Hornets (14-7), Pistons (7-16)
It was over when
Detroit removed its starters with just over three minutes remaining and New Orleans in front 89-66. The Hornets used a 16-9 spurt to start the fourth quarter to get back on the winning track after a two-game losing skid. New Orleans also improved to 9-2 at home this season.
Hornets MVP: Marco Belinelli helped stake the Hornets into a first-half lead they wouldnt relinquish, tallying 13 of his 22 points prior to intermission. The 22 points, highlighted by 4-for-7 three-point shooting, was a Hornets-best for the native of Italy. His career-high is 27 points.
Monty Williams said before the game that one of the differences between Belinellis experience in New Orleans and the ones he's had with previous teams Golden State and Toronto is that the Hornets wont bench him if he has a couple poor games. Belinelli had been in an offensive slump lately, shooting just 29.4 percent over the previous five games.
Thats very important, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard said of the confidence Williams has shown in him. Because in Golden State and Toronto, Id play like five minutes, and if I didnt score, they took me out. This is very different. This team trusts me and they give me confidence. Im so happy to be here.
Hornets Sixth Man of the Game: Competing against his hometown team, Detroit native Willie Green finished with nine points and three rebounds over 18 minutes of action. Its always fun to play against the team thats from your city, Green said after the win. I grew up watching the Pistons. I know a lot of family is watching me when I play against them. So you want to go out and just try to play well.
The buzz on
the impact that the uncertain ownership situation will have on Hornets players. David West spoke eloquently about the current situation in the locker room after the game, saying that he and his teammates will try to focus on what they can control.
Asked by a reporter if he would personally urge fans to come to home games in larger numbers, West responded, Im not one to tell anyone how to spend their money, or how to prioritize (financial decisions). Thats not my M.O.
This is a sports area, in general. People in this area love sports. For those that come out (to games) and support us, we appreciate it, and all the time (they spend). Weve got the citys support. We know that. We do a lot of (community events), and people in this area tell us they love what were doing and they support us. But you cant make people do what they dont want to do.
We understand that there is a whole lot going on in the business side of things, but we cant let that affect us on a night in and night out basis. We have to come out and win games. Thats whats going to resolve a lot of these issues.
Blog question of the night: Over the past three days, at least 90 percent of the headlines regarding the Hornets have centered on the NBAs unprecedented purchase of the franchise. The NBA has vowed to do everything in its power to keep the team in New Orleans, where the Hornets initially moved in 2002. From your perspective, what is the most positive aspect of the Hornets being located in the Crescent City?