Hornets.com postgame: Hornets 95, Heat 91

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

With a road-heavy schedule coming up in January, the Hornets absolutely must continue their winning ways at home if they hope to finally reach what’s been a very elusive .500 mark. Despite a valiant comeback attempt by the Heat, the Hornets held on for another win in the Hive.

New Orleans led 73-59 entering the final period, but Miami rallied back to grab an 88-87 edge with 59 seconds remaining. From there, David West scored six straight points to enable the Hornets to improve to an excellent 12-3 record at home. New Orleans (14-16 overall) is just 2-13 on the road, however, and will have 11 of its 17 games in January away from the Big Easy. The Hornets have had three chances since Dec. 11 to climb back to .500, but lost each time, to New York, Toronto and Chicago.

“I think the majority of teams in the NBA have a difference between their home record and road record,” Hornets coach Jeff Bower said. “Ours is extreme. It’s something where when we get it solved and in balance, you’ll see a real benefit from that… but tonight I’d like to focus on the success we’ve had at home. That’s a great thing, to have a homecourt (advantage) like this and demonstrate success on it.”

"We're trying to do whatever we can to try to play this way in our road games," said Devin Brown, solid again with 16 points. "Next month we have a lot of home games. So we're going to have to get better at it."

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