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Redd's big fourth quarter leads Bucks over Hawks

Nov 15, 2006 - 3:12 AM ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It wasn't another record-setting performance by Michael Redd, but it was a game-winning performance.

Redd scored half of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead three-point play, as the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 103-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

One game after scoring 25 of his franchise-record 57 points in the fourth of Saturday's 113-111 loss to Utah, Redd shot 10-of-22 from the field and 9-of-13 from the line. He is averaging a league-best 32 points per game and has scored 91 points in eight games in the final quarter this season.

"Personally, I don't think I played the way I should have tonight," Redd said. "But I'll take 30 and a win as opposed to 57 and a loss all day.

"Something clicked in my head to take over the game (in the fourth quarter). Tonight, I wanted to get aggressive in the fourth quarter. (Getting to the free-throw line) was the key. That helped my confidence. I was getting to the free-throw line. I just wanted to stay aggressive."

In a game of swings, Redd sparked the decisive one as the Bucks overcame an 88-78 deficit three minutes into the fourth.

"He's just like our guy (Joe Johnson)," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "There are special guards in this league and you can name them. He's a bona fide scorer who can put the ball in the hole. He made some great plays down the stretch."

The smooth lefthander converted a trio of three-point plays during the comeback, including a drive down the right side of the lane in which he absorbed a bump from Johnson before going to his left hand and banking in the shot with 28 seconds left. He converted the free throw that gave the Bucks a 102-101 lead.

"This was a big win for us. We knew Atlanta was playing well coming into this game," Redd said. "We understood how important this game was to get off that losing side. We were up and down in the fourth quarter and got some stops when we needed them and got the win."

Tyronn Lue and Johnson each missed shots in the final 10 seconds that could have given Atlanta the lead.

"We just have to work harder," Johnson said. "We just have to pick it back up and get our swagger back. I thought we picked it up in the fourth quarter, but then we went through a drought and they got back in the game. We were just settling for jump shots and it hurt us.

"It's tough to lose games like this. This is definitely a game we should have won, but we let it get away from us."

Ruben Patterson scored 16 points and stripped Johnson as he dribbled up the court in the final seconds, and Mo Williams added 15 for Milwaukee.

Johnson extended his club record for 25-point games to open a season to seven with 29 for Atlanta, which dropped a 113-112 overtime thriller to Seattle on Saturday. He scored three straight baskets in the final two minutes to keep the Hawks in the game.

"Joe's was Joe, but he can't bail us out every night," Woodson said. "We lost because we didn't make enough plays early in the game. We came out so flat and we dug a hole and had to fight back."

Lue had 29 points and Josh Childress added 21 off the bench for the Hawks, who have lost two straight after winning four in a row.

All five starters scored in double figures and the Bucks shot a blistering 60 (25-of-42) percent in the first half en route to a 60-49 halftime advantage. The Hawks were only in the game in the first half due to Lue and Childress, who combined for 26 points.

"We dug ourselves a hole early and we fought back, but we just didn't make enough plays," Woodson said. "It was kind of like something that happened last season. We couldn't come up with the key rebound."

Johnson scored 13 points in the first seven minutes of the third period to help the Hawks get the lead. He hit a jump hook and a wing jumper that started a 20-3 run. Childress scored four points during the surge and Lue capped it with a driving layup, jumper and two free throws for a 79-75 lead with 63 seconds left.

A wing jumper by Salim Stoudamire at the horn capped a 34-18 period and gave the Hawks a 83-78 edge. Lue opened the fourth with a 3-pointer and Childress scored on a follow shot for an 88-78 lead.

Milwaukee forward Charlie Villanueva left the game with six seconds left in the second period with a left elbow sprain. He did not return and is listed as day-to-day.

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