Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Wednesday, November 2nd
Game 2: Sunday, February 12th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 21st
Game 4: Sunday, April 9th

Bucks 110

(2-0, 2-0 away)

Nets 96

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 2, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 17 29 27 37110
    NJ 29 19 17 3196

    Top Performers

    Mil: M. Redd 41 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Stl

    NJ: V. Carter 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Redd scores 41 to lead the Bucks

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Michael Redd says he doesn't feel the need to carry the Milwaukee Bucks as much as last season. In the first two games, that's exactly what he's done.

    A night after scoring 30 points in an overtime win at Philadelphia, Redd scored a career-high 41 as the Bucks beat New Jersey 110-96 Wednesday night.

    With point guard T.J. Ford back after missing last season with a spinal cord injury and No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut showing promise in the middle, Redd said he doesn't feel the pressure to carry the load every night.

    "This is a better team," he said. "Last year there was a lot of pressure on me to put 20 or 30 points every night. This year I'm learning to let the game come to me."

    Redd poured in 33 second-half points to help the Bucks outscore New Jersey 26-7 spanning the third and fourth quarters to take control of the game.

    "He's one of the more prolific scorers in the league, and he got a lot of points as a result of penetration and he had some where we just gave him too much airspace," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank. "We just had a hard time."

    Many of his jumpers were the result of penetration by the lightning-quick Ford, whom New Jersey was unable to stop off the dribble. Ford finished with 21 points and 6 assists and Bogut had 10 points and 17 rebounds in his second NBA game. Maurice Williams scored 23 points off the bench for Milwaukee.

    "That's our depth," said Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts. "Jiri [Welsch] and Joe [Smith] are out and our bench has come in and helped us both games."

    Vince Carter led New Jersey with 25 points but missed 10 of his first 14 shots from the floor and was ineffective in trying to stop Redd. Richard Jefferson added 18 for New Jersey before being ejected with 4:45 left in the game after a scuffle with Williams.

    The altercation began when Jefferson and Ford got tangled up and fell to the floor. Jefferson and Williams began shoving and had to be separated, and both players were given technicals -- though Williams was not ejected. Ford was called for a foul on the play.

    The Nets led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter but saw the lead shrink to 2 at 48-46 on a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer by Ford after a steal by Bogut. Two straight baskets in the lane by Bogut to start the second half gave Milwaukee its first lead of the game, and New Jersey never led by more than three points again.

    Aided by New Jersey's inability to stay with Ford, Redd torched the Nets for 17 points in the third quarter on a variety of slashing drives and silky jumpers. He scored 10 points in Milwaukee's 12-0 run that ended the quarter and left the Bucks with a 73-64 lead.

    "We just got a little lax," said Carter. They were down and they just kept coming and coming. They outhustled us in the second half. Their stars started hitting shots. When they stepped it up, it was hard to slow them down."

    Game notes
    In addition to Smith and Welsch, F Ersan Ilyasova was inactive for Milwaukee. C Ben Handlogten, F Linton Johnson III and rookie G Antoine Wright were inactive for New Jersey ... Nenad Krstic set a career high with 5 blocked shots for New Jersey.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 96
    FGM-FGA 35-92 (.380) 31-77 (.403)
    3PM-3PA 9-19 (.474) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 31-39 (.795) 29-44 (.659)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-50 16-46
    Assists 19 18
    Turnovers 10 12
    Steals 8 3
    Blocks 5 8
    Fast Break Points 6 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (1/0) 29 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 16 16

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 41
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2