David West didn’t let it work.
“He told me that `You’re not going to make it,”’ West said. “… I just said, `Don’t give me a shot’ and they gave me a shot.”
West hit a foul line jumper with 0.1 seconds left to lift the Hornets to a 94-93 win over Magloire’s Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night in a meeting of teams who swapped players in the preseason.
Speedy Claxton, who scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, took an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left and passed to West for the game-winner.
Because of the trade connection, the teams had been exchanging barbs all game. Magloire, who’d been traded from the Hornets to the Bucks, spun and dunked on West for the game’s first basket, and the words were free-flowing after that.
Magloire said he “probably did” tell West he wouldn’t make the shot “in the heat of the moment,” but he also praised the third-year player who had been his backup a season ago before both got hurt. Magloire’s departure opened a spot for West in the starting lineup.
“I thought David West played really well,” Magloire said. “He’s proven himself, making shots all year. I’m happy for him.”
Before West’s shot, Magloire put Milwaukee ahead on a layup with 7.6 seconds left but missed the ensuing free throw. The Bucks had one final chance, but Bobby Simmons threw the inbounds pass to Michael Redd, whose shot from the right wing was off the mark and after the buzzer.
West, the Hornets’ leader in scoring and rebounding this season, finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Chris Paul added 16 points and nine assists and Desmond Mason, the other player involved in the Magloire trade, scored 12.
P.J. Brown, Magloire’s teammate the past five seasons, said the “Big Cat” was the one who got the teams after each other: “He started it,” Brown said playfully.
“He came in and talked sweet and then when the ball went up, he started to talk trash, saying that he’s the man and all that,” Brown said. “I went `Oh, OK, Jekyll and Hyde here.”’
Before Magloire’s basket, the Hornets had three chances to score and extend a 92-91 lead, but Brown missed twice and West missed a tip-in.
At the other end, Bogut drove to the lane and found Magloire waiting on the left block. Magloire dropped in the layup and was fouled by Brown, who had collapsed in to stop Bogut.
But after West’s shot, it was Brown who was able to shake his head confidently at Magloire and his new teammates.
“Most definitely, I’m going to rub it in. He ran off the floor. I couldn’t get him. I’m sure he’s going to run on that bus, too,” Brown said. “But I’ve got his number. Hopefully, he won’t change it after tonight.”
“I’ve got a few choice words for him when I do get a hold of him.”
Milwaukee had pushed ahead 55-48 following a 20-5 run that started with the final four points of the first half. Bogut opened the second half with a driving layup and added a three-point play, and Redd added a three-point play and nine points during the run.
The Hornets came back to take a 60-59 lead on Mason’s right-handed jam, but T.J. Ford extended the lead to 74-68 with a 3-pointer and a pullup jumper in the lane on consecutive possessions.
New Orleans came back again and the lead changed hands four times in the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter. The Bucks led 85-80 before the Hornets rallied back to tie it at 86 on Claxton’s right-handed floater and take the lead on West’s jumper with 3:46 left.
Bucks coach Terry Stotts was a four-year starter at Oklahoma from 1976-80. … Milwaukee is 1-23 in its last 24 road games against Western Conference foes. … Including Monday’s game, the Hornets play seven out of nine games in Oklahoma City. After that, they play only six of the following 21 games away from the Ford Center, including three in New Orleans. … Mason made a two-handed, bird-shaped gesture following a third-quarter dunk—the same gesture Chris “Birdman” Andersen would make before he was dismissed from the NBA last week for violating the league’s drug policy.