The New Orleans Hornets said their last loss at home provided motivation for their recent winning streak and how impressive they have been throughout it.
New Orleans looks for another easy win on Monday when they host the slumping Milwaukee Bucks.
The Hornets (27-12) have won four straight and 12 of 14, including victories in the first two games of a five-game homestand. They are looking to match their longest winning streak of the season, having won five in a row in mid-November.
Since suffering a 109-80 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 9, New Orleans has dominated opponents, winning by an average of 22.5 points. The Hornets are coming off a 112-84 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.
"I think we were kind of angered by that Laker loss," New Orleans' Tyson Chandler said. "They definitely caught our attention and woke us up and now the other teams are paying for it."
Chandler had 13 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats on Friday while Chris Paul had 14 points and 13 assists. It was the 13th time they had double-doubles in the same game. David West led New Orleans with 28 points in 32 minutes.
The starters played only three quarters with coach Byron Scott going to his bench after New Orleans went up 90-62. New Orleans reserves scored 37 points and helped keep the pressure on the Bobcats in the fourth.
"I've always talked about having that killer instinct when you have a team down," Scott said. "When you have your foot on their neck, don't let them up. Smash them down. It might sound kind of cruel but you've got to have that."
The Bucks (16-24) have been the ones getting beaten up lately, losing for the fourth time in five games Saturday with a 119-99 defeat to the Golden State Warriors. Milwaukee trailed by one at halftime before falling apart, letting Golden State go on a 10-0 run to open the second half and getting outscored 41-22 in the third quarter.
Michael Redd scored 24 points while Andrew Bogut added 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Bucks had 19 turnovers, leading to 26 Golden State points.
Milwaukee is averaging 95.0 points this season - eighth-lowest in the NBA.
"I don't know if the offense is too complicated or if we're asking guys to make passes," coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "We need to improve on our passing for sure."
Redd, Milwaukee's leading scorer at 22.9 points per game, took just three shots after halftime and scored only four points. It was still his highest point total in five games since returning from a four-game absence due to a thigh bruise.
"The offense wasn't ran through me," Redd said. "It was nothing they did, I just stood around, pretty much, patient, just waiting. They didn't do anything special at all."
Milwaukee has lost three straight against the Hornets and six in a row on the road against them. Five of those six losses were decided by fewer than 10 points.
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