MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd was at his best when it mattered
Redd scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, leading
the Milwaukee Bucks over the New Orleans Hornets 101-94 on Friday
Redd was 4-of-6 from the floor, 5-of-6 from the free throw line
and had a defensive rebound and two assists in the final quarter.
He scored 30 or more points for the sixth time this season.
"You want to go out there and lead your team to victory, and
that's what it's all about, whether it be assists or making plays
for others or scoring, rebounding," Redd said. "Tonight, it just
happened to be a little bit of both."
David West led the Hornets with 27 points and a season-high 18
rebounds. Rookie Chris Paul added 24 points as the Hornets lost for
the sixth time in seven road games in December.
"Being that our team is so young, we have to learn as we go
along," Paul said. "We get the experience on the court, which is
helpful. We just got to keep playing. We're just 26 games into the
Paul's free throw pulled the Hornets to 88-85 with 3:37 to play,
but that was as close as they would get as Redd scored 10 of the
Bucks' final 13 points to seal the victory.
"It was all the little things that lost us the game tonight,"
Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "We came to play tonight and I
feel proud about that, but it's always the little things that end
up losing the game for us."
The teams met for the first time since the Hornets dealt Jamaal
Magloire to Milwaukee on Oct. 26 for Desmond Mason, an
unconditional first-round pick in the 2006 draft and cash.
Magloire, an All-Star for the Hornets two seasons ago, was the
veteran physical center the Bucks wanted to bolster their
frontcourt after missing the postseason last year. He had five
points and 15 rebounds.
Mason, a small forward and fan favorite who spent 2½ seasons
with Milwaukee, said he felt betrayed by team management. After the
Bucks signed free agent Bobby Simmons, another small forward, in
early August, Mason said that he was assured he wouldn't be traded.
Just before the season started, he was gone, and publicly unhappy
Mason never got untracked against his former team and scored
seven points in nearly 30 minutes.
"The time I was out there, it was fun," Mason said. "I got a
wonderful ovation from the crowd. That's something that means a
Rasual Butler's 3-pointer gave the Hornets an 82-81 lead with
6:53 left in the fourth. Williams got the lead back for good for
Milwaukee with a layup and then added a 3-pointer that made it
86-82 with 4:29 to play.
On the Hornets' next possession, West made two free throws, but
Redd made a basket and Milwaukee never let the lead slip below
three points the rest of the way.
"Give the Hornets a lot of credit though," Redd said.
"They're young and they're feisty."
Ford started a 10-1 run with a 3-pointer and Williams finished
it with a reverse layup that gave the Bucks a 70-62 lead late in
the third. The Hornets answered with five free throws and a
three-point play by West that cut the Bucks' lead to 72-70 at the
end of the quarter.
The Bucks announced the order of the Hornets' starting
players in reverse, guards, center and then forwards, leaving Mason
for last. The fans responded with a nice ovation. ... The Hornets
had 10 assists in the first half. They had a season-low 12 in their
loss on Wednesday to Minnesota. They finished with 18 in the game.
... The Bucks improved to 13-1 when they score 100 or more points.