Redd rises from bench with career-high 21


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Big Three got some help Saturday night from
one of George Karl's pet projects.

Michael Redd scored a career-high 21 points and four Milwaukee
players scored at least 19 as the Bucks defeated the Indiana Pacers
115-95 Saturday night.

Redd, a second-year shooting guard from Ohio State, shot
9-for-12 overall and 2-for-3 from 3-point range in just 18 minutes.
His previous career-high was 14, set earlier this season.

"When I think about it, I didn't play at all last year," said
Redd, who played in only six games as a rookie because of
tendinitis in his left knee. "So I'm happy to be on the court at
all times ... it's a great thrill for me.

"Any time the coach calls me, whether it be five minutes or 24,
I've got to be ready at all times. It came together for me tonight.
Hopefully, it will continue."

Both coaches certainly were impressed, although not totally

"Michael Redd had, by far, his breakout game," Milwaukee coach
George Karl said.

"He wasn't much of a surprise because we knew he was playing
well," Indiana coach Isiah Thomas said of Redd. "We gave people
wide-open shots tonight ... layups, tap-ins ... and they
outrebounded and outfought us."

The Bucks, who took control with a 17-3 run to open the second
half, had their biggest scoring output since opening the season
with a 119-112 overtime victory at Utah. They hadn't reached 100
since Nov. 17, a span of 13 games.

Milwaukee's Big Three also contributed as Glenn Robinson scored
22 points, Ray Allen had 21 and Sam Cassell 19.

With the score tied at 55, the Bucks scored the first seven
points of the third quarter. They held Indiana without a field goal
for more than five minutes and built a 72-58 lead. Six straight
points later in the quarter by Robinson gave the Bucks an 82-67

Robinson had 12 points and Cassell had 10 in the third quarter.

The Pacers closed to 89-82 early in the fourth before being hit
by a 13-0 run highlighted by a 3-pointer and a three-point play by

Reserve Al Harrington led Indiana with 24 points. Reggie Miller
added 15 and Jermaine O'Neal 14.

The Pacers were ahead most of the first half but never by more
than six. Harrington had 15 of his points, including a running
3-pointer at the buzzer ending the first quarter, and shot 6-of-8
in the first half.

The Bucks also got strong play off the bench from Redd and Tim
Thomas. They combined for 18 points, 11 by Redd, and it was 55-55
at halftime.

"The guys turned the switch off. Why, I don't know," coach
Thomas said. "It was a competitive game and we stopped

Milwaukee had a 54-41 edge in rebounding. The Bucks shot 51
percent (45-of-88) and the Pacers finished at 39 percent (36-93).

"You've got to be able to defend and rebound," Thomas said.
"I thought our greatest weapon and our asset was our size, and you
want to try to exploit that. But in exploiting that, you've got to
go down to the other end and defend.

"We were able to do a good job with our size and it was giving
them some problems, but on the other end we didn't guard

Game notes
Allen, who sat out the final 17:22 of Friday's victory in
Philadelphia due to tendinitis in his left knee, started Saturday.
... Allen extended his 3-point shooting streak to 30 games and
Miller went 0-of-5 from beyond the arc to end his NBA-leading
streak of 33 games in which he made a 3-point shot. ... The Bucks
had their eighth sellout (18,717) in 10 home games this season. ...
The Bucks had a moment's silence in memory of former coach Larry
Costello, who died Tuesday at age 70. He coached the Bucks to their
only NBA championship in 1971.