Great shooters only need to see a couple of shots go through the net, and the hoop becomes as big as the ocean for them. Once they are in the zone, teammates will look for them on every possession, and once they get it, it’s going up – on those nights, there are no bad shots. That’s exactly what happened to former Milwaukee Bucks member Michael Redd against the Houston Rockets in 2002.
Redd set a record of eight three-pointers in one quarter. His performance becomes more impressive if you take into account he dropped them in the fourth quarter. The Bucks legend talked about his most memorable shooting game in our “1-ON-1 with Basketball Network” interview.
“I do remember that night which was incredible, and it happened by accident. I only played a few minutes in the first quarter. I’ve made only one three and went back to the bench. And then again played in the fourth quarter. So it was nine threes altogether in that game, but eight of them came in the fourth quarter. I’ve just hit my first two, and then the coach kept calling my number. And my teammates kept finding me and looking for me, which was unique because I came into the NBA not as a shooter but as a scorer, and in my whole career, I was a scorer that could shoot the basketball. I had to adapt my game. I’ll never forget how George Karl asked me am I a shooting guard and when I said yeas, he said shooting guards can shoot.”Michael Redd, 1-ON-1 with Basketball Network
Eventually, Redd’s record was broken by Klay Thompson, who scored nine 3-pointers in his unforgettable game in 2015 when he scored 37 points in one quarter. Despite his record being broken, Redd doesn’t hold a grudge.
“If I can have anybody to break the record, it would be Klay. Klay and Steph are phenomenal. I saw them maybe a year or two later after he broke the record, and we hugged each other, and they paid homage. I love them, and I love their ability to shoot the basketball.”Michael Redd, 1-ON-1 with Basketball Network
We didn’t doubt Redd would be generous about listing the record. We’re here to make sure the guys who don’t beat their chest on every occasion still get the credit and respect they deserve. More people should think of Michael Redd when talking about great shooters of their era.