The New Orleans Saints will travel north this weekend for a Sunday evening matchup with the defending Super Bowl-champion New York Giants.
The two slumping teams will have each something to prove as New Orleans has dropped two straight heartbreakers, while New York has lost three of their last four games and are beginning to lose their footing atop the always-tough NFC East Division.
The Memphis Grizzlies (13-3) meet the Hornets (5-12) tonight at the New Orleans Arena at 7 p.m. The Grizzlies are currently first place in the Western Conference, despite having one of the most difficult schedules in the league so far. The Heat, Thunder, and Knicks have all fallen to Memphis.
Kobe Bryant scored 29 points Wednesday night in a 103-87 drubbing of the New Orleans Hornets by the Los Angeles Lakers, in the process becoming the fifth player in NBA history — and the youngest since Wilt Chamberlain — to score 30,000 career points.
The Hornets defense fended off Bryant’s attacks for nearly seven minutes in a strong first half showing, holding him scoreless until 5:14 left in the first quarter. Sixteen minutes later, with 1:16 remaining in the first half, Bryant slid to the rim, lofted two points, and notched his 30K milestone.
NBA Commissioner David Stern attended Wednesday night’s matchup between the Hornets and the Lakers, touring the new Hornets facility under construction at the Saints complex on Airline Highway earlier in the day and meeting with Hornets staff and owner Tom Benson.
Stern answered questions during a pregame press conference on his take on the Hornets organization, and on the possible team name change that has transfixed fans on social media throughout the day.
The New Orleans Hornets smothered the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the New Orleans Arena, 102-81, on the back of strong shooting and a momentum that kept building over the course of the game.
The Hornets shot 52%, their second-highest of the season, while the Bucks shot 38.2% and scored only 81 points, a season low.
New Orleans started strong, shooting at almost 60% in the first quarter, and went into the half with a 53-50 lead. The Hornets also finally found their success under the rim, outscoring the Bucks 48-34 in the paint.
Some things to look for tonight in the matchup between the New Orleans Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks. The game tips off tonight at 7 p.m. at the New Orleans Arena.
Guards Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are the main scorers for Milwaukee. The Bucks average 20% of their points off of turnovers, score 44% of their points in the paint, and are only blocked 3.9 times per game, one of the best in the league.
The slumping New Orleans Hornets were blown out at home tonight by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 100-79.
This was the second meeting between the Hornets and the Thunder in the last few weeks. Unlike their last contest, when New Orleans allowed OKC to sprint ahead in the first half, they kept within ten points at the half Saturday.
The Saints fell short last night against archrival Atlanta, 23-13 in the Georgia Dome in front of a sell-out crowd and a national television audience.
New Orleans has dominated the Falcons over the past seven seasons, winning eleven out of their last 13 meetings before yesterday, but couldn’t overcome one of the worst games of quarterback Drew Brees’ career.