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11/18/2012 12:37 AM EST
Monta Ellis helps Bucks hold off Hornets, 117-113
MILWAUKEE 117, NEW ORLEANS 113

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Monta Ellis scored six of his 22 points in the
final 2 minutes to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold off the New
Orleans Hornets 117-113 on Saturday night.



Brandon Jennings also had 22 points, and Mike Dunleavy added 17
for Milwaukee, 6-2 in its best start since opening 9-1 in
2001-02.



Top overall draft pick Anthony Davis had a season-high 28 points
and tied his season high with 11 rebounds for New Orleans. Ryan
Anderson added 20 points for the Hornets.



Davis had consecutive three-point plays to pull the Hornets to
110-108 with 2:02 to play, but Ellis hit a 20-footer falling
away from the basket for Milwaukee.



Anderson tipped in a miss for New Orleans, and Ellis hit another
jumper for the Bucks. After Anderson missed a shot from in
close, Milwaukee's Larry Sanders missed a layup, then made up
for it when he blocked Anderson's driving shot. The Bucks
controlled the ball, forcing Roger Mason to foul Jennings, who
made one of two free throws for a 115-110 lead with 12.3 seconds
to go.



After a timeout, Anderson hit a tough 3 with 4.8 seconds left.
Greivis Vasquez immediately fouled Ellis and he made both free
throws to cap the scoring. The last chance for the Hornets came
when Davis' inbound pass went across the court and off Mason's
hands as time expired.



Anderson's 3 gave the Hornets a 94-91 lead to start the fourth,
but the Bucks answered with an 11-2 run sparked by two
three-pointers from Beno Udrih and one from Jennings for a
102-96 lead with 8:12 to play.



The Bucks were coming off a 99-85 victory over Indiana on
Wednesday night, while the Hornets were beaten 110-95 by
Oklahoma City on Friday night. The Hornets have lost four of
five.



Ellis and Jennings each had nine assists in Milwaukee's rare win
against the Hornets. Milwaukee had dropped 11 of the last 12
meetings dating to Jan. 30, 2006. Their last victory was Feb.
24, 2010, 115-95.



NOTES: Milwaukee scored 60 points or more in the first half for
the third consecutive game. ... The Hornets shot 64.7 percent
(11 of 17) in the first quarter. ... The Hornets shot 60 percent
through three quarters, then shot 38 percent in the fourth.

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