NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Milwaukee
(Saturday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Milwaukee 103, Oklahoma City 97 (OT)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Michael Redd poured in 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds, as the Milwaukee Bucks needed overtime to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-97, in a hard-fought battle at the Bradley Center.
Andrew Bogut added 23 points and 15 rebounds for the Bucks, who snapped a four-game skid. Hakim Warrick chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench, and Brandon Jennings ended with 13 points, seven boards and five assists for the victors.
"I think everyone stepped up," Bogut said. "We had guys make crucial plays at different stages of the game...It was a solid team effort, and it's much more enjoyable when that happens."
Kevin Durant, who scored 31 points, set a Thunder/Sonics franchise record by recording at least 30 points in seven consecutive games. Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
"We would have liked to have this one," Durant said. "We fought, we were down early and came back and got the lead. They made plays, we made plays, they made more plays down the stretch...Tough loss for us, but we just got to get back to work."
The Bucks led, 94-91, after Redd man an 18-foot jumper with two minutes to play in overtime. The Thunder answered with a Durant jumper and Westbrook layup to go ahead, 95-94, with less than 1 1/2 minutes left.
Luke Ridnour's jumper put Milwaukee back out in front, 96-95. Following a Thabo Sefolosha missed three-pointer, Bogut made a hook shot to give the Bucks a 98-95 lead with 38.5 seconds remaining.
Westbrook kept Oklahoma City alive with a short jumper, making it a one-point game with 33.9 ticks to play. Ridnour's driving layup at the other end gave Milwaukee a 100-97 edge with 21.9 seconds to go.
Redd then stole a Sefolosha pass, and the Bucks made 3-of-4 shots from the foul line to seal the much-needed victory.
Down, 23-11, with 3:15 left in the first quarter, the Thunder scored the final nine points of the frame to get within 23-20.
Serge Ibaka's layup had Oklahoma City in front, 24-23, early in the second. Milwaukee took back the lead quickly and led for a majority of the stanza; however, the Thunder scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 49-48 edge into the locker room.
Oklahoma City started the third on an 11-2 burst to build a 60-50 margin, but the Bucks responded with a 13-2 flurry to take the lead. Jennings' pair of foul shots made it a 63-62 contest with 5 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Thunder took a 73-71 edge into the fourth period, which remained tight throughout.
Durant's 15-foot jumper deadlocked the game at 88 with 2 1/2 minutes to play in regulation. That proved to be the final points of the quarter, as neither team could connect down the stretch.
Oklahoma City made 23-of-31 free throws, while Milwaukee went 15-of-19 from the charity stripe...The Thunder snapped a three-game skid to the Bucks with a 108-90 rout in Oklahoma City on November 27.
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