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Redd's 27 lift Bucks past Terry, Mavericks

Nov 25, 2007 - 6:29 AM MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Michael Redd found his shooting stroke, spelling doom for the visiting Dallas Mavericks.

Redd scored 27 points, including five free throws in the final minute, to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 97-95 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday.

Mo Williams suffered a mild ankle sprain but returned to the court and ended up with 19 points in 41 minutes, and Andrew Bogut chipped in 16 and 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who have won five in a row.

"I got some days off," Williams said about the ankle. "I'm going to relax on it. It was both mine and coaches' decision to continue playing. Anytime there is an injury, it's always the player's decision. I know this team needs me and, if I can help this team, I will be out there."

Redd finished 7-of-11 from the floor and 12-of-15 from the free-throw line to secure his fifth straight 20-plus point outburst. The All-Star guard put his team on top for good when he drilled his only 3-pointer of the game to spark an 11-5 run, which left the Bucks with a 92-87 advantage with 34 seconds remaining.

"That's one thing I wanted to stress to the team," Redd said. "The sense of urgency is now. I don't want to wait until January or February when we have to turn it on."

Redd's big night helped Milwaukee stave off a 3-point barrage from Dallas guard Jason Terry, who finished the game with 21 points, including six shots from the arc.

"He came up big," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said of Terry. "I talked to him at halftime when he was hesitating a little bit and he came back and had a big second half. He made some shots down the stretch and hit some big threes. He made some really terrific basketball plays for us."

Terry made five 3-pointers over the final 4:16 but missed a chance to tie the game with 11 seconds remaining and the Mavericks trailing, 95-92.

"I was wide open, had a great look, (it) just didn't go down," Terry said. "Shooters keep shooting and that was my motto tonight. You better believe next time I am in that situation, I will let it fly."

In a tight battle in which the largest lead on either side was a 20-14 advantage by Dallas in the opening quarter, Milwaukee broke out for 35 points in the final quarter - overcoming a 66-62 deficit entering the quarter by running off a 10-2 spurt to open the the period en route to a four-point lead.

"They made a few shots and got a little cushion there," Johnson said. "We had a couple of defensive breakdowns and missed a few shots. Our guys fought hard tonight and we just came up on the short end of the stick tonight."

Terry's heroics brought the Mavericks back, but Redd was just too much at the end.

"All in all, we didn't get the crucial stops and that cost us the game," Terry said. "This is a learning experience and as a veteran team this is not a concern but needs to be corrected."

Josh Howard scored 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 20 in the losing effort for Dallas, which dropped both ends of a back-to-back - losing at Indiana on Friday night.

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