Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/14

Game 1: Tuesday, February 14th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 22nd

SuperSonics 91

(20-32, 8-18 away)

Bucks 106

(27-24, 17-9 home)

7:00 PM ET, February 14, 2006

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1 2 3 4 T
SEA 19 25 20 2791
MIL 27 32 25 22106

Top Performers

Seattle: R. Lewis 25 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast

Milwaukee: M. Redd 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Redd helps Bucks to sixth consecutive home win

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd was happy to face former teammate Ray Allen.

Redd scored 19 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 106-91 victory over Allen and the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday night.

"We practiced against each other for several years, so it was great to see him tonight and get to play against him," said Redd, who has taken over Allen's former shooting guard spot. "He's a great player and great friend."

It was the second time Allen had played in Milwaukee since being traded Feb. 20, 2003 with Ronald Murray to Seattle for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason. In his first trip back to Milwaukee last season, Allen scored 16 points, shooting only 4-for-16 from the field.

This time Allen scored 19 points, going 8-for-14 from the field. Rashard Lewis scored 25 points to lead Seattle, which suffered its sixth loss in its last seven games.

Allen, who played six seasons for the Bucks, said it felt "weird" to be on the visitors' bench.

"This building is funny for me," he said. "Toni Kukoc hit a shot at the end of the game and my hands twitched because I almost clapped for him. They [the Bucks] still mean a lot to me."

In fact, Redd said Allen called him last week after Redd found out he did not make the All-Star team. Allen made the Western Conference All-Star team.

"He encouraged me to keep my head up and keep playing," Redd said.

Allen was discouraged by his own team's lack of effort in the second half as they fell behind by more than 20 points.

"Just because the game is over, doesn't mean you can give up on it," he said. "That was our body language out there on the floor. To me, that is embarrassing."

Joe Smith added 18 points and Bobby Simmons had 15 for the Bucks, who have won six straight home games.

Milwaukee point guard T.J. Ford left the game with 5:52 remaining in the third quarter with a mid-back bruise. He didn't return and is listed as day-to-day. Ford has missed six games since Dec. 30th with a left mid-foot sprain and a left hamstring strain. He sat out the 2004-05 season with a bruised spinal cord. The Bucks backup point guard Mo Williams missed his ninth straight game Tuesday with a sprained left ankle.

After the game, Ford said he plan to play Wednesday against Indiana. He said Seattles Nick Collison ran into him under the basket.

"It was just one of those things I wanted to get checked out," he said. "I could have gone back in the game, but there was no reason to."

Redd said a big key for the Bucks was the team's defense. The Bucks held an opponent under 94 points for the 10th straight game -- a franchise record.

"Weve been picking up our defense over the past couple of games," he said.

Bucks coach Terry Stotts said the teams bench was a key to the victory. The Bucks bench, led by Smith and Dan Gadzuric, who scored 10 points, outscored Seattles bench 49-30.

"It was great to get a win and rest our starters," he said

Milwaukee was leading 31-22 early in the second quarter before going on a 22-11 run to grab its largest lead of the half when Redd scored on a short jumper with five minutes left in the period. The Sonics scored the next nine points to trim the lead to 53-42, but the Bucks scored six of the last eight points of the first half to grab a 59-44 halftime lead.

Seattle could get no closer than 11 in the second half.

Game notes

Simmons was back in the starting lineup after missing Sunday's game against New Jersey with a sore right foot. ... Milwaukee's last loss at home was 97-80 Jan. 23 against Houston. ... Lewis returned to the starting lineup after missing the Sonics' game Sunday against Denver. ... Seattle acquired center Chris Wilcox from the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday in exchange for forward Vladimir Radmanovic.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 91 106
FGM-FGA 35-69 (.507) 40-81 (.494)
3PM-3PA 6-12 (.500) 5-14 (.357)
FTM-FTA 15-21 (.714) 21-26 (.808)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-31 14-38
Assists 17 32
Turnovers 22 14
Steals 8 12
Blocks 4 1
Fast Break Points 23 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 27

Top Performers

Rashard Lewis Lewis
Points: 25
Reb: 1
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Michael Redd Redd
Points: 19
Reb: 2
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0