Monday was a great day for the New Orleans Hornets and their fans. Attendance goals were met by the fans, assuring the team will be in the Crescent City next year. That announcement was followed by a thrilling victory over the Thunder, the ninth in a row for the fleur de bees.'s Daily Dime page has more on the Hornets.

Monday was a day to remember for New Orleans Hornets fans. For starters, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced at a pregame news conference that the team had met attendance goals, securing its home in New Orleans for at least another year. Then, during the game, it was announced that the team had sold out the Hive for the second time in a row, after doing so only twice in the first 22 games. The baby in the king cake came when David West dropped a 19-foot game-winning fadeaway over Serge Ibaka with half a second left in the Hornets' 91-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

The thrilling victory was the ninth in a row for the Hornets, who are the NBA's hottest team for the second time this season. It catapulted them from fifth to third in the Western Conference standings, ahead of both Oklahoma City and divisional rival Dallas. It also may prove to be the game that officially cements them in the minds of national basketball fans. The Hornets have been successful this season despite playing the third-hardest schedule in the league.

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New Orleans now hits the road for a west coast road swing. How long can they keep the winning streak going? They should be favored in their next four matchups. A week from tomorrow, the Hornets will face the feisty Thunder again, this time in Oklahoma City.