The New Orleans Hornets(3-0) played the Charlotte Bobcats(1-2) for the second time in three days yesterday. This game was full of runs and the Hornets were up early after a 23 – 7 lead in the first quarter. The Bobcats then got it together and brought the lead to within 2 points at halftime then went on to take a 64 – 54 lead in the third quarter. The Hornets had a big 4th quarter and took a 88-87 lead with a 22-9 run. Charlotte’s Brendan Haywood missed two big free throws with 6 seconds left to give the Bobcats the lead. Al-Farouq Aminu then sealed the game for the Hornets with 2 free throws to give them a 3 point lead.
Guard Brian Roberts got the start in place of Grevis Vasquez and Roberts played fantastic. He lead the Hornets with 16 points and 8 assist. So far when Roberts plays big minutes he has made the most out of them, last night he played 28 minutes and was the most productive player on the court.
Anthony Davis had another solid game, posting 12 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Anderson and Lance Thomas both had 14 points off the bench.
Once again the Bobcats were led by Byron Mullens and Ben Gordon, they both finished with 15 points. Bobcats’ first round pick Michael-Kidd Gilchrist finished with only 1 point in 16 minutes. He has been some what disappointing for a franchise that desperately needs production from him.
The Hornets were without players Eric Gordon, Jason Smith, Hakim Warrick, and Xavier Henry.