Coming off a win to end the 2012 calendar year, the New Orleans Hornets were hoping to do the same to begin 2013. Unfortunately, the Atlanta Hawks had another idea, defeating the Hornets 95-86 behind the excellent play of their big men.
In their most thorough victory of the season, the Hornets crushed the Hawks in Atlanta Friday night 100-59. Chris Paul scored sixteen points and dished out eight assists in leading the Hornets to their seventh straight win. As usual, the defense was superb for New Orleans.