A 32-19 fourth-quarter edge propelled Toronto to a come-from-behind victory over New Orleans, resulting in the Hornets wrapping up their trip to Las Vegas winless in five games. Quincy Pondexter turned in his best game in league play, racking up 26 points. The rookie from the University of Washington cracked the scorebook in a number of ways, including relying heavily on a quick first step to get to the basket and draw fouls (12-for-15 on free throws). Pondexter also canned multiple mid-range jumpers, going 7-for-15 from the field.
“I think he’s going to compete for a starting spot this season,” said NBA TV analyst Eric Snow of Pondexter. “And he’ll definitely be in the rotation.” Unless you were in the Thomas & Mack Center or subscribed to NBA.com’s broadband package, you didn’t get to see the 6-foot-6 small forward turn in the kind of game that made him one of the Pac-10’s premier players in 2009-10.
Pondexter joined Maurice Ager (21 points, 8-for-15 shooting) in powering New Orleans’ offensive attack. Three other Hornets also reached double digits in point production, including Craig Brackins, but the 6-foot-10 rookie misfired often from long range. Brackins’ 10-point outing featured 3-for-14 shooting from the floor. He was 2-for-9 from beyond the three-point arc.