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NBA Playoffs: Bucks Even Series with Pistons - 2004-04-22


First round action in the National Basketball Association playoffs continued Wednesday with three games.

Michael Redd scored a career playoff high 26 points as the Milwaukee Bucks held off a furious rally to beat the Detroit Pistons, 92-88, in Game Two of their best-of-seven series. Milwaukee led by 15 with just over three minutes in regulation, but Detroit cut the lead to two before finally falling back. Their series is tied at one game apiece.

In Miami, the New Orleans Hornets were held to shooting just 24 percent from the field as they were routed by the Miami Heat, 93-63, in Game Two of their series. Eddie Jones had 19 points and Caron Butler added another 18 for Miami, which leads the best-of-seven series two games to none.

Latrell Sprewell had 31 points while Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Denver Nuggets, 95-81. Minnesota, which has never won a playoff series, leads the best-of-seven series two games to none.

Some information for this report provided by AP.