NBA Summer League: Hornets 76, Spurs 68

Tuesday, July 15, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

His full name makes him an easy target for wise-cracking hecklers. He’s probably heard the Whitney Houston jokes too many times to count by now. Laugh all you want, but through three games, Bobby Brown has been the most positive story of the Hornets’ annual trip to Las Vegas.

The 6-foot-1 guard and all-time leading scorer in Cal State-Fullerton school history tallied team-bests of 15 points and eight assists, pacing New Orleans to its second straight victory. Brown fired in 11 points in the second half vs. San Antonio and was one of four Hornets starters in double digits.

The 23-year-old Los Angeles native leads the Hornets in scoring average so far, at 15.3 points per game. He’s also tops in assists (6.0) and has been solid shooting-wise, connecting on 47.2 percent of his attempts from the field.

New Orleans (2-1) grabbed a 20-5 lead in the first quarter Tuesday, but San Antonio fought back to within one by the end of the third period. The Hornets outscored the Spurs 22-15 in the final stanza to earn a semi-comfortable win.

Other notes from Las Vegas:

• Hornets veterans Julian Wright and Hilton Armstrong only managed 11 points each, with neither very aggressive at the offensive end. Wright took nine shots in 38 minutes of action, while Armstrong only had five field-goal attempts in 33 minutes.

• Georgetown product Brandon Bowman was big in the fourth quarter, scoring six of his 12 points. The forward continues to show his skilled perimeter game, drilling three outside shots, including an early three-pointer.

• Former Philadelphia second-round pick Derrick Byars did a lot with his limited playing time, piling up eight quick points in the first quarter. He drilled two three-pointers in his 13 minutes of playing time.