New Orleans Hornets fans received a glimpse of the future while enjoying the present on Sunday night. Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, the...
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Hornets fans received a glimpse of the future while enjoying the present on Sunday night.
Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon, the franchise’s marquee tandem, combined for 37 points to help the Hornets snap a three-game losing streak with a 110-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Davis had 20 points and eight rebounds, while Gordon had 17 points and a season-high eight assists to help New Orleans get its first win since the All-Star break.
Ryan Anderson scored 17 points and Greivis Vasquez had 12 points and 13 assists for New Orleans, which improved to 18-12 when holding its opponent to less than 100 points.
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“I had to be aggressive,” said Davis, who was 9 of 14 from the field. “I had to stop settling for jump shots and start attacking the basket.”
John Salmons scored all of his 18 points in the second half to lead the Kings, who lost their fifth consecutive game and eighth straight on the road.
“I thought we played a great game up until about five minutes and 23 seconds,” Sacramento coach Keith Smart said. “We just didn’t manage that moment, that little pocket of the game.”
A 17-7 spurt to open the fourth broke it open for the Hornets, giving New Orleans a 96-83 lead with 6:05 remaining.
Percentages: FG .422, FT 1.000. Three-point goals: 12-19, .632 (Salmons 6-7, Evans 2-3, Thornton 2-3, Fredette 1-2, I.Thomas 1-3, Johnson 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Team turnovers: 13 (15 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Johnson 2, Salmons, Thompson). Turnovers: 13 (Thompson 3, Cousins 2, Salmons 2, Thornton 2, Fredette, Johnson, Patterson, I.Thomas). Steals: 5 (Cousins 2, I.Thomas 2, Evans). Technical fouls: Defensive three second, 7:46 fourth; Evans, 5:23 fourth.
Percentages: FG .506, FT .933. Three-point goals: 6-16, .375 (Mason 3-4, Anderson 2-3, Rivers 1-2, Aminu 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Vasquez 0-2, Gordon 0-3). Team rebounds: 4. Team turnovers: 10 (11 PTS). Blocked shots: 9 (Aminu 3, Lopez 2, Smith 2, Anderson, Mason). Turnovers: 9 (Gordon 5, Aminu, Anderson, Mason, Vasquez). Steals: 5 (Aminu 3, Gordon, Smith).
|Sacramento||27||20||26||22 — 95|
|New Orleans||30||23||26||31 — 110|
Attendance: 12,788 (17,188). Time: 2:01. Officials: Ron Garretson, Courtney Kirkland, Haywoode Workman.