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Hornets Lose in OT to Raptors, 104-97

Dec 28, 2012

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.

Robin Lopez had a season-high 29 points and Greivis Vasquez scored 27 points as the New Orleans Hornets snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 97-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Orlando had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but came up empty on a 3-point attempt by Nikola Vucevic.

The victory was the Hornets' first since Dec. 3 and their fourth straight regular-season win over the Magic.

Jameer Nelson had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando and Vucevic added 19 points.

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The New Orleans Hornets blew a 17-point halftime lead on the back of their now-customary third quarter sluggishness Saturday night, losing at home to the Indiana Pacers, 81-75.

The Hornets, coming off last night’s 99-94 loss to San Antonio, came out strong to start the game, stripping the Pacers at every opportunity and giving a rare show of power inside. New Orleans shot 42.1 percent in the first quarter, including 10 points in the paint, and converted 7 Indiana turnovers for 7 points.

The New Orleans Hornets return home tonight after a long road trip to face the Indiana Pacers, tipping-off at 7 p.m.

The Hornets have lost their last 10 straight, the last win back on Dec. 3 when they pulled out all the stops in overcoming the Milwaukee Bucks 102-81 at home.

Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams doesn’t think it feels strange to return to the Arena after losing on the road the night before.

Blake Griffin scored 18 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets 93-77 on Wednesday night for their franchise record-tying 11th consecutive victory.

Jamal Crawford added 17 points, DeAndre Jordan scored 12, and Chris Paul had 10 points and 12 assists, surpassing 5,000 in his career for the Clippers, whose 19-6 record is tied with New York for second-best in the NBA.

They tied the franchise record set by the 1974-75 Buffalo Bills.

David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson finished with 19 points and the Golden State Warriors brought their surprising road run home with a 103-96 victory over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night.

After going 6-1 on the season's longest road stretch, the Warriors built a 14-point lead in the second quarter and held off the Hornets late. Golden State (17-8) is off to its best start since the 1991-92 season, when the team began 21-8.

The New Orleans Hornets have signed forward Dominic McGuire to shore up their frontcourt in the absence of Jason Smith, who is out with a right shoulder injury.

McGuire averaged 2.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in just over 15 minutes per game for the Toronto Raptors earlier this season, appearing in 15 games before he was waived on Nov. 30.

The 6-foot-9 forward, in his sixth NBA season, has also had stints with Washington, Sacramento, Charlotte and Golden State. He's averaged 2.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 331 career games.

Rookie Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers handed New Orleans its sixth straight loss with a 95-94 victory over the Hornets on Sunday night.

After trailing by as many as 16, Austin Rivers hit a 3-pointer for the Hornets to tie it at 92 with 50.9 seconds left. The Blazers then absorbed a blow when LaMarcus Aldridge suddenly came up limping and headed to the locker room with what appeared to be a left ankle injury, but Lillard came through to give Portland the win.

Notes: Tonight's Hornets/Trail Blazers Matchup

Dec 16, 2012

The Hornets start a four game road trip tonight in Portland, where they’ll face the Trail Blazers. New Orleans (5-17) is looking to snap a six-game losing streak.

Portland defeated the Hornets in all four of their meetings last year.

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New Orleans Hornets under the rim tonight, 113-102, their dominance in the paint overshadowing the Hornets’ 53 percent shooting and a career performance by guard Austin Rivers.

Nikola Pekovic led Minnesota with a career high 31 points, all but one of his shots from in the key. Pekovic bullied the Hornets defense into allowing him to shoot 14-18 from the field, and the rest of the Timberwolves followed suit, with 70 of their points scored from down-low. Minnesota also scored 24 second-chance points as they out-rebounded the Hornets 40-30.

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