Hornets Handle Cavs In Blowout Win
Two days after being humbled by the Miami Heat, the New Orleans Hornets put together 4 quarters of quality basketball, housing the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-92.
Hornets point guard Greivis Vasquez returned from an ankle injury and led the way. He scored a team-high 25 points on 10-14 shooting, while dishing out 9 assists.
Vasquez didn't seem to be bothered by his lingering ankle injury. At least not in the second half. After two quarters, the Venezuelan only had 5 points and 3 assists. Hornets coach Monty Williams challenged him at halftime. It worked.
"Coach called me out in front of everybody," said Vasquez in postgame. "When he calls me out I got to respond. I don't take it personally."
Hornets rookie Anthony Davis (pictured) finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and 1 assist, earning his 18th double-double of the season. Eric Gordon scored 14.
Two Hornet reserves reached double-figures. Ryan Anderson scored 23 points, nailing 5 of his 7 three point attempts. Brian Roberts was terrific from beyond the arc as well (3-4), scoring 15 off the pine. As a whole, New Orleans reserves held a 49-29 over Cleveland on Sunday night.
After playing the last 7 games at home, the Hornets now play 6 of the final 8 games this season on the road. Beginning Wednesday night in Golden State (tip-off vs. Warriors at 9:30), the Hornets will play 5 straight on the road.