Redd scored 21 second-half points and hit the winning basket
with 19 seconds to play, T.J. Ford made a key steal in the final
seconds, and the Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 100-97 on
"I just wanted the ball in my hands at the end of the game and
wanted to make a play -- either to myself or somebody else," Redd
said. "I just made a move and thankfully, it went in."
The Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak and are tied with
Indiana for sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington now
has lost four straight, but remains in fifth, a game ahead of
Milwaukee and Indiana.
The Bucks would surpass both in tiebreakers for the fifth seed
if Milwaukee wins its final four games, regardless of what happens
with the Wizards and Pacers.
"It's easier said than done when you look at the schedule,"
said Ford, who finished with 16 points. "We put ourselves in this
situation, but hey, I think it's only going to make us better. We
definitely play together."
Redd, who finished with 24 points, had publicly called for his
Milwaukee teammates to be more relaxed, even taking several
teammates to a wrestling match in town earlier in the week to
relax. The Bucks obliged, with Andrew Bogut scoring 17 points, Joe
Smith 14 and Toni Kukoc adding 10.
In the locker room afterward, Bobby Simmons flexed his muscles
at Redd, who laughed as he lost his train of thought.
"I'm trying to be that positive, be that encourager," Redd
said. "We're in great position to still win a playoff (series)."
Milwaukee led by six with 2:28 left, but Washington tied it at
94 with 48 seconds to play on Jamison's 4-foot runner in the lane.
Redd hit a turnaround layup off Daniels with 36 seconds left to
give the Bucks a 96-94 lead, but Jamison answered with a 3-pointer
with 28 seconds to play to give the Wizards their first lead since
early in the third at 97-96.
On the next possession, Redd again backed down Daniels, turning
the other direction on the short jumper to give the Bucks a 98-97
lead with 19 seconds to play.
"He hit two big shots, the second one, a 10-to-15 foot
fadeaway. That kind of shot you have to live with," Daniels said.
Arenas was stripped by Ford with 1.4 seconds left, and Ford, who
had five steals, hit two free throws for the final margin. The
Wizards didn't get a shot off in time at the buzzer.
"I was just careless with the pump fake," Arenas said. "He
snatched the ball from me. I thought he was going to actually jump
for it since it was winding down. He held his ground."
Said Ford: "The first move he gave to me, he didn't fool me
with it. He brought the ball back to me, and I was able to take it
Jeffries, who had his previous career high on Monday with 16
points in Philadelphia, scored 11 points at the end of the first.
He had surpassed his career high 36 seconds into the third quarter
with a dunk, but was quiet for most of the second half and didn't
talk to reporters after the game.
With Caron Butler missing another game due to a thumb sprain and
Jamison in early foul trouble, it left Arenas to shoulder the load.
Even with Jeffries help, it wasn't enough.
Bucks G Charlie Bell, who came into the game with 12
consecutive double-digit performances after having just 10 in the
first 65 contests, was scoreless. ... Butler missed his fourth game
with a sprained right thumb. Coach Eddie Jordan said he hoped
Butler will return against Cleveland on Sunday, at the latest. ...
The Wizards and Bucks meet again in Washington on Tuesday in
Milwaukee's season finale. The Wizards' finale is the next night at
Detroit. ... Wizards C Etan Thomas made his eighth start of the
season after missing two games with a sprained back.