Bucks hold off Pistons, tie up series in Detroit

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2004

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Michael Redd scored a career playoff high of 26 points as the Milwaukee Bucks posted a 92-88 win to even their series with the Detroit Pistons. It was the first win by a road team in this year's playoffs.

The Bucks led 87-72 with 3:13 left before Detroit made a frantic comeback. With a chance to tie or take the lead, Rasheed Wallace took a pass in the corner and the ball slipped out of his hands and went out of bounds with 4.1 seconds left.

Redd then made two free throws to seal the win.

Chauncey Billups led Detroit with 20 points before fouling out, and Richard Hamilton had 18 points before being ejected with a second technical foul with 4:58 left.

Game 3 is Saturday in Milwaukee.

Heat 93, Hornets 63

MIAMI New Orleans shot 24.4 percent to tie for the second-lowest playoff point total since the shot clock was introduced in 1954, and the Miami won to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

The hapless Hornets finished 20-for-82. They sank seven meaningless baskets in the fourth quarter to avoid breaking the record for playoff shooting futility of 23.3 percent by Golden State in 1973.

Utah holds the playoff record for fewest points with 54 in 1998.

The best-of-seven series moves to New Orleans for the next two games, with Game 3 on Saturday.

Timberwolves 95, Nuggets 81

MINNEAPOLIS Latrell Sprewell scored 31 points and Kevin Garnett had his third career playoff triple-double. The Timberwolves took a 2-0 lead.

The Timberwolves are halfway to winning their first playoff series. The series shifts to Denver for the next two games, with Game 3 set for Saturday night.

Garnett didn't have any great highlights, shooting just 9-for-27. But he finished with 20 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists, and now has 42 rebounds in two games.

Voshon Lenard led the Nuggets with 24 points, but only nine in the final three quarters. Rookie Carmelo Anthony continued his quiet postseason with 15 points, nine rebounds and 5-for-11 shooting.

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