Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Friday, December 7th
Bucks98Final
SuperSonics104
Game 2: Wednesday, March 5th
SuperSonics106Final
Bucks118

Bucks 98

(8-10, 2-8 away)

SuperSonics 104

(5-15, 3-8 home)

    Coverage: FSSE

    7:30 PM ET, December 7, 2007

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 24 25 19 3098
    SEA 31 22 20 31104

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 41 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Seattle: K. Durant 35 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk

    Durant's career-best 35 beat out Redd's 41 as Sonics beat Bucks

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Kevin Durant sure did a lot right offensively. His most impressive accomplishment came at the defensive end.

    The 19-year-old rookie did a lot of scoring and a little of everything else, matching his career high with 35 points as the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-98 on Friday night.

    Durant knocked down pull-up jumpers in the face of Desmond Mason in the closing minutes of a tight game. He battled against Milwaukee's big frontline in the paint and earned his way to the free throw line 16 times.

    But his most impressive moment: blocking the quick-release shot of Michael Redd.

    "I wasn't planning on blocking it," Durant said.

    Durant scored 24 points in the second half, to go along with eight rebounds an assist and five blocked shots. He managed to counterbalance Redd, who finished with a season-high 41 points, including 25 in the second half.

    The difference -- Durant got more help from his teammates. Five Sonics finished in double figures and Seattle's bench outscored the Bucks' reserves 30-12.

    "This is the kind of player everyone anticipated coming into this league," Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

    Durant was most impressive in the fourth quarter, but wasn't without assistance from Chris Wilcox, Earl Watson and Nick Collison, all of whom added key scores in the final 8 minutes to help Seattle win consecutive home games for the first time since last March.

    Equally dazzling was Redd. He and Durant each scored 18 points in the fourth quarter, each with identical stat lines -- 4 of 7 shooting, 1 of 2 on 3-pointers, 9 of 10 at the free-throw line.

    Redd made 12 of 24 shots, including four 3-pointers and was 13 of 14 at the line. Durant was 9 of 20 shooting, with two 3-pointers and made 15 of 16 foul shots.

    "I love that challenge and being put in that position," Redd said. "Seattle was trying to play all kinds of funky defenses, box-and-one's, and all kinds of crazy defenses. It didn't matter, but at the end of the day, they got the win."

    Redd made 12 of 24 shots, including four 3-pointers and was 13 of 14 at the line. Durant was 9 of 20 shooting, with two 3-pointers and made 15 of 16 foul shots.

    Andrew Bogut, Yi Jianlian and Mo Williams all added 13 for the Bucks. Exhausted by his effort, Redd could only put his hands on his knees after missing an open 5-footer with 14 seconds left that was Milwaukee's last chance to complete a rally.

    Milwaukee lost for the sixth time in its last seven games.

    "We came to play, we just couldn't make shots and we couldn't make stops when we needed them," Redd said.

    Redd single-handedly brought the Bucks back even early in the fourth quarter. He scored seven of Milwaukee's first nine fourth-quarter points, capping his own mini run by shaking past Durant at the top of the key and scoring a goaltended basket to tie the game 77-all.

    Durant didn't idly stand by. After Redd pulled the Bucks even, Durant scored five straight, spinning in a tough baseline drive, then pounding his chest after a deep 3-pointer.

    But then Durant's teammates started chipping in. Durant scored just one of Seattle's next eight points as the Sonics took a 90-84 lead with 3 minutes left.

    The rookie then put a capper on the night, hitting consecutive pull up jumpers over Mason to push the Sonics lead to eight, and hit eight free throws in the final 2 minutes.

    It was Durant's second 35-point effort, matching his total from Nov. 30 against Indiana. Wilcox added 14 points -- 13 coming in the first half -- and Watson, Collison and Wally Szczerbiak all scored 12. Wilcox finished with 13 rebounds and Kurt Thomas grabbed 11. Seattle also outscored Milwaukee 34-22 at the free throw line.

    "We're still learning ... but we're improving, which is a good sign," Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We still have a ways to go."

    Redd not only took over in the fourth quarter, but also was the catalyst behind a third-quarter spurt that gave Milwaukee its first lead since the opening moments. Redd hit consecutive 3's, and four straight points by Williams gave the Bucks a 67-66 lead late in the third quarter. But Seattle responded, closing the quarter on a 7-1 run, highlighted by Durant swooping in from the wing and slamming a lob pass from Watson. The Sonics never trailed again.

    Game notes


    Bucks' F Bobby Simmons missed Friday's game after returning to Milwaukee to attend to a personal matter. ... Seattle G Luke Ridnour, who has missed the last 12 games with a left quadriceps injury, went through pregame warmups but was again inactive. Seattle was also without G Delonte West (right foot plantar fasciitis).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIL
    SEA
    Points 98 104
    FGM-FGA 34-91 (.374) 33-75 (.440)
    3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 22-28 (.786) 34-41 (.829)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-27 11-22
    Assists 20 17
    Turnovers 10 16
    Steals 6 2
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 2 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/1) 25 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 10

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee
    Seattle
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 41
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Durant Durant
    Points: 35
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 5