NEW ORLEANS, March 10 (Ticker) -- Baron Davis
got back into the starting
lineup and the New Orleans Hornets got back to winning.
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Davis bounced back from a terrible performance with 33 points
and 10 rebounds as the Hornets pulled away for a 95-84 victory
over the Miami Heat, who had a three-game winning streak
Davis did not start in Sunday's loss to Toronto after missing
the morning shootaround and had just six points on 3-of-12
shooting in 24 minutes. He made up for it in this one, making
9-of-20 shots and 14-of-14 free throws as New Orleans was
dominant from the line.
"I wanted to get in there and knock down some free throws and
really get this offense moving," Davis said. "We came out and
played good defense and sustained it for 48 minutes. We wanted
to get in there and attack as much as possible."
made 11-of-11 free throws and Jamaal Magloire
8-of-10 as Hornets tied a franchise record with 42 free throws
on 46 attempts. The Heat were limited to just 13-of-16 from the
"It was just one of those games where it was pretty lopsided,"
Miami forward Brian Grant
said. "I had a couple of stupid fouls
that contributed to that lopsidedness. There are going to be
games like that, but you've still got to find a way to win."
After the teams exchanged the lead nine time in the third
quarter, New Orleans never trailed in the fourth, opening the
period with a 10-1 run. Five different players scored during the
spurt, which Davis capped with a pair of free throws for an
82-72 cushion with 7:17 left.
Wesley scored 19 points and Magloire had 14 and 17 rebounds as
the Hornets (34-30) won for just the second time in six games
and remained tied with Milwaukee for fourth place in the Eastern
"With the week we've had, the month we've had, I'd have bet the
farm on this one. And I don't own a farm," Wesley said.
"Sometimes you need a kick in the (butt), and this was one I
game I would've been really, really surprised if we lost."
collected 12 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans,
which held a dominant 58-38 edge on the glass. The Hornets made
just 9-of-32 shots in the second half but were 27-of-30 from the
line and had a 36-21 edge on the glass.
"When you get outrebounded by 20 and the other team shoots 30
more free throws, you are probably not going to win the game,"
Miami coach Stan Van Gundy
said. "We couldn't keep them off the
glass and they were at the free-throw line the entire second
scored 18 points and Udonis Haslem
had 15 and 13
rebounds off the bench to lead the Heat, who failed to tie their
longest winning streak of the season.
Miami (28-37) fell one-half game behind Boston for the eighth
and final playoff spot in the East.