Michael Redd scored 23 points, including 13 in the third
quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to a
season-high four games with a 95-87 victory Wednesday night over
the new-look Suns.
"It's unbelievable and we're really playing well right now,"
Redd said. "Those close games at the beginning of the season are
really paying off for us now. We learned how to finish games off
and great things are happening for us."
Eisley shot just 1-for-9, while McDyess was 2-for-6 with just
"We got in a stretch where we missed some shots and settled for
jumpers, and we don't have an offense where everybody knows that we
can get into something easy," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said.
"In that same stretch, we gave up some offensive rebounds."
Milwaukee led 78-77 four minutes into the fourth quarter before
back-to-back three-point plays by Toni Kukoc and Desmond Mason
started a 12-0 run. The Suns stopped the run with two field goals
by Marion to make it 90-79, but then fell behind 95-83.
Milwaukee used a 13-0 run, highlighted by eight points by Redd,
late in the third quarter to lead 72-67. The Bucks trailed 65-59
when a brilliant play for a layup by Mason started the run.
"We took the game over in the fourth quarter and came up with a
big win," Redd said.
The Bucks also got a big lift from its bench, which contributed
33 points, including the 17 by Mason. Four reserves were on the
floor for most of the decisive run.
"Our bench came in and did a wonderful job," Redd said.
"There's really no drop-off when we go to the bench."
"The bench is as good as the starters, there is no
difference," he said. "You bring in Kukoc, who is a premier
player, and (Dan) Gadzuric is super. They're playing well right
Johnson said he got into a rhythm.
"Guys were feeding me the ball and I made plays," he said. "I
got into a rhythm and knocked down some shots. But we are
struggling at this point. We have to stay focused and help the new
guys to get the offense down and get some chemistry together."
Milwaukee led 48-46 at halftime, the Suns staying with the Bucks
on four 3-pointers by Barbosa. Milwaukee was 1-for-8 on 3-pointers,
but shot 50 percent (20-of-40) from the field in the first half.
"They (the Bucks) just played great," Johnson said. "When we
made mistakes, they got fast-break points, which really cost us the
Milwaukee coach Terry Porter wasn't happy with the overall play
of his team.
"We played well enough to win," he said. "That was about it.
We didn't come out and play with the sharpness, energy and
togetherness we should have from the start. But we hung in there
long enough and then we had some energy from (Dan) Gadzuric, and
Mason played great again."
The Bucks are 7-2 since the return of Kukoc from the
injured list. ... The Suns haven't won a game in 2004, going 0-4,
all on the road, where they are 3-16 this season. ... Smith scored
12 points and had six rebounds in the first quarter. ... Gadzuric,
who had 10 rebounds and six points, strained his right patella
tendon. His status for Friday's home game against Miami is