CHICAGO (AP) -- After a poor first half, Michael Redd found his
shooting touch in the third quarter.
Redd scored 17 of his 29 points in the third quarter and Mo Williams added 13 points and nine assists to lead the Milwaukee
Bucks to a 93-92 victory over the slumping Chicago Bulls on Monday
Redd and the Bucks quickly erased an 11-point deficit by going
on a 22-6 run in the third quarter. Redd was just 4-for-14 from the
field in the first half, but he hit six shots in the third quarter.
"I like the way our team came out in the second half with a
little sense of urgency and got back into the game quickly," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "He [Redd] kind of struggled with some of his shots in the first half. He's a good scorer and a good shooter. He had the confidence to keep going."
Ben Gordon, who made his third start of the season, scored 28
points for Chicago, which has lost seven straight. The Bulls' last
win came on Dec. 17 at home against Boston.
"Well, I normally err on the side of telling the truth, so I'm going to tell it. I'm really embarrassed by what happened out there," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "I thought we came out in the second half, we were pretty much as soft as I've seen.
We played with very little heart, very little aggressiveness."
Chicago trailed 91-87 with 1:01 left in the game when Gordon stole the ball from Williams. On the break, Williams blocked Gordon's layup attempt, but Andres Nocioni was there for the follow. Chicago had two shots to make it 91-91 but couldn't convert.
Mike Sweetney missed a short hook in the middle of the lane
with 33 seconds left and Luol Deng made a bad pass with 5 seconds
left that Jiri Welsch stole. Welsch, who was fouled, hit two free
throws to put the game away for the Bucks.
Before Deng made a turnover, the Bulls were supposed to call a
timeout, but Chris Duhon decided to push the ball up the court.
"He [Skiles] was really upset with the way that second to last
play went. That's something we just got to learn from. Everybody on
the floor in that situation is supposed to know that we need a
timeout, but nobody called it so that's the players
responsibility," Gordon said.
Duhon hit a 3 as time expired for the Bulls for the final margin.
The Bucks trailed 56-45 early in the third quarter, but responded with a 22-6 run. Redd scored 11 points during the run and
scored the final 13 points in the quarter for Milwaukee. His layup
tied the game at 58 and then he hit two free throws to give them a
"In the first half, it seemed like I couldn't make one [basket]. But I just kept staying aggressive," Redd said.
Toni Kukoc found Redd under the basket to give the Bucks a 67-62 lead with 3:35 left in the third. Redd finished the quarter with 17 points. Chicago had nine turnovers in the quarter and 13 in the second half.
The Bulls closed the second quarter with an 8-1 run to take a 52-43 halftime lead. Gordon scored six points in the span for Chicago and had 15 points in the half. Redd and Simmons both scored 10 points in the half for the Bucks, who only shot 36.4 percent as a team.
Bulls forward Tyson Chandler stepped on Williams' foot and
in the process injured his ankle in the third quarter. He did not
return to the game and is listed day-to-day. ... The Bucks are 7-0
in games decided by three points or less.