MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks came up with their best
defensive effort of the season to overcome one bad quarter.
Michael Redd scored 23 points in his return to the lineup as the
Bucks beat the Memphis Grizzlies 88-78 Saturday night, despite
tying a franchise low by scoring only eight points in the second
It was the fewest points the Bucks have allowed this season,
topping a 79-point defensive effort against Boston on Jan. 29.
T.J. Ford grabbed a loose ball and made a layup with 2:02
remaining. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw,
putting the Bucks ahead 81-73.
"They really took the challenge defensively and we won with
defensive," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "T.J.'s three-point
play was big, but that came off a defensive play."
Ford's play came after a series of clutch scores by Bucks center
"Jamaal was huge," said Redd, who played three days after
missing a game because of back spasms. "He played well tonight
defensively, as well as offensively."
Magloire had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who made
16 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter.
"I made some free throws, I've been working on that," Magloire
said. "I thought our inside play was really good."
The Grizzlies took a 73-72 lead on Pau Gasol's dunk with 6:06
remaining in the game. But Magloire's layup put the Bucks ahead
74-73, and Magloire hit two free throws to extend the lead to three
with 3:59 remaining.
The Grizzlies' Eddie Jones came up with a steal with 2:43
remaining, but stepped out of bounds. Magloire was fouled and made
two more free throws, putting the Bucks ahead 78-73.
Gasol had 19 points for the Grizzlies, who have lost three of
"We turned the ball over two or three times in a row," Gasol
said. "That gave them their lead and is when we lost the game."
Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello also cited turnovers as a problem.
"If you don't get a shot at the basket, how are going to
score?" Fratello said. "That puts tremendous pressure on us to
get stops at the other end of the floor."
Bucks forward Joe Smith played for the first time since having
surgery on his left knee Dec. 6. Smith entered the game with 5:54
left in the first quarter and immediately blocked a shot by Gasol.
"For us to come back home from a tough road trip and get this
win, I think is pretty big for us," Smith said.
The Bucks broke a two-game losing streak, having lost to Houston
and New Orleans.
Milwaukee scored 33 points in the first quarter, building a
12-point lead. But the Bucks went cold in the second quarter,
allowing the Grizzlies to go into halftime with a 42-41 lead.
The Bucks scored only eight points in the second quarter, tying
their lowest output in a period in franchise history. The last time
the Bucks scored eight points in a quarter was March 15, 2003,
against the Los Angeles Lakers.
"They are a good defensive team," Stotts said. "That probably
had something to do with it. But we played a little too much off
the dribble. Certainly, we missed some shots that we could have
had. The eight turnovers really puts you behind the 8-ball."
Stotts says he'll work Smith, who has missed a total of 39
games this year because of his knee, back into the rotation
gradually. "I don't think we want to throw him out there 25
minutes," Stotts said. "We'll ease him back in there, just from a
personal standpoint and a team standpoint." ... Ford had six
assists in the first quarter. ... The crowd was asked to observe a
moment of silence for Coretta Scott King before the game. ...
Saturday's attendance was 17,894.
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