The Hornets were pesky tonight, but couldn’t quite hand the Pelicans their third consecutive loss.
Offense wasn’t much of an issue for either side tonight. Charlotte got 27 combined first quarter points from Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and Nicolas Batum. The problem was all other Hornet players combined for five points in the opening quarter.
At the half, Charlotte found themselves on the wrong end of a 72-65 score. Walker had 20 at the break and Jeremy Lamb finally got into the action with 10 points in the second quarter. But the Pelicans were getting contributions from just about everyone that took the floor tonight: at the break, four players had scored double-digit points, led by Anthony Davis’ 21.
Charlotte was able to erase the halftime deficit thanks in large part to an 18-7 rebounding advantage, defense, not allowing New Orleans to get to the free throw line, and Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday combining for four points.
On several instances throughout the third, Charlotte would go on a run to either tie the game or be down a score, but New Orleans found ways to give Charlotte a stiff arm. The Hornets, finally, broke through and claimed their first lead of the game with 10:53 in the fourth quarter. Charlotte would lead by as many as six points before the Pelicans made their move and rallied past the Hornets. The dagger came courtesy of a pair of Jrue Holiday three pointers that took New Orleans from down a point, to up five with 2:39 to play.
The Hornets have dropped six of their last seven and now sit at 29-39 for the season. Charlotte gets Wednesday night before heading east to Atlanta for game two of this five game road-trip.