For the second straight night against a Southeast Division opponent, the Hornets trailed by a significant deficit and generated a second-half rally, before losing by single digits. In a lengthy contest that was marked by a staggering number of fouls, New Orleans fell to 0-2 in preseason. In his unofficial NBA debut, Marcus Thornton provided a highlight for the Hornets by tallying 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting.
A few other developments worthy of note tonight:
A total of 77 personal fouls were whistled against the Bobcats and Hornets. That resulted in a game that took roughly 2 hours, 40 minutes to complete.
Darren Collisons preseason debut resulted in a 12-point, six-assist outing. He was only 4-for-13 shooting, but went 1-of-2 from the three-point stripe, an area hes been working on extensively this summer.
Byron Scott continued to select specific players to sit full games, in order to give others more minutes. Tonight, Peja Stojakovic, Devin Brown and Bobby Brown all netted DNPs, though none are injured. Emeka Okafor, Ike Diogu and Hilton Armstrong each missed their second straight game due to injuries. Scott said he expects Armstrong to practice Friday, while Okafor and Diogu may return "early next week."
Chris Paul said of the rookies' performance tonight, "Great job tonight. The biggest transition is not from high school to college; it's from college to the NBA. To see those guys play as hard as they did, to fight and do as well as they did, I'm happy for them."
Scott: "I liked the fact that the young guys kept their poise. I thought Darren and Marcus played pretty well for the first game. But we're still making a lot of mistakes on both ends of the floor."