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                    === Bucks fall in New Orleans again ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Ryan Anderson scored a team-high 22 points
 and  pulled  down seven  rebounds as  the New  Orleans Hornets continued their
 home-court  dominance  of the  Milwaukee Bucks  with a  102-81 thumping at New
 Orleans Arena on Monday.
 
 Robin Lopez put home 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while Jason Smith added 12
 points  and  Greivis Vasquez contributed 11  and nine assists for the Hornets,
 who have won 11 consecutive home games against the Bucks.
 
 Lance  Thomas and Brian Roberts donated 10 points apiece in the victory, which
 snapped a two-game slide for New Orleans.
 
 "When we defend like that, it gives us a chance to shoot easy buckets and that
 is  how you  get close  to  50 percent,"  Hornets coach  Monty Williams  said.
 "You're  getting a lot of layups. You can't always trust your jump shot in the
 NBA  with  the travel and  wear and tear,  but if you  can get layups it makes
 everything easier."
 
 Brandon  Jennings  buried five 3-pointers  en route  to a game-high 25 points,
 while  Monta Ellis  finished with  17 points  and six  assists for  Milwaukee.
 That  still  wasn't enough  for the  Bucks, who haven't  beaten the Hornets on
 the road since Jan. 27, 2003.
 
 "The  pick  and roll  hurt us,"  Jennings said. "We  weren't getting weak side
 help.  It has to be a total team effort to stop that going forward."
 
 After  a back-and-forth  opening 12 minutes which featured 11 lead changes and
 three ties, New Orleans held a 30-28 advantage.
 
 The  home side scored the first five points of the second session to open up a
 35-28  lead, but  a run-out layup by  Milwaukee's Luc Mbah a Moute a bit later
 closed the gap to 37-33 with 7:48 on the first-half clock.
 
 Al-Farouq  Aminu buried  a 3-ball from the  top of the arc to give the Hornets
 their  largest lead of the half at 43-33, but the Bucks hung around and got an
 easy driving left-handed layup by Jennings to make it a 47-45 New Orleans lead
 with 2:52 to go before halftime.
 
 Roger  Mason Jr. hit  a 16-footer with 47 seconds to go in the half for a six-
 point  Hornets lead, but  Ellis banked home a deep trey at the horn to cut the
 margin to 53-50 at the half.
 
 A layup by John Henson early in the third quarter gave the Bucks a 60-58 lead,
 but  the  Hornets began to pull  away from there, using  a 13-0 run to build a
 71-60 margin with 4:15 on the clock.
 
 A slam by Larry Sanders followed by 1-of-2 from the line by Mbah a Moute later
 cut  the deficit  to six, but the  Hornets led 77-67 heading into the final 12
 minutes.
 
 New  Orleans put the game away in the final quarter, outscoring the Bucks by a
 25-14 count in the frame.
 
 Mbah  a Moute made it nine-point game with a short jumper early in the period,
 but the Bucks never got closer than that and a jumper by Thomas with 1:28 play
 gave the Hornets their largest lead of the night, 100-78.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Bucks have lost 15 of their last 18 matchups as the visitor in this series
 as  well ... The  game featured 13 lead changes and seven ties ... New Orleans
 shot an efficient 52.4 percent from the field and hit all 11 of its free throw
 attempts,  while  the Bucks hit 38.2  percent of their shots and went 15-of-23
 from  the charity stripe ... The Hornets turned 16 Milwaukee turnovers into 27
 points and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds which led to 23 second-chance points.
 
 
 12/03 23:39:34 ET