NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Charlotte
(Tuesday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Milwaukee 112, Charlotte 102
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Michael Redd returned from a three-game injury hiatus to tie his season high with 39 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 112-102, and swept the season series.
After sitting out Milwaukee's last three games with a sprained index finger, Redd went 15-of-24 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point distance, and scored 11 points late in the decisive fourth quarter for the Bucks, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
After the Bobcats rallied from a 13-point deficit, the teams were tied 94-94 with 6:45 remaining in the fourth quarter when Milwaukee went on an 18-8 run to close the game. Redd had 11 points during the burst.
"I was just trying to win a game," Redd said. "Obviously, the break was a good time off for us. I felt good. Really confident. My finger was a little sore, I just wanted to be aggressive."
Desmond Mason added 20 points, Joe Smith contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maurice Williams handed out a career-high 14 assists in the victory.
Leading Charlotte, which has won just once in its last nine outings, was Brevin Knight with 19 points.
"(Redd) was hot tonight," Knight said. "He's a great scorer. Hats off to their guys for finding him and getting him open looks."
Gerald Wallace scored 15 points, Primoz Brezec had 14 points and 11 boards and Keith Bogans chipped in 13 points off the bench in the loss.
Returning from a sprained left ankle that forced him to miss Charlotte's last three games, Emeka Okafor finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes.
"The Bobcats played hard tonight," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "The first game after the All-Star break is always tough. We just played better than they did."
Asked about Redd's possible departure with the league's trade deadline looming this Thursday, Porter said, "I hope the future is he's on our team. We think he's a very important piece of our future."
With the teams tied 10-10 a little less than six minutes into the game, Milwaukee went on a 10-0 run to lead 20-10 with a little more than three minutes left in the first quarter, which ended with the Bucks ahead, 26-23.
Milwaukee outscored Charlotte by four points, 30-26, in the second quarter before heading into halftime with a 56-49 advantage.
The Bucks hit 21-of-40 field goal attempts (53 percent) and had 16 assists on their 21 field goals in the first half.
After intermission, Milwaukee's lead ballooned to as many as 13 points, 75-62, following a 6-0 burst midway through the third quarter, but the Bobcats charged to within one, 87-86, heading into the final 12 minutes.
For the game, Milwaukee shot 55.7 percent from the field, while Charlotte converted just 41.1 percent.
"We just started missing shots," said Charlotte's Melvin Ely, who had 12 points and six rebounds. "Shots we were making, just stopped falling."
Charlotte has lost four of its last five home games and is 9-17 at the Charlotte Coliseum this season...The Bobcats finished a three-game homestand with a 1-2 record...Milwaukee is 4-2 in its last six games...The Bucks finished up a three-game road swing with a 1-2 record...Milwaukee has lost eight of 12 on the road, and for the season, is just 7-20...Milwaukee activated forward Marcus Fizer from the injured list prior to Tuesday's game and placed center Daniel Santiago on the injured list with a right eye abrasion...Jason Hart did not play due to a sore knee.
02/22 22:57:39 ET