Hornets Win Again, Beat Cavs 108-101
The Hornets keep the NBA’s best record with their seventh home victory in as many tries. New Orleans owns the league’s best record at 10-1.
David West scored a season-high 34 points, and the New Orleans Hornets held Cleveland to 35 percent shooting and survived a late flurry to beat the Cavaliers 108-101 Friday night.
Cleveland, which trailed by double digits for the first 20 minutes of the second half, pulled within 104-101 on three free throws by Antawn Jamison with 21 seconds left. New Orleans’ Marco Belinelli hit two foul shots two seconds later, and Trevor Ariza stole the ball from Ramon Sessions to seal the victory.
Chris Paul contributed 15 points, 10 assists and six steals for the Hornets. Belinelli added 20 points, including 12 during a decisive 18-2 run at the end of the first half.
Jamison led the Cavaliers with 20 points off the bench. Fellow reserve Sessions scored 16.
The Hornets improved to an NBA-best 10-1. Cleveland lost for the first time in four road games under Byron Scott, who coached the Hornets for five full seasons and the first nine games last year before being fired with a 3-6 record.
Despite giving up 100 points for the first time this season, the Hornets won with defense. They held the Cavaliers to 4-of-23 shooting in the second quarter and zero field goals in the last 5 minutes of the first half.
The Hornets will spend their Thanksgiving week on the road as they’ll begin a 4 game road swing out West starting with a matchup at Sacramento against the Kings this Sunday. The game can be seen on NBA TV at 5:00.