Redd Scores 25 As Bucks Beat Bulls 102-97
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Michael Redd had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and T.J. Ford hit two crucial free throws with 24.8 seconds left to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 102-97 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.
Ford, the eighth pick in this year’s draft, finished with six points, eight assists and six rebounds in 32 minutes. Desmond Mason added 22 points and Marcus Haislip 15 for the Bucks (1-2).
Jamal Crawford had 26 points and 12 assists for the Bulls (1-2). Eddie Curry added 24 points, while top draft pick Kirk Hinrich had five points in 19 minutes.
Ford and Hinrich were rivals during college while playing at Texas and Kansas, respectively. They didn’t waste any time getting reacquainted.
Both started the fourth quarter and Ford took a charge from Hinrich to force a Bulls’ turnover. Moments later, Ford hit a jumper over Hinrich that gave Milwaukee a 96-87 lead with 4:52 to play. A minute later, Ford forced Hinrich to turn the ball over. Hinrich’s layup with 2:40 left pulled the Bulls to 98-92 before Ford hit his free throws.
The game was the home debut for new Milwaukee coach Terry Porter, who took over after George Karl was fired following last season.
The Bucks had seven players miss the game due to injury, while the Bulls had four who were out. Chicago coach Bill Cartwright had laryngitis and could barely whisper his directions.