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Bad Back Sidelines Davis Again

December 4, 2002

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CHICAGO (AP) _ New Orleans guard Baron Davis missed his second straight game Tuesday night because of back spasms caused by a herniated disc.

Davis had hoped to play against the Chicago Bulls after working out with the Hornets’ strength coach Tuesday afternoon. But he was scratched after pre-game warmups and was on the bench in street clothes

Listed as day-to-day, he hopes to play Wednesday night when the Hornets host Toronto.

Davis missed the first game in his four-year career Sunday night, sitting out the Hornets’ 95-86 loss at Boston. He had played in 262 consecutive games.

Davis has complained of back pain since late last season. Before Saturday’s game at New York, he went to Charlotte, N.C., to see a back specialist.

``Luckily, I guess his (herniated disc) is not on a nerve, so it’s not acute,″ coach Paul Silas said. ``There’s no pain shooting down his leg, but it’s still bothering him. He still has the spasms.″

Davis averaged 16.6 points and 8.3 assists through the first 16 games. He signed a six-year, $84 million contract extension last summer that takes effect next season.

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