Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Hornets Extra: Pelicans 100, Hornets 91
Last night at the Smoothie King Center, the New Orleans Pelicans were out to get back on course against the Charlotte Hornets, and it was all Pelicans, all the time, as New Orleans for the most part dominated the night en route to a 100-91 win to even up their record on the year at 2-2, while the Hornets drop to 1-3.
The star of the night for the Pelicans, who used to be known as the New Orleans Hornets from 2002-13, before relinquishing the "Hornets" nickname back to Charlotte, was none other than Anthony Davis, and the fans gave him nothing but love when he heard the rings of the "MVP" chant all over the Smoothie King Center, as he would finish with a double-double(24 points, 13 rebounds) to lead New Orleans in the win. Joining him were three players who ended the night with 16 points each(Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Tyreke Evans), and Pelicans head coach Monty Williams was very happy with Davis' effort to help New Orleans get the win. "I thought he wasn't getting the ball where he wanted to consistently, but then he started to knock down jump shots." Williams said.
The struggles were hard for the Hornets on the other hand, according to head coach Steve Clifford. "We didn't keep playing, keep competing for every posession, those things are on me." said Clifford.
Charlotte, who was without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last night, was led in scoring by Gary Neal off the bench with 21 in the loss for the Hornets.
Tonight, the Hornets hope to put a stop to their brief 3-game losing skid as they take on Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and former Charlotte player Josh McRoberts as the Miami Heat invades "The Hive" for a 7:00 tip-off.