The New Orleans Hornets are rolling. The Milwaukee Bucks are sputteringÂ and growingÂ increasingly frustrated.
David West made 10-of-12 shots and scored a season-high 25 points, and New OrleansÂ remained unbeaten with an 87-81 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday night.
Chris Paul and Marco Belinelli each added 14 for the Hornets, who at 6-0 are off toÂ their best start in franchise history. They entered play under rookie coach MontyÂ Williams as one of only three undefeated teams in the NBA after beating the MiamiÂ Heat on Friday.
West said:â€œI knew we may be a step slow because we had a tough game last night, butÂ we responded. Guys made big plays down the stretch.â€
Andrew Bogut had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his return to the lineup for MilwaukeeÂ after missing Friday nightâ€™s game against the Indiana Pacers with a migraine. JohnÂ Salmons added 14 points for the Bucks, who dropped to 2-5.
Brandon Jennings, who had 12 points for Milwaukee, said he canâ€™t pinpoint the causeÂ of the early problems and used a couple of expletives in summing up his teamâ€™s playÂ to date.
â€œWe just need to go out there and play basketball,â€ Jennings said. â€œAnybody can talkÂ in the locker room.â€ While Milwaukee looked sluggish for most of the first threeÂ quarters, there was no letdown for the Hornets after their 96-93 victory over theÂ Heat on Friday. They led 41-35 at halftime despite 13 first-half turnovers afterÂ Belinelli sank a 64-foot, three-quarter court shot at the halftime buzzer.
West scored 10 points in the third quarter, and the Hornets led by as many as 13Â points in the period. They led 65-54 after three, but Milwaukee used an 11-2 run toÂ cut it to 67-65 on Jenningsâ€™ 3-pointer.