The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel sixth overall in the 2013 NBA draft Thursday night, and almost immediately traded him and a 2014 first-round pick to Philadelphia for guard Jrue Holiday and the 2013 draft's 42nd pick, Pierre Jackson, a point guard out of Baylor University.
Holiday has averaged 13.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in his four seasons with the 76ers. He averaged 17.7 points and 5.8 assists per game in an All-Star year this past season.
The New Orleans Hornets lost to the Dallas Mavericks 107-89 Sunday afternoon in their final home game before becoming the Pelicans. The Mavericks rolled over the Hornets’ defense, shooting 52.3% from the field, and 42.9% from three-point range.
The Hornets lost the lead early in the first quarter as Dallas relentlessly attacked the paint. The Mavs outscored the Bees 18-8 under the rim in the first quarter, and extended their lead to 33-19 before the end of the period.
The New Orleans Hornets were routed by the Miami Heat Friday night at the New Orleans Arena, 108-89.
The Hornets never had a chance. LeBron James devastated their defense early in the first quarter, putting up 15 points in the first period alone. James, the league’s leader in efficiency stats (32.2 EFF), scored 36 points on 65% shooting, and sat the entire fourth quarter.
James fired home a season high seven three pointers, six during a thirteen minute span during which he sank every field goal he attempted and all but one of his free throws.
The New Orleans Hornets lost to the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night at the New Orleans Arena, 105-91.
The Clippers found success in their backcourt, their shooting guards blasting the Hornets from the perimeter. They shot 45% from downtown, landing 13 three-pointers. Los Angeles was also successful at drawing fouls off the dribble, and shot 24-for-28 from the charity stripe; the Hornets committed 25 personal fouls over the course of the evening.
The New Orleans Hornets stopped the Denver Nuggets short Monday night, 110-86, snapping the visitors’ 15-game winning streak with a suffocating defense and a torrent of three-point shots.
New Orleans, who entered tonight’s game eleventh in the NBA in three-point scoring, connected on 14 shots from downtown on 56% shooting from three-point land, and were 48.2% from the field overall. Ryan Anderson scored 15 of his 23 points off of threes, and both Darius Miller and Roger Mason landed four-of-five at distance.
With less than a second to play Anthony Davis tipped in a missed layup by teammate Eric Gordon to bring the Hornets ahead of the Celtics 87-86 and notch their first victory in five games.
Boston and New Orleans fought for the lead in the 4th quarter. The lead changed four times and was tied twice. The Celtics rallied their efforts behind the seasoned leadership of Paul Pierce, who scored 11 of his 28 points in the last period. The Hornets’ Ryan Anderson matched Pierce’s scoring, knocking down 11 of his total 21 points in the fourth.
The Golden State Warriors simply outplayed the visibly-tired New Orleans Hornets Monday night, winning 93-72. Golden State was lead by 30 points from point guard Stephen Curry, who also racked up six three-pointers.
The Hornets shot 33.7% from the field, including just 3-17 from outside the arc, on a night in which they were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The Warriors, who have a 38-30 record and are a game-and-a-half ahead of the Houston Rockets for sixth place in the West, shot 50%, including 10 of 19 three-pointers.
Kobe Bryant scored 47 points and the Los Angeles Lakers scored 33 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the New Orleans Hornets 108-102 Wednesday night at the New Orleans Arena.
The Lakers were down by as many as 25 points during Wednesday’s contest, but capitalized on an inexperienced New Orleans team that failed to score a point in the final 6:47 of the game. The Lakers scored 20 unanswered points on their way to victory.
Deron Williams scored 33 points and the Brooklyn Nets made 12 three-point shots on their way to a 101-97 victory over the New Orleans Hornets Tuesday night at the New Orleans Arena.
The Hornets, who shot only 39.5 percent over the first two quarters and were down by as many as 22 points late in the second quarter, rallied in the second half of the game. New Orleans shooters knocked down 52.3 percent of their shots in the second half, and outscored their opponents 56-44 while trying to regain the advantage.