NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Orlando
(Wednesday, December 29th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 111, Orlando 105
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Michael Redd scored 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Orlando Magic, 111-105, at TD Waterhouse Centre.
Desmond Mason netted 21 points and Maurice Williams added 16 for Milwaukee, which has won three in a row. Dan Gadzuric contributed 15 points and 14 rebounds, both season-highs, for the Bucks.
"We're tired of losing," said Redd. "When you look at the standings and we are last in our division, it is no fun. We knew we had a tough stretch coming up had to get some wins, so we did that."
Grant Hill paced the Magic with 26 points to go along with seven boards and five assists. Steve Francis collected 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for Orlando, which has dropped two straight and six of its last eight contests. Cuttino Mobley had 17 points in the loss.
Hedo Turkoglu's dunk with 9:33 remaining in the fourth quarter pulled Orlando within 87-86.
Mike James then nailed a three-pointer for Milwaukee to ignite a 9-3 spurt that gave the Bucks some breathing room at 96-89 with 4:24 left.
After the Magic cut the deficit to 97-93, Milwaukee scored the next five points, including three by Gadzuric, to make it a nine-point game with only 1:04 remaining. Orlando did not threaten again.
"We realized what we should have realized before, which is that everybody has to hold up their responsibility," said Gadzuric. "We came out real strong and everybody held up their roles the rest of the game."
The Bucks were clinging to a one-point lead, before going on an 8-0 run, keyed by Gadzuric's dunk, to take a 27-18 advantage with 2:43 left in the first quarter. Milwaukee led 33-26 after 12 minutes.
In the second quarter, Marcus Fizer's jumper increased the Bucks' advantage to 41-30. Orlando then battled back and closed within 50-45 on a jumper by Francis with 2:11 remaining in the period.
Milwaukee eventually carried a 56-50 lead into the locker room. Redd had 19 points in the first half, while Mobley led the Magic in the opening 24 minutes with 13.
Francis' layup with 4:22 left in the third quarter cut the deficit to 71-69. The Bucks then countered with a 13-4 spurt to push the margin back to 11. Mason netted eight points during the run.
Milwaukee held an 86-77 advantage after 36 minutes.
Turkoglu finished with 13 points...Zaza Pachulia had nine points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Bucks...Milwaukee's Joe Smith missed the game with a left groin strain...The Bucks have captured five of the last seven meetings between the two teams.
12/29 23:18:26 ET