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Unbeaten at home, Hornets now 4-6 on road

12/8/2002

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets want to become a force away from home, too.

Jamal Mashburn scored 23 points, and P.J. Brown and Baron Davis each added 20 to lead the Hornets to a 94-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Mashburn, Brown and Davis combined for 15 free throws in the fourth quarter as the Hornets improved to 4-6 on the road. New Orleans is 11-0 at home.

"We are capable of winning on the road, but just now are starting to play like we can away from home,'' said Mashburn, who shot 7-of-20 from the floor, but 8-8 from the free-throw line.

Ray Allen had 29 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost three straight for the first time this season.

"They are a good team on their home court, so this was a big win,'' Mashburn said. "We made a concentrated effort to go hard to the basket and work the ball inside in the second half.''

The Hornets went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 84-78 lead. The Bucks cut the margin to one, at 84-83, but Mashburn and Brown scored to put the Hornets up 88-83. After that, Milwaukee never really threatened again.

"We had been a step slow on offense in the first half, so we had to do something,'' New Orleans coach Paul Silas said. "We got the ball inside and did some good things in the second half.''

New Orleans virtually wiped out a 16-point Milwaukee halftime
lead by shooting 11 of 18 in the third quarter. The Hornets went on
a 10-0 run to close within seven midway in the quarter and later
got the margin down to 70-68. Michael Redd made a 3-pointer in the
closing seconds to the quarter with the Bucks leading 73-68.

"In the third quarter, they threw a zone on us and we didn't score,'' Allen said. "We got into that streak where we didn't score. They got some momentum.''

The Bucks dominated the first half. The Hornets made only 2 of
their first 10 shots and finished the first quarter shooting
5-of-17. The Bucks built a 31-18 lead by the end of the quarter.

Milwaukee maintained a double-figure lead throughout the second
quarter and brought a 50-34 margin into halftime.

"We played very well at almost every position in the first
half,'' Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "I thought the key to
the game was their defensive intensity. They controlled the
momentum in the third quarter. We lost our composure a little.''

Game notes
Davis, who had been listed as questionable with back spasms, started against the Bucks. ... Bucks guard Sam Cassell did not dress because a hip flexor suffered Thursday night at Atlanta.
... The Bucks' Joel Przybilla started at center for the first time this season. Przybilla was activated Nov. 27 after missing 13 games because of left ankle bone spurs. Rookie Dan Gadzuric, who had been starting at center, will come off the bench.