The New Orleans Hornets put on an impressive performance Wednesday night, crushing the visiting Portland Trail Blazers 99-63.
New Orleans lead by as much as 39 late into the fourth quarter, and dominated in the paint, outscoring the Blazers down low by a 52-26 margin.
Star guard Eric Gordon was scratched from the starting lineup at the last minute due to a sprained hand, but New Orleans hardly needed him. Every Hornets player who dressed put up points tonight, including five players in the double-digits.
Dwight Howard scored 24 points, Kobe Bryant had 14 points and 11 assists in another pass-first performance, and the Los Angeles Lakers hung on to beat the New Orleans Hornets 111-106 Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak in five weeks.
Earl Clark had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, whose 18-point lead with 5½ minutes to play dwindled to 102-101 with 2 minutes left before Clark and Steve Nash hit big shots to clinch Los Angeles' ninth straight win over New Orleans.
The Hornets lost a sloppy one at home tonight against the visiting Houston Rockets, 100-82
It was the fourth time this season New Orleans had faced the Rockets, and Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams said before the game that New Orleans knew the team they were up against tonight. And Houston knew them.
The New Orleans Hornets racked up the franchise's most points in a single game this season on their way to a 114-105 victory over the Sacramento Kings Monday afternoon in the New Orleans Arena.
The Hornets blew the game open early, heading into the half up 64-39, and leading by 27 at one point in the third. The Kings staged a third quarter comeback, crawling back to within seven late in the fourth, but were unable to surmount the Hornets’ strong defensive effort.