The New Orleans Hornets were up by six at halftime Tuesday night at the New Orleans Arena, but lost ground to the Atlanta Hawks in the 3rd quarter, couldn’t catch up, and lost, 95-86.
After the break Atlanta put up a veteran front that New Orleans just could not match. Josh Smith, the Hawks’ top scorer and a nine-year veteran, aggressively attacked the Bees on both sides of the court, scoring a total of 23 points, along with 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocked shots.
The Hornets start off the new year with a matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Tuesday’s game will also be the home debut of Eric Gordon. The guard had been stricken with an injured knee for most of last season and returned to action this last Saturday against the Charlotte Bobcats. Gordon put up a strong effort in his first game back, he scored 24 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals, playing around 25 minutes.
Eric Gordon scored 24 points and dished out 7 assists in his season debut, leading the New Orleans Hornets to a 98-95 victory against the Bobcats in Charlotte.
Gordon, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since last season, came off the bench in his first game back and played for almost 25 minutes. His influence was palpable in the final quarter, and he created isolation scoring for himself and opportunities for his teammates.
The Hornets fell to the Toronto Raptors in overtime at the New Orleans Arena on Friday night, 104-97, despite an inspiring fourth quarter rally.
The Raptors set the tempo in the extra period, holding the Hornets to 18% shooting. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, with 31.7 seconds to play, iced the game with a 21-foot jumper, sending the crowd to the exits.