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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.