    "It will be a very slim chance, because Mike is their No. 2 guard," Allen said. "We play the same position. What Mike does and I do are similar. You wouldn't want that position to be overblown like that would be."

    Mason had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Joe Smith added 16 points as the Bucks limited the Sonics to a season-low 29.4 percent shooting from the floor.

    The Sonics had their lowest point total of the season, six points less than their Nov. 17 game at New Jersey.

    The other Sonics in double figures were Murray with 11 points and Antonio Daniels with 10.

    Seattle, which has the fourth-best record in the league, struggled from the start. The Sonics' previous shooting low was 32.5 percent (31-for-85) at Houston five days ago.

    The Bucks had lost three of the last five.

    After watching their 21-point lead shrink to nine points late in the second half, the Bucks regrouped.

    Redd sparked the charge with 10 points, including a fast-break dunk after a steal that capped a 12-2 run that gave Milwaukee a 75-52 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

    Danny Fortson's basket with 10:15 left to play narrowed the gap to 16 points at 77-61 -- but the Sonics got no closer the rest of the way.

    Mason scored 13 points as the Bucks opened a 31-10 lead. The Sonics missed their first nine shots before Reggie Evans made a layup with 6:29 left.

    The Bucks played their best defense of the season as Seattle went 3-of-23 from the floor and tied its season mark for fewest points in a quarter with 10, set at Atlanta on Dec. 30. Milwaukee's previous best defensive effort for a quarter was 11 points, last accomplished against Minnesota on Feb. 1.

    "You've got to come ready to play," Sonics coach Nat McMillan said after the Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak to Seattle. "I didn't think we came ready to play. It looked we thought this was going to be a cake walk. And, because we've had some success, we could just come show up."

    Game notes

    After contesting for a defensive rebound, Bucks center Dan Gadzuric left the game at 3:15 of the first quarter with a strained upper back. He did not return. ... Milwaukee has a 8-4 mark, giving the Bucks their best February since 2001, when they went 8-4. ... Mo Williams had 10 assists through three quarters, just as many as the entire Sonics team had.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 73 99
    FGM-FGA 25-85 (.294) 41-81 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 6-23 (.261) 3-7 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 14-18 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-46 10-48
    Assists 13 24
    Turnovers 16 12
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 2 9
    Fast Break Points 4 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 27

    Top Performers

    Nick Collison Collison
    Points: 9
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 35
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1