MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd went with the only cure he knows
for shaky shooting after he made only of his first nine shots
"Just keep shooting," Redd said. "That's what I do -- keep
Redd's shots finally began to fall and he scored 15 points in
the fourth quarter to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 83-79 victory
over the Boston Celtics.
Redd sat out much of the first quarter with two fouls, and
scored only six points in the first three quarters.
"I needed some divine intervention," said Redd, whose father
is a pastor in Columbus, Ohio.
Redd's layup gave Milwaukee a 76-72 lead with 2:53 remaining in
the game, and his 3-pointer with 1:28 left extended the lead to
"We were doing a great job on him defensively and then he hit
two shots that, boy, were quick-trigger," Boston forward Wally
Szczerbiak said. "You have to be ready for him at all times."
Szczerbiak, who was traded to the Celtics in a seven-player deal
with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, converted two layups
to get the Celtics within three and Paul Pierce hit a 3-pointer to
cut it to 81-79 with 5.2 seconds left.
But Boston wasn't able to foul the Bucks on the inbounds play,
and T.J. Ford got the ball to Charlie Bell for a fast-break dunk at
Redd finished with 21 to lead the Bucks, but coach Terry Stotts
said his team's defense made the difference.
"It's easy for people to remember Michael making a three, but
the way we competed defensively kept us in the game," Stotts said.
The Bucks held Pierce scoreless into the second quarter -- he
finished with 18 -- and both teams shot 40.3 percent from the field.
"Our defense got us over the hump," Stotts said. "It was one
of those games. Boston did a nice job defensively and both teams
struggled to score. We stayed with our defense and fought
Celtics coach Doc Rivers also said he was pleased with his
team's defense, although he would have liked to have seen them keep
Redd from getting open shots in the fourth quarter.
Even on an off night, Rivers said, Redd is going to make open
shots. "You knew he would eventually," Rivers said.
The Celtics lost momentum when Szczerbiak fouled the Bucks' Dan
Gadzuric with 9:02 remaining, and the Celtics' Al Jefferson was
called for a technical foul. Redd hit the technical free throw, and
Gadzuric hit two foul shots to put the Bucks ahead 65-61.
Szczerbiak finished with 20 for Boston.
"I'm just learning the plays and everything and having fun out
there," he said. "We came up short and have lost a lot of close
games. I felt great. My teammates and coaches are making things
Milwaukee won its second straight and improved to 9-0
against the Atlantic Division. ... Boston has dropped two of its
last three to fall to 18-26. ... Jefferson had 12 points and 12
rebounds. ... Pierce said the Celtics played well enough to win,
but came up a few plays short. "If we play like this for the rest
of the year, we're going to win a lot of games," he said. ...
Sunday's game drew 17,031 to the Bradley Center.