2006: Michael Redd drops 45 points on Kobe & the Lakers
When the Bucks traded away one of the greatest shooters of all-time (Ray Allen) they discovered that their 2nd round pick, Michael Redd, also deserved some recognition as being one of the best shooters in the league.
“That was a big trade at the time because he was an established star, but they had enough confidence in me to put me into the starting lineup at the two-guard position,” Redd said after the Bucks’ win over the Lakers. “I learned so much from Ray and I tried to apply it so that when my chance came, I was ready. I’m still learning.”
Earlier in the night the former All-Star and All-NBA 3rd teamer had one of his best nights ever when he scored 45 points against Kobe and the Lakers. 18 of the 45 came in the 4th quarter and 15 of his total points came from beyond the 3-point line. A line that the Lakers struggled with all night – they only made 11 out of a franchise high 37 attempts. Kobe, who scored 27 in the game, was responsible for 14 of those 37 attempts.
“We just didn’t do a good job of executing,” Bryant said “Redd played extremely well. He made some difficult shots. They set good screens for him and he knocked them down.”
As great as this night was, just a couple of weeks earlier, Redd scored a career high 57 against the Jazz; It was the most points ever scored by a player not drafted in the first round.