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Board tough

Hornets put on rebounding show to pull closer to Bucks

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Posted: Friday May 11, 2001 6:16 PM
  Jamal Mashburn Jamal Mashburn led the Hornets past the Bucks in Game 3 with 36 points. AP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- There's an old saying Paul Silas had to remind the Charlotte Hornets about before the Milwaukee Bucks muscled his team right out of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"The NBA stands for 'No Boys Allowed,' " Silas said Friday. "We have to play that way."

The Hornets finally did in Game 3, using a physical inside game for a 102-92 victory that cut Milwaukee's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

After playing soft and failing to capitalize on their obvious inside advantage in two losses, Silas put the Hornets through a rebounding clinic to refresh them on the art of crashing the boards.

He encouraged guards David Wesley and Baron Davis to become more active in chasing down the long caroms created by missed Milwaukee 3-pointers and got after center Elden Campbell to be a bigger force under the basket.

The result was a 57-35 rebounding advantage for the Hornets, including a career-playoff high 16 boards for P.J. Brown. It more than made up for the first two games, when Charlotte failed to dominate the boards and was even outrebounded by the Bucks in Game 2.

"They bullied us pretty good," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "That's their power, that's their strength. In the first two games we did a pretty good job against that, but we couldn't match up with that in Game 3."

Now the Hornets hope to continue it in Game 4 on Sunday, while they try to even the series.

"I don't think we need to get 22 more then they do every game, but outrebounding them gives us the best possible chance to win," Brown said. "That needs to be our game because we have an advantage there.

"Heart and desire can beat advantage every time, and that's what the Bucks used to beat us in the first two games. In Game 3, we had the heart and desire to go along with the advantage. That's unbeatable."

Aside from the rebounding edge, the Hornets were a lot more physical inside in Game 3, scoring 44 points in the paint while getting a lot of movement under the basket from Campbell.

Aside from his 17 points and eight rebounds, Campbell was able to get Scott Williams, Darvin Ham and Ervin Johnson -- all of Milwaukee's big men -- into foul trouble.

"The thing about Elden is when he puts his body on people, they're going to move," Silas said. "So we need him to be physical"

Also helping Charlotte was rookie center Jamaal Magloire, who added eight points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes. Filling in while Derrick Coleman sat out with a strained back, Magloire stepped right into Coleman's role of enforcer and didn't back down from anything Milwaukee threw at him.

"I can play that role. I can be an enforcer," Magloire said. "I did it in college and I'm not afraid to do it here even though I'm a rookie."

Milwaukee also got its first glimpse of what Jamal Mashburn is capable of.

Mashburn had a career-playoff high 36 points, hitting on 15-of-23 shots from the floor in 43 minutes.

After containing Mashburn in the first two games, Karl is now wondering if the Bucks should change the way they've defended him and consider double-teaming him.

But Milwaukee hasn't used a lot of double teams this season and Karl doesn't know if it will work.

"Mashburn is a difficult player when he's making shots," Karl said. "He made outside shots and he finished some stuff inside and his threes hurt us. We left him wide open.

"I don't know how much double-teaming we want to do with him. That's something we'll have to evaluate. The last three months we haven't run the double-team, but it's something we may explore."

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