MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd made a big statement to Tracy
McGrady -- at both ends of the court.
Redd scored a career-high 40 points -- 32 in the second half --
and held McGrady scoreless in the fourth quarter in the Milwaukee
Bucks' 113-102 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
Redd converted a key three-point play with 47 seconds left, made
his final 10 shots and was 12-of-15 in the second half.
"Just an unbelievable zone, man," Redd said. "My teammates
kept finding me, kept finding me. We had fun."
Playing with a strained big toe in his left foot, McGrady scored
20 points in 42 minutes, but missed his only three shots in the
fourth quarter. Two days earlier, he scored 34 points in the
Magic's 106-99 victory over Milwaukee in Orlando.
"He embarrassed us in Orlando. Flat out," Redd said. "He had
34 points and just embarrassed us."
In the game two days earlier, Redd missed 14 of 19 shots and was
held to 18 points while guarded by rookie Keith Bogans.
"Michael Redd hit all kinds of shots tonight," said Bogans,
who had a career-high 21 points. "That just goes to show you how,
in this league, a guy might have an off-night and you might defend
him well, but he's going to come back out there the next night and
Desmond Mason added 18 points off the bench for the Bucks.
Milwaukee's reserves outscored Orlando's backups 38-27, two days
after the Magic's reserves topped the Bucks' bench 43-27.
"We talked about bringing a better effort, matching their bench
play," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "A lot of it was just
about not allowing their bench to dominate."
Milwaukee scored 67 points in the second half, including nine in
a row in the final minute.
The Magic ran off eight consecutive points, capped by a free
throw from Drew Gooden, to pull to 102-100 with 1:01 to go.
Redd then drove the baseline for a basket and was fouled to set
up the three-point play that made it 105-100 with 47 seconds left.
Shammond Williams missed a jumper for Orlando. Joe Smith was
then fouled, and made both free throws for a 107-100 lead with 41
seconds to go. Mason then hit four consecutive free throws to cap
the 9-0 run and give the Bucks a 111-100 lead with 26 seconds left.
Redd scored 14 points in the third quarter, including a
3-pointer with 3 seconds left, to give Milwaukee a 76-74 lead, the
first time the Bucks led in the second half.
Milwaukee scored all 20 of its first-quarter points from
the paint. ... Orlando has lost nine consecutive road games and 10
of 13 overall. ... The Bucks have won 11 of 12 at home. ... The
attendance of 13,455 was the lowest for the Bucks at the Bradley
Center this season.