NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 15 (Ticker) -- Dan Dickau
gave the New Orleans Hornets
the lead after three quarters and made sure it stood up in the
final 12 minutes.
Dickau ended the third quarter with a rare four-point play and
added 12 of his career-high 23 points in the fourth period to
lead the Hornets to their first home win of the season, a 98-89
triumph over the Golden State Warriors.
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With New Orleans trailing 66-62 late in the third, Dickau began an 8-0 run by hitting a short jumper with 27 seconds remaining
before banking in a 3-pointer from 32 feet as he was fouled by
with four-tenths of a second to go. Dickau sank
the ensuing free throw to give the Hornets a 68-66 edge.
"You see something like that and I was kind of feeling like it
was going to be our night," Hornets guard Junior Harrington
said. "That was a big shot by him. It changed the momentum of
the game. It got the crowd into the game and gave the players a
little bit of a boost."
After scoring 11 points in the first 36 minutes, Dickau took
control in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 to eclipse his career
high of 18 set on Dec. 10 against New Jersey.
The point guard once was a member of the Warriors but never
played for them. He was traded to Dallas this summer in the
deal before New Orleans acquired him on Dec. 3
for Darrell Armstrong
"He's been a great, pleasant surprise," Hornets coach Byron Scott
said of Dickau, who is averaging 12.9 points in seven
games with New Orleans after scoring five points in just 16
minutes with Dallas. "He's played extremely well. He came into
my office and said nobody's given him a chance. I told him I
was going to give him a chance. He hasn't disappointed me."
scored 18 points, Harrington added 15 and P.J. Brown
had 11 and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who ended an
11-game losing streak -- one shy of the franchise record -- and
improved to 1-9 at New Orleans Arena, becoming the last team to
win at home this season.
"You look at every guy in this (locker) room and they play
basketball because they love to play and because they want to
win," Dickau said. "Each guy in this locker room wouldn't be
here if they didn't have those qualities. To get that losing
streak off our backs and to move forward and get going from
here, it's definitely a good feeling."
The Hornets (2-19) rebounded from two overtime road losses in
the previous five nights, including a 94-93 decision against the
expansion Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.
"New Orleans had a lot of energy; we didn't match it," Golden
State coach Mike Montgomery
said. "The Hornets had a sense of
urgency. We didn't have it, and it showed. In every
statistical category, they beat us. We didn't do much to hang
our hat on."
had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Claxton added 21
and a season-high 12 assists for the Warriors, who have dropped
eight straight road games against the Hornets franchise,
including three at New Orleans.
"We didn't show up," said Murphy, who helped the Warriors end a 12-game Dallas road skid on Tuesday. "We came out a little
lackadaisical and took them for granted a little bit. We're
never going to be good until we kick the inconsistency. This
was a game we were supposed to win."
Claxton and Mickael Pietrus
scored six points apiece during an
18-4 second-quarter run that gave the Warriors their biggest
lead, 36-30. Golden State led 44-42 at the break.
But in the second half, the Hornets -- who entered the game last
in the league in shooting -- shot 50 percent, outrebounded the
Warriors 27-11 and matched their largest point total in
regulation this season.
"We've been in games. We've had our opportunities," Wesley
said. "We've found every different way to lose those games.
It's nice to hold on to a lead, keep one down the stretch and