MILWAUKEE (AP)—Michael Redd lived up to his reputation of being a streaky shooter.
New Orleans, led by Darrell Armstrong’s 21 points, fell to 0-6.
Redd didn’t make his first shot until nailing a 3-pointer with 5:30 left in the second period that gave the Bucks a 36-29 lead. He made three more 3s in the second quarter to help the Bucks take a 51-40 advantage at halftime.
Redd scored 12 points in the third quarter and made two key shots down the stretch.
“I didn’t have my stroke at the beginning,” he said. “They did a tremendous job of getting a hand in my face, but I was missing shots, too. My teammates did a great job of keeping my head in the game.”
Bucks coach Terry Porter said Redd’s slow start was normal for a pure shooter.
“He had to find his rhythm,” Porter said. “Someone of that stature, someone who can shoot well, sometimes all you need is one shot, one make can get you going and he really found his rhythm after that.”
Armstrong was pleased that the Hornets fought back from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to grab the lead.
“We’re not going to quit,” he said. “We are going to continue to battle and play hard. I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
“I thought that the team came together,” he said. “I thought the guys played hard, played a lot smarter then we have been playing the last couple of games.”
Redd made a baseline jumper with 1:14 remaining to give the Bucks an 86-84 lead. David Wesley missed a 3-point shot that would’ve given the Hornets the lead with 40 seconds remaining before Redd hit a 22-foot jumper that made it 88-84.
David West’s layup for the Hornets cut the deficit to two points, but Mason’s two free throws with 17.8 seconds remaining gave the Bucks a 90-86 lead. Armstrong scored with 12.9 seconds remaining to cut the lead in half again, and Mason made two more free throws.
Armstrong’s 3-pointer made it 92-91, but Van Horn sealed the win with two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining. David Wesley missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Redd’s 12 points in the third quarter helped the Bucks to a 71-63 lead. He made seven straight shots, including three in the third quarter, before finally missing with 5:02 to play.
The Hornets used a 16-2 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to take a 74-43 lead. It was the first time New Orleans was ahead since going up 25-23.
New Orleans put Rogers on the injured list before the game because of a strained left knee. The Hornets activated G Junior Harrington, who began the season on the injured list because of back spasms. … Davis, who scored 18 points Friday in the Hornets’ loss to Atlanta, didn’t play because of a strained lower back. He is day-to-day. … Bucks F Zaza Pachulia missed his second straight game because of a sore right foot.