Hornets (19-42), Bobcats (7-53)
It was over when
Charlottes Kemba Walker misfired on a three-pointer that was rebounded by Greivis Vasquez with less than 10 seconds remaining. The Bobcats then fouled Vasquez, who sank two free throws for a 75-67 edge with just 4.5 seconds remaining. Playing with only nine guys available, the Hornets posted their season-high fourth straight victory. Since the seasons low point record-wise of 4-23, New Orleans has gone a much more respectable 15-19.
Hornets MVP: On a night when not a whole lot was working at the offensive end, the 6-foot-6 Vasquez was effective getting into the lane and using his height advantage over the Bobcats to get floaters and layups. The native of Venezuela racked up 14 points in the second half, en route to a 20-point game. Typical of Mondays game, he was 0-for-5 from three-point range but went 8-for-13 on twos. We missed a lot of shots and were a little tired, Vasquez said. We kept fighting and fighting and got the win.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Like Vasquez, Carl Landrys offensive production in the second half enabled New Orleans to escape with a victory in a hoops war of attrition. The power forward scored 12 of his 14 points after intermission, including one stretch in which the Hornets cleared out a side and let Landry go to work one-on-one. He also had 12 rebounds. Any time youve got guys beat up and limited, its going to be tough, Landry said of the scratch-and-claw nature of Mondays game. We took care of business and got the win tonight. Landry was playing with a strained calf muscle in his left leg.
The buzz on
a new name to replace Hornets. If there still were any doubts that incoming New Orleans owner Tom Benson was serious about the notion of changing the clubs nickname, those shouldve been completely erased Monday afternoon. During a lengthy press conference and media gathering, the New Orleans Saints owner said several times that he wants the NBA franchise to have a moniker that is more closely associated with the city. He believes that "Hornets" is too generic, with no specific reason for a NOLA team to have that tag. Although Benson appears intent on making the sweeping change, there is no early indication of any frontrunner or leader in terms of a potential name. In fact, Benson at one point asked the large gathering in the New Orleans Arena today if they could provide him with some assistance in finding a better name.