The New Orleans Hornets haven't had trouble taking advantage of struggling opponents recently.
The Hornets have a chance to beat another sub-.500 team and notch their third straight win as they meet the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
New Orleans (17-10) won 110-76 at home Saturday over Minnesota, which owns the NBA's worst record at 4-22. It came three days after the Hornets won 107-93 at Seattle, which has the second-worst record in the Northwest Division behind the Timberwolves.
"The games you're supposed to win, you've got to go out there and get the wins if you want to take your team to another level,'' New Orleans' Morris Peterson said. "You don't want to be in Game 75 and be fighting for a playoff position and look back at the games that you lost and regret that you didn't come out and give a great effort.''
Though the Hornets are 8-8 following a 9-2 start, they have a chance to start piling up some wins. Memphis (8-19) has lost three in a row to New Orleans - including two at home - and eight of the last nine in the series. The Hornets, though, needed overtime to win both meetings with the Grizzlies this season.
Following this contest, New Orleans travels to Charlotte on Friday, before hosting defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland on Saturday. Both of those teams are also under .500.
Against Minnesota, David West had 22 points for the Hornets and Chris Paul added 19 and 15 assists for his 14th double-double.
"We see we had a team under .500 and when we play those teams we have to take advantage of it,'' said Paul, who averages 20.9 points and 10.0 assists. "It's all a part of us getting that killer mentality where if we have a lead we don't let the other team back in the game.''
Paul scored a career-high 43 and dished out nine assists in New Orleans' 118-116 home overtime win over Memphis on Dec. 7. He also had 28 points and 13 assists in the Hornets' 120-118 overtime win at Memphis on Nov. 16.
Memphis returns to action after a disappointing 99-97 home loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. The 76ers' Andre Iguodala made a 20-footer at the buzzer to hand the Grizzlies their second straight loss and ninth in 11 games.
The Grizzlies, who are 1-7 in games decided by three points or less, failed to hold a five-point lead after three quarters.
"It just strayed away from us,'' said Rudy Gay, who had 19 points. "I guess we thought we had the game at the end.''
Gay, who averages a team-leading 19.6 points, is averaging 25.5 points in the two losses versus New Orleans this season. He had 31 on 12-for-21 shooting in the teams' most recent contest.
Pau Gasol had a season-high 31 points and pulled down 13 rebounds Saturday. He's averaging 23.0 points and 9.0 rebounds against the Hornets this season.
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