New Orleans (0-5) at Milwaukee (2-1)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Sat Nov 13, 2004
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The New Orleans Hornets are trying to avoid the worst start in franchise history.

They might have to do it without Baron Davis as they visit the Milwaukee Bucks.

Davis strained his back during the closing minutes of the Hornets’ 96-95 loss to Atlanta on Friday. The victory was the first of the season for the Hawks, who dropped struggling New Orleans to 0-5.

The Hornets also lost five straight to start the 1989-90 season, when they were still in Charlotte.

David led the Hornets on a 15-2 run to give them an 87-86 lead, but his foul and subsequent technical led to a four-point play that all but gave the game to Atlanta.

Davis will make the trip to Milwaukee, but his availability is in doubt.

New Orleans coach Byron Scott, still searching for his first win since taking the job, knows the Hornets need to improve in all facets of the game, with or without Davis.

“We are not playing good defense and not playing very smart, and that combination will lose you a lot of games,” Scott said, noting the Hawks became the third visiting team to shoot 50 percent or better in New Orleans Arena, where the Hornets are already 0-4.

Playing the Bucks has always proved to be a tonic for the Hornets, who have not lost a season series to Milwaukee since 1991-’92. The Hornets have a 16-9 record in Milwaukee during that stretch.

Michael Redd hopes to reverse that trend for the Bucks.

After averaging a career-high 21.7 points and making the All-Star team during his breakout campaign last year, Redd is scoring 24.3 through three games this season.

“This is going to be my most challenging year,” said Redd after scoring 26 points in the Bucks’ 102-100 win over Charlotte on Wednesday.

”(I) have to learn the game more, study the game more, how to get shots and get open. It’s definitely a craft, a skill you have to learn. I really believe that will help me.”

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