Hornets End Knicks Win Streak And Continue Their Own
Despite all the Linsanity, the New Orleans Hornets walked into Madison Square Garden Friday night and linded the Knicks 7 game winning streak, beating New York 89-85. Despite all the injuries and three players on 10 day contracts, New Orleans has won 3 in a row.
Playing a game-high 45 minutes, Trevor Ariza scored 25 points for the fleur-de-bees, going 50% from the field and pulling down 8 rebounds. His stellar defensive effort set the tone for the Hornets, who were determined to pressure Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
Despite being all the rage in the sports world, the biggest weakness to Lin's game has been turnovers. New Orleans forced him into 9. In his first 7 career starts, Lin has committed 45 turnovers. That's the most for any player since individual turnovers began being recorded in 1977. Greivis Vasquez (pictured left with Lin) got the defensive assignment on Lin for the majority of the night. While Greivis is impressed with Jeremy, he also pointed out that his team got after him on Friday night.
"It's the NBA, man. I mean, the kid is really good. I love his passion," explained Vasquez when asked about Lin. "What I love about him is he is so humble. He deserves everything he got right now and everything he is going through because, you know, the way he handles himself. But tonight it was a little bit different. We came out and played great team defense."
New Orleans power forward Gustavo Ayon continues to assimilate his game to the NBA. The first year Center from Mexico recorded his second straight double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds). Marco Belinelli scored 17 for the Hornets.
New Orleans will try and extent their win streak to 4 this Monday when they travel to Oklahoma City for a matchup with the Thunder. It will be the first game of the Hornets only back to back to back of the season. All 3 games are on the road before the team gets a rest during the All-Star break.