Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The New Orleans Hornets finally ended their
eight-game road losing slide as they held off the Phoenix Suns for a 95-92
victory at the US Airways Center.
Anthony Davis led the charge with 20 points and blocked two shots for New
Orleans as it ended a two-game losing streak. Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson
scored 17 points apiece. Anderson also grabbed 10 rebounds and the Hornets
improved to 16-21 with Gordon in the lineup.
Markieff Morris scored 18 points for Phoenix, which also received 17 points
and 10 boards from Luis Scola. Jared Dudley chimed in with 15 points off the
bench, but it was not enough to help the Suns avoid their season-high ninth
consecutive setback. Goran Dragic had 11 points and eight assists in the loss.
Michael Beasley had a tough outing, going 1-of-11 from the field to tally only
Scola scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes to help Phoenix take a
26-17 lead into the second quarter. The Hornets made only 38.1 percent of
their field goal tries in the first period.
New Orleans continued to struggle offensively in the second quarter, but it
locked down on the defensive end to hold the Suns to just 30 percent
efficiency from the field and force them into five turnovers. Gordon tallied
eight points in the second quarter, but Phoenix managed to hang on to a 43-39
lead at the contest progressed into the intermission.
The Hornets quickly erased the halftime deficit as they dominated the third
quarter, outscoring the hosts, 35-19, in the period. New Orleans made all 13
of its free-throw attempts while the Suns went 0-of-3 from 3-point range.
Phoenix finally found its shooting touch in the fourth quarter as Kendall
Marshall led a comeback effort with nine points and three assists. Morris had
eight points in the fourth quarter, however he was unable to make a
potentially game-tying 3-point attempt from 26 feet away in the closing
New Orleans converted 27-of-29 at the free-throw line and held a 48-38 edge in
the rebounding battle...Xavier Henry scored eight points off the
bench...Phoenix has lost seven home games in a row...New Orleans improved to
4-19 in road games against Western Conference teams.
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