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Redd's 37 points lead Bucks past Pacers

Jan 25, 2008 - 5:35 AM By David Cotey PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Michael Redd helped put an end to the Milwaukee Bucks' losing streak.

Redd scored 37 points to lead the Bucks to a 104-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.

Andrew Bogut had 17 points and seven rebounds and Bobby Simmons scored 16 for Milwaukee, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

"It was good to get a win," Bogut said. "The best medicine is winning in this league. You just keep pushing and pushing."

"The gloves are off," Redd said. "It's time to win games."

The Bucks, who also had lost six of seven, turned a one-point lead entering the final quarter into a double-digit margin five minutes into fourth.

Leading, 74-73, at the start of the fourth, Milwaukee fell behind for the last time when Mike Dunleavy Jr. made a pair of foul shots 35 seconds into the period.

However, the Bucks went on a 12-0 run capped by a 3-pointer by Charlie Bell with 7:16 left to cruise to victory. Royal Ivey started the spurt with a shot from the arc and Redd, who shot 13-of-29 from the floor, also had a jumper in the burst.

"We didn't have what it took down the stretch to get a win against those guys," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "I thought we played hard as heck, but we just didn't have what was necessary in the fourth quarter to beat them."

After Danny Granger nailed a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 88-82 with 6:05 remaining, Milwaukee went on a 10-3 run capped by two free throws by Redd to give the Bucks a 98-85 lead with 3:29 left.

"This might have to be the way we play for the rest of this year: fast, uptempo, pushing it, transition, shots going up," Redd said. "Everyone kind of got involved. It was great."

Redd, who also was 5-of-13 on 3-pointers, made two from the arc in the spurt.

"There's nobody on our team I'd rather take an open shot than Michael," Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "There are times he carries the burden on his shoulders a little bit and takes some poor shots. We talked about it today; he knows it."

Bell scored 10 points off the beach for Milwaukee, which shot 47 percent (39-of-83) and had 30 assists.

"I think we're doing a great job of getting out in transition when we can," Bell said. "Also, we're slowing it down and getting into the post and getting Andrew touches and creating that way. We're doing a great job of mixing it up."

Dunleavy scored 22 points and Granger added 20 for the Pacers, who lost their second straight game and were using their fifth different starting lineup in six games.

"You can't really use (the lineup changes) as an excuse or say anything about it because that's the way it is," Dunleavy said. "Coach does a great job of preparing us no matter who's in there."

Travis Diener, a former Marquette star who played his home games on the Bucks' home court, made the first NBA start of his three-year professional career. The native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin scored 15 points and had a career-high nine assists for Indiana, which shot 41 percent (32-of-78).

"The Bucks made big shots and we didn't execute in the fourth quarter," Diener said. "We had some great looks tonight and we just didn't knock them down."

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