Kevin Durant matched his career-high with 35 points, leading five Seattle players in double figures, and the Sonics held off MIchael Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks 104-98 on Friday night.
Kevin Durant got the help Michael Redd didn’t.
Durant matched his career-high with 35 points, leading five Seattle players in double figures, and the SuperSonics held off Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks 104-98 on Friday night.
While Redd finished with a season-high 41 points, including 25 in the second half, he didn’t get much support from his teammates. Meanwhile, Chris Wilcox, Earl Watson and Nick Collison helped out with key scores in the final 8 minutes to help Seattle win consecutive home games for the first time since last March.
Durant hit 9 of 20 shots and was 15 of 16 at the free-throw line. It was his second 30-point game during the Sonics’ homestand. Durant scored 35 against Indiana on Nov. 30.
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Chris Wilcox added 14 points — 13 coming in the first half — and Earl Watson, Nick Collison and Wally Szczerbiak all scored 12.
Even with Seattle throwing a box-and-one defense focused entirely on Redd, the left-hander had his first 40-point game of the season. Redd made 12 of 24 shots, including four 3-pointers and like Durant, missed only once at the line.
Andrew Bogut, Yi Jianlian and Mo Williams all added 13 for the Bucks. Exhausted by his effort, Redd could only put his hands on his knees after missing an open 5-footer with 14 seconds left that was Milwaukee’s last chance to complete a rally.
Milwaukee lost for the sixth time in its last seven games.