Kings End Hornets Streak
The Kings took out the Hornets 102-96 in Sacramento Saturday night. The loss by New Orleans snaps their franchise tying best 10 game winning streak. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
David West scored 21 points for the Hornets, who were looking to set a franchise record with 11 straight victories. Chris Paul had 19 points and seven assists, Marcus Thornton had 16 points and Emeka Okafor 15.
"When you win this many games you have a target on your back," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "We didn't play their record. Young teams like that pick it up about now [this time of the season]. We've just got to turn the page, but not without learning some of these lessons."
New Orleans had plenty of opportunities, but ultimately, it was their biggest strength that let them down. The Hornets identity is on the defensive end of the floor, and last night the best defense in the NBA played like...well...the Kings. Early in the game, the Hornets lacked the energy on defense that they consistently displayed during their ten game winning streak. New Orleans now prepares for a quick turnaround as they will battle the Suns in Phoenix tonight. Tip-off in the desert is set for 7:00.