Hornets.com postgame: Rockets 104, Hornets 92
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Rockets (18-14), Hornets (7-25)
It was over when… Houston’s Patrick Patterson drained a three-pointer from the right corner, giving the hosts a 99-88 lead with 1:57 remaining. The Hornets trailed 74-66 entering the fourth quarter but pulled into a tie at 84, before the Rockets regained control en route to improving to 2-0 vs. New Orleans this season. The Hornets will return to Louisiana for roughly 36 hours, then head to Dallas on Friday afternoon to face the Mavericks on Saturday evening.
Hornets MVP: In a balanced performance byNew Orleans, five different Hornets reached double digits in scoring, all between 10 and 18 points. Give the MVP nod to Greivis Vasquez, who scored 15 points – all in the second half – and handed out 14 assists. Unfortunately for the starting point guard, foul trouble limited his time on the floor in the first quarter. However, Brian Roberts stepped in and produced an excellent opening half, with all 11 of his points prior to intermission.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Ryan Anderson was very quiet through three quarters, with only one basket among his six points. In the fourth quarter, though, he broke loose for 12 more points, including a pair of three-pointers that opened the scoring.Anderson also grabbed seven rebounds to go with his team-best 18 overall points. Jason Smith also played one of his better recent games, notching 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
The buzz on… a precautionary DNP by Eric Gordon. After the shooting guard missed 57 games last season and the first 29 this season,New Orleans opted to proceed with caution Wednesday, sitting Gordon on the second night of a back-to-back. Fortunately for the Hornets, the January schedule includes a dearth of back-to-back sets, with the next not coming until Jan. 15-16. There is only one other consecutive-games span after that this month (Jan. 29-30). In every other instance over the next few weeks, the Hornets will always have at least one day off between games. At some point, likely soon, Monty Williams will also move Gordon into the starting lineup, which would shift Austin Rivers to the reserve unit and impact another player or two, depending on what Williams decides to do with his reworked rotation.