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Despite sore eye, Redd scores 23

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd didn't let a sore eye prevent him
for leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a big win.

Redd scored 23 points, including 13 in the decisive third
quarter, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 107-89 victory over the
Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

LeBron James scored 20 points for Cleveland, which is ninth in
the Eastern Conference -- 2{ games behind New York and Boston.

Redd, Milwaukee's leading scorer, suffered a scratched right
eyelid in the Bucks' victory over the Pacers on Tuesday. At Indiana
the next night, he had a season-low six points on 2-for-12 shooting
in the Bucks' most lopsided loss of the season.

He struggled in the first half against the Cavs, shooting
3-for-10 for eight points. But the third quarter was entirely
different as he went 5-for-8 and hit three 3-pointers. His 3 with
1:46 left in the quarter started a 9-2 run that helped Milwaukee
pull away.

"I am a warrior," he said. "There's no excuses for how I
play."

Desmond Mason, who had 18 points, said that he wasn't surprised
by Redd's shooting.

"A player like Mike, it only takes time for him to heat his
game up and get going," Mason said.

The game stayed close in the first half with 17 lead changes and
three ties, until the third when Redd, Brian Skinner and Mason
helped send the Cavs to their 10th loss in 12 games at the Bradley
Center.

Skinner scored nine of his 18 and Mason had eight in the third.

The victory helped the Bucks take sole possession of fourth
place in the Eastern Conference -- a half-game ahead of New Orleans
and a game in front of Miami.

"It was close for a little while, and they had a spurt in the
third quarter," said Carlos Boozer who led the Cavs with 26 points
and 11 rebounds. "We just couldn't get over the hump."

Cleveland, which lost for the seventh time in the last eight
games, scored 35 points in the second half and a season-low nine in
the fourth quarter. They had 11 in the fourth quarter against
Philadelphia on Nov. 15.

Cavs coach Paul Silas said that his team's chance to remain in
the hunt for the final playoff spot comes down to Saturday's home
game against Golden State.

"Tomorrow night's game, that's the season," he said. "If we
win that game, we have a chance. If not, it will be tough."

The Bucks finished March with five wins in 16 games, but managed
to stay in the race for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference
playoffs and home-court advantage in the first round.

Leading 89-78 at the start of the fourth, the Bucks continued
their surge.

Brevin Knight, the Cavs' top selection in the 1997 draft,
started an 11-3 run for Milwaukee with a basket and a free throw.
Skinner capped it with a hook shot that gave the Bucks a 100-83
lead with 7:17 left.

Mateen Cleaves, signed to a 10-day contract by the Cavaliers on
Monday, made his first start and had eight points and eight
assists.

Game notes
Bucks F Keith Van Horn came off the bench late in the first
quarter. He missed the last three games because of a left ankle
sprain and left calf contusion. ... The Cavaliers placed F Eric
Williams on the injured list because of a bruised right wrist, and
activated F Jason Kapono who played for three minutes late in the
game.

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