Bucks 101, Hornets 94

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Michael Redd was at his best when it mattered most.

Redd scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks over the New Orleans Hornets 101-94 on Friday night.

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.”

Andrew Bogut added 14 points and nine rebounds, T.J. Ford had 12 points and Mo Williams contributed 11 points and six assists for the Bucks.

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 season.”

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 2 1/2 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 about it.

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 lot.”

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.

Notes

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.

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18 Rebs, 1 Assists
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