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.
A rowdy sellout crowd of 19,060 was disappointed Monday night in Los Angeles when the New Orleans Hornets force-fed the Clippers their fourth straight loss.
Both teams played a rugged and physical game, committing a combined 45 personal fouls. The Clippers were cited for two flagrant-1 fouls, the second by Matt Barnes toward the end of the third quarter when he shouldered Jason Smith in the sternum after Smith set a hard pick on Clippers guard Chris Paul.
The Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Hornets Sunday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The Hornets, who took the lead early in the first quarter, tried to stay with the Nuggets but began lagging by halftime.
By the end of the third, the Bees were behind by 18, and they were never able to catch up.
"Not any good thing to take from a game like this,” said Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams after the game. “The NBA is a cruel league. They try to embarrass you every night, and that's what you saw tonight.”
The New Orleans Hornets dropped to second-to-last place in the Western Conference after their loss to the New York Knicks last night, 102-80.
This loss drops the Hornets to 3-6. They have lost their last 4 games, and the Hornets defense has given up more than 100 points in each. In the games the Hornets have won this season, they have only allowed their opponents an average of 89 points.
“We've got to get it together. It's hurting us. It's four losses in a row. You don't want to take that. You don't want to get used to losing,” said Hornet’s starting guard Greivis Vasquez.
The Saints improved their record to 5-5 with a 38-17 win over the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday.
The offense continued its balanced attack, rushing for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive game. Mark Ingram led the way for the Saints’ ground game, rushing 12 times for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Drew Brees provided another masterful performance, completing 74.1 percent of his passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Lance Moore caught two of Brees’s touchdown passes, totaling 53 yards.