NBA Game Summary - New Orleans/Oklahoma City at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, April 3rd)
Final Score: New Orleans/Oklahoma City 119, Milwaukee 101
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Tyson Chandler scored 18 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets stung the Milwaukee Bucks, 119-101, at the Bradley Center.
David West scored 24 points, Desmond Mason added 21 and Chris Paul had eight points and 14 assists for the Hornets, who won their second straight game and moved within 2 1/2 games of the idle Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"We still have a lot of work to do," said New Orleans/Oklahoma City coach Byron Scott. "We have some things we have to shore up in this next week and a half or so before the season is over. I think we can make things very interesting."
Michael Redd who returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's loss to the Washington Wizards with a sore left knee, scored 27 points and Lynn Greer added 19 for the Bucks, who have lost seven straight games.
A Dan Gadzuric free throw cut the Hornets lead to five, 89-84 with 9:34 to go. The Hornets, however, responded with four straight threes, including one by Bobby Jackson, who was fouled and made the free throw to complete the four- point play, putting New Orleans/Oklahoma City up 102-84 with 7:13 left to play.
Milwaukee never threatened thereafter.
The Hornets shot 54.5 percent, outrebounded the Bucks 47-25 and outscored Milwaukee 56-34 in the paint.
"Our front line is so depleted," said Redd. "Brian Skinner did the best he could. We are all to blame because we all have to rebound. They just beat us up on the boards and got to the free throw line so many more times than we did. We have to stop settling for jump shots and get to the rim."
New Orleans/Oklahoma City led 37-31 after one quarter.
With the game knotted at 51-51 in the second, the Hornets closed the half with a 16-5 run and took a 67-56 lead at the intermission.
The Bucks gradually worked their way back into the game in the third period and two Ruben Patterson free throws with 11 seconds left in the frame pulled Milwaukee within six, 87-81, heading into the final quarter.
The Hornets finished 26-of-31 at the foul line while Milwaukee went 10-of-14 from the charity stripe...Milwaukee is now 2-7 since Larry Krystkowiak took over as coach for Terry Stotts who was fired...Chandler recorded his seventh double-double in the last eight games...The Hornets swept the season series, 2-0.
04/03 23:51:01 ET