NBA Game Summary - Orlando at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 100, Orlando 86
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Michael Redd posted his first double-double in more than three years, with 27 points and 10 rebounds, as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Orlando Magic, 100-86, at the Bradley Center.
Redd also doled out nine assists, finishing one shy of his first-career triple-double, as Milwaukee snapped a four-game losing streak. Yi Jianlian scored 18 points and grabbed seven boards, while Maurice Williams chipped in with 17 points.
"I wasn't caring about scoring too much, even though it came," said Redd. "Tonight my teammates did a great job of just finishing plays, knocking down shots. It was a team effort tonight, but I was determined to lead the charge and just find everybody."
Charlie Bell came off the bench to add 13 and Andrew Bogut finished with 11 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis each scored 20 points for the Magic, who have lost three straight after losing only three of their first 17.
Howard also hauled down 13 rebounds for his league-leading 19th double-double, while Hedo Turkoglu finished with 18 points and Keyon Dooling donated 14 in defeat. Orlando was held to just 33.8 percent shooting from the floor (26- of-77), 33.3 percent from three-point range (10-of-30) and 61.5 percent on free throws (24-of-39).
"The defensive mentality of our starters is non-existent," said Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy. "Our goal is to give up no more than thirty-eight points in the paint, and tonight we gave up thirty in the first half. The game was easy for us for twenty games this year and now we haven't made the adjustment to how hard it is to win in this league. We are going to have to start winning some games by out-working people."
Both teams played conservative in the first six minutes, but with the Bucks trailing by a point, Williams' tip shot ignited a 7-0 run that made it 18-12 with 5:19 left.
Orlando then pulled within two, but was outscored 14-4 the rest of the way and trailed 32-20 heading to the second quarter.
The Bucks continued to run in front and held a 53-40 lead at halftime.
The tide nearly turned in the third, as the Magic made it a six-point game, 58-52, on a pair of Dooling free throws at 7:25. The Bucks answered that with a 9-0 spurt, opening a 67-52 advantage, but Orlando closed out the stanza trading buckets with the home squad and still faced a 14-point deficit, 75-61 heading to the fourth.
The Magic made it interesting in the final stanza, opening with 12 unanswered points to trim it to 75-73 with 8:48 remaining in the contest. Lewis drained three of the four shots from long distance during the run, but Orlando failed to pull any closer.
A Bogut dunk put the Bucks back in business, as they eventually reopened an eight-point cushion, 81-73, with just under seven minutes to play.
Redd and Bell helped put the game away down the stretch, as Milwaukee reeled off 19 of the last 32 points.
Redd's last double-double came on November 24, 2004 against Phoenix when he had 22 points and 10 rebounds...Orlando is still an NBA-best 11-3 on the road...The Bucks won for just the second time in the last seven meetings between the clubs...There were 75 free throws attempted in the contest...Milwaukee held the edge on the boards, 48-38.
12/12 23:58:18 ET