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Wesley leads Hornets' rally in final seconds

3/18/2002

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- David Wesley missed one open 3-pointer
with the game on the line. His Charlotte teammates knew he wouldn't
miss twice.

Wesley, who missed a 3 late in the game, hit one with 28 seconds
to play, then made a pair of free throws with one second left to
lift the Hornets to a 113-110 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on
Monday night.

"No way does he miss twice in a row, not in a clutch
situation," said Baron Davis, who passed on taking the shot
himself to give the ball to Wesley.

"I would have taken the shot, but seeing that great shooter
standing alone, I never doubted he would make it."

The Hornets trailed 107-102 with 3:05 to play when the Hornets
mounted a late run. Jamal Mashburn scored on a jumper and Elden
Campbell dunked to cut it to 107-106 with 1:50 left.

After Wesley missed a 3, the clock ticked under a minute and Ray
Allen missed on a driving layup for Milwaukee. The Hornets took
their time looking for the right shot, with Mashburn passing on
taking a 3 in the left corner.

He instead passed the ball to Davis at the top of the key, but
Davis had missed all seven of his 3-point attempts and instead gave
the ball up to Wesley alone on the right side. Wesley planted his
feet and tossed the ball up for a 109-107 lead.

"We left Wesley open two times in a row and we were lucky he
missed the first one," Allen said. "We were at his mercy when he
hit the second one."

Wesley, who finished 2-of-6 from long range, never doubted he'd
make the shot.

"I felt like all my shots would go in and the last shot, at
that point in the game, was definitely going in," Wesley said.

After Wesley's 3, Sam Cassell missed a 3 for the Bucks. Mashburn
got the rebound and was fouled, and made both free throws for a
111-107 lead.

But the Bucks, losers of five of their last seven games, were
still in it after Allen hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left.
Wesley got the rebound, was fouled, and made both free throws to
seal Charlotte's third straight win and move them to .500 for the
first time since March 1.

"We had some great looks at the basket coming down the
stretch," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "We had a chance to
win the game and just missed the shots."

Mashburn led the Hornets with 31 points and 10 rebounds.
Campbell had 20 points and 10 boards, Davis scored 18, Wesley
finished with 16 and P.J. Brown had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Cassell led the Bucks with 27 points. Allen scored 23 and Glenn
Robinson scored 16.

The Hornets, who trailed by 14 early in the game, battled back
and led 91-86 at the start of the fourth quarter.

But Milwaukee went on a tear at the start of the quarter,
scoring 12 straight points to take a 98-92 lead with 7:51 to play.
Charlotte, held scoreless for almost five minutes, finally hit a
basket when Campbell connected on a scoop shot. P.J. Brown scored
on a jumper and Campbell made a free throw to cut the score to
98-97.

The Hornets tied it at 102 on Mashburn's 3-point play with 3:45
to go.

Game notes
Former Hornet Anthony Mason was called for a technical just
over three minutes into the game for arguing a call. .... Hornets
reserve forward Robert "Tractor" Traylor missed the game because
his fiance was in labor. ... Forwards Tim Thomas (sprained right
knee) and Jason Caffey (sore right ankle) missed the game for
Milwaukee. ... The Bucks shot 55 percent for the game. ...
Charlotte was just 3-for-15 from 3-point range.