Hornets.com postgame: Hornets 112, Warriors 103

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Hornets (31-16), Warriors (19-26)

It was over when... Emeka Okafor dropped in a layup off a dish from Chris Paul, then finished the conventional three-point play with a free throw. Okafor’s and-one made it 112-98 with just under a minute remaining. New Orleans posted its 10th consecutive victory, tying a franchise record.

Hornets MVP: Chris Paul had as many dazzling and pinpoint passes in this game as he’s had all season, setting up a vast array of teammates for high-percentage shots. The result was an extremely balanced New Orleans offensive attack and a season-best 112 point total. All five Hornets starters cracked double digits in scoring, including Paul, who had 18 points to go along with his 17 assists.

Paul was actually highly critical of his performance immediately after the game, due to the six turnovers he committed. “Pathetic,” the three-time All-Star said of that stat.

Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: On a night when the bench was so-so at times, Marcus Thornton turned in the best individual performance, scoring eight points on 4-for-10 shooting. The Hornets were plus-13 with the LSU product in the game, easily the best plus-minus among the reserves.

The buzz on… going with the hot hand at shooting guard. Since returning from the ankle injury that caused him to miss two games earlier this month, Marco Belinelli has been back in the starting lineup. But he hasn’t been playing starter minutes. Over the past six games, the native of Italy hasn’t played more than 22 minutes in any game. Monty Williams said before Wednesday’s game that the play of Thornton and Willie Green has factored into him cutting into Belinelli’s playing time of late. Williams also expressed some dissatisfaction with the fourth-year pro’s individual defense in recent games. He actually shot the ball well Wednesday, but Williams still replaced Belinelli quickly after a few misplays. If there’s one thing we should have learned by now about Williams in his first season as an NBA head coach, it’s that defensive lapses will be noted and costly in terms of a player’s role.

Blog question of the night: What mid-term grade does David Andersen deserve? The Australian hasn’t been a frequent member of the lineup, but was active in Wednesday’s fourth quarter, finishing with five points and three boards in 11 minutes.