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Redd, big third quarter help Bucks down Cavaliers

Nov 21, 2007 - 4:24 AM By Jeff Brewer PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

CLEVELAND (Ticker) - Don't look now, but the Milwaukee Bucks are winning on the road, too.

Michael Redd scored 34 points to lead five players in double figures as the Bucks broke a seven-game losing streak to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-107, on Tuesday.

Milwaukee, which had yet to win on the road in four tries despite winning all four home games, finally put it together away from the Bradley Center.

"We've been playing well at home and it was time for us to translate what we've been doing at home and in practice to the road," Redd said. "We got in at halftime down four and thought, 'OK. We can win this game.'"

Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak said being more competitive against the Central Division was a point of emphasis. The Bucks' work on the offensive glass did not hurt the cause.

"Not to beat a dead horse from last year, but we were 1-15 in the Central Division and got beat up four times playing the Cavs," Krystkowiak said. "(Fifteen offensive rebounds) is a big point in us winning this ballgame."

Charlie Villanueva poured in 17 points and Royal Ivey added 15 for the Bucks.

"I think we're starting to jell," Villanueva said.

Trailing by as many as 14 points on three occasions in the first half, Milwaukee rebounded from a 53-49 halftime deficit.

Ivey came into the game with 10 points in six appearances, and scored 11 of his points in the second quarter to help Milwaukee climb back into the contest.

"That's what they signed me for, to be an energy player," Ivey said.

Redd scored 18 of his points in the third quarter alone as the Bucks outscored Cleveland by eight in the period to grab an 84-80 advantage heading into the final quarter.

"It just happened," said Redd of his third-quarter outburst. "It flowed."

"We didn't defend, and we gave them an opportunity to get back into the game," Cavaliers forward LeBron James said. "We know what (Redd) is capable of and he showcased his talent."

The lack of bench depth appeared to hinder the Cavaliers again in the second half, as the team has trailed after three quarters in each of their 11 games. Cleveland had just three healthy big players for this game and guard Larry Hughes was sidelined with a deep bone bruise in his left leg.

Milwaukee led by as much as 107-98 after Mo Williams hit a jumper with 2:16 remaining, but the Cavaliers trimmed the deficit to 107-104 with nine seconds remaining as James and Daniel Gibson scored all the points in that stretch.

However, Redd, Williams and Ivey hit free throws in the final seconds to lock up the win.

Milwaukee's bench outscored Cleveland's reserves, 34-15.

James scored 34 to lead Cleveland in scoring for the 10th time in 11 games. The Cavaliers have dropped three of their last four.

"We know we're a much better team than what we are showing right now," Cleveland's Drew Gooden said.

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