Stojakovic's 3-pointer lifts Hornets past BucksFeb 14, 2008 - 4:30 AM By J.R. Radcliffe PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- Peja Stojakovic kept the New Orleans Hornets rolling on the road.
Stojakovic hit a late 3-pointer and All-Star David West scored 22 points to lead the Hornets to a 111-107 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
New Orleans, which shot a blistering 55 percent (43-of-78) from the floor, won for the 11th time in 13 road games as six players reached double figures.
Milwaukee rookie Yi Jianlian hit a baseline jumper with 28 seconds left to give the Bucks a 107-106 lead as part of an impressive 9-1 run over the preceding stretch of 3:20.
"They made a lot of tough shots tonight, they were really on," Hornets center Tyson Chandler said. "I thought a lot of the shots were challenged and we played good defense; they were just making tough shots. We were getting some good looks but they were playing good defense, scrambling around. They were taking away our options."
But Stojakovic, who will complete in the 3-point Shootout during the All-Star weekend, popped off a screen and hit a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to give New Orleans the lead for good.
"It was great execution," said Stojakovic, who finished with 19 points. "We stayed in the game, we gave ourselves a chance to win the game and that's what we did. We executed and made some good stops."
"Our guys have been doing that all season long," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "We did a heck of a job executing, getting the ball to the guys at the right time. Peja could have probably spun the ball around a few times before he took that shot. He was that open."
Michael Redd, who poured in 30 points, took an errant 3-pointer on the Bucks' final possession, and Chris Paul connected on a pair of free throws to seal the victory for the Hornets.
"We couldn't stop us, they couldn't stop us," Scott said. "It came down basically to us trying to get a stop. Big shot by Peja, and I thought Tyson did a great job jumping out and really challenging the shot (by Redd in the final seconds). I thought he had to arch it up there a little bit, and that made him miss it."
Bobby Jackson drilled his third 3-pointer of the game and Paul added a wide-open dunk that gave New Orleans a 105-98 lead before the Bucks rallied back.
Paul had 21 points and 10 assists and Chandler added 15 and 16 boards in helping the Hornets extend their winning streak to four games.
NEW ORLEANS 111
MILWAUKEE 107 FINAL
Feb 13 10:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS 86
MILWAUKEE 86 END, 3RD QTR
Feb 13 9:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS 63
MILWAUKEE 60 HALFTIME
Feb 13 9:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS 31
MILWAUKEE 27 END, 1ST QTR
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