West’s Jumper Lifts Hornets Past Bucks
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 94, Milwaukee 93
OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 30 (Ticker) -- David West gave the Milwaukee Bucks a taste of their own medicine.
West collected 24 points and 15 rebounds and drilled a 19-footer with one-tenth of a second remaining as the New Orleans Hornets edged the Bucks, 94-93.
Former Hornet Jamaal Magloire nearly helped the Bucks make it 10 when he hit a layup with 7.6 seconds to go after rookie Andrew Bogut drove the lane, drew the defense and dished to the open center.
Magloire was fouled on the play but failed to make the ensuing free throw, leaving Milwaukee with a 93-92 lead.
"The missed free throw was pretty big," said Magloire, a 55 percent foul shooter. "If I hit that, then they have to make a three to (win it), but I didn't hit it."
After the Hornets called timeout to get the ball at halfcourt, Speedy Claxton, who scored 19 points off the bench, dribbled while looking to drive toward the basket. He was double-teamed, leaving West open to bury the go-ahead basket.
"Jamaal told me during the timeout that I wasn't going to make it," West said. "I told him not to give me a shot, and they let me have the shot."
"Coaches always keep little cards of plays for the last-second shots," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "I knew we had to get the ball to Speedy. Michael Redd can't guard him. It worked out perfect and David got a shot with nobody around and knocked it down."
West's game-winning shot was his second of the season. The other came against Houston on December 28.
"We spread the floor and ran a screen-and-roll," said Claxton, who scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. "They double-teamed me, and I kicked it out to David, and he knocked it down."
"In this game, you never know until the time runs off the clock," Magloire said. "I thought we played good defense on the last possesion, West was just fortunate enough to make it."
The Bucks failed to get off a shot as the Hornets improved to 5-1 in games decided by three points or less.
"Down the stretch, the Hornets did a good job of keeping us off the board," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "They are energetic, they are a good defensive team. You have to give them a lot of credit for tonight's win."
With 32 points, Redd became the 13th player to score 30 or more against the Hornets this season.