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Hornets take charge with win on the road

They step up 94-86, are one win from East final.

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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 16, 2001


They step up 94-86, are one win from East final.

MILWAUKEE -- The Charlotte Hornets beat the Bucks at their own game and on their own court Tuesday night.

Jamal Mashburn scored 24 points and the Hornets imitated Milwaukee's up-tempo, jump-shooting style to perfection in a 94-86 victory that moved them within one win of their first trip to the Eastern Conference final.

Baron Davis added 19 points and had a career-high five three-pointers for the sixth-seeded Hornets, who handed the Bucks their first loss at the Bradley Center in one month.

"Baron was great tonight," Mashburn said. "He knocked down big shot after big shot. When he shoots from the outside like that, he's tough to contain because he takes the ball to the basket so well. He's an up-and-coming star in this league."

Milwaukee, which has a three-game losing streak for the first time since Nov. 22-25, faces elimination in Game 6 on Thursday night in Charlotte.

Glenn Robinson scored 22 points and Ray Allen 20 for the Bucks, who trimmed a 14-point third-quarter deficit to three points late in the fourth quarter before fading in the final three minutes.

Sam Cassell's three-pointer with 41/2 minutes left pulled the Bucks within 85-82, but Mashburn hit two free throws and a layup, and Davis swished his fifth three-pointer as the Hornets took a 92-84 lead with 2:06 left.

"Every time they made a run, we hit a big shot, and that's what these playoffs are all about -- coming through when you need it," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "Baron was kind of a catalyst tonight, and then Mash, of course, in the fourth quarter provided us with some needed scoring.

"The second thing is we really contested shots, and their shooting percentage came way down. When you contest shots with a perimeter shooting team and they're not hitting, it always give you a chance."

Robinson's basket with 1:55 remaining made it 92-86, but the Bucks went cold after that.

Charlotte extended a three-point halftime lead to 80-69 after three quarters, but the Hornets didn't score in the fourth until Davis' three-pointer with 8:14 left made it 83-74.

Allen made a free throw and rebounded his errant second shot, and Ervin Johnson's dunk made it 83-77. Johnson had a career-high 17 rebounds.

Mashburn tied his career best with eight assists.

The Hornets led 52-49 at halftime and opened the third quarter with an 11-4 run sparked by an uncontested layup and an open jumper by Davis.

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