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Campbell's bench role pays off for Hornets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Elden Campbell came off the bench for the New
Orleans Hornets, but played very much like the starter he was
before going out with a knee injury.

Campbell, in only his third game this season, scored 12 of this
13 points in the second half and eight points in the decisive third
quarter as the Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-94 on Wednesday
night.

"It was just good to see him up and active and having a good
game,'' Hornets coach Paul Silas said.

With Jamaal Magloire, who has been starting in Campbell's place,
scoring 12, the Hornets got 25 points from the center position.

"Whether (Campbell) starts or Magloire starts, we're very
strong off the bench as a result,'' Silas said.

Baron Davis had 16 points and 11 assists as the Hornets improved
to 9-0 at home after outscoring the Hawks 37-13 in the third
quarter.

David Wesley and Jamal Mashburn each added 16 as seven Hornets,
including all five starters, scored in double figures.

"It's nice that we have a lot of depth,'' said Mashburn, who
had been averaging 25 points at home coming in. "I don't have to
go out there and score 20-something points a night. I can have
off-nights, too.''

Jason Terry scored 17, including three 3-pointers and had nine
assists for the Hawks, who wilted in the second half and have given
up 100-plus points in five straight games, four of them losses.

Glenn Robinson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim each scored 15 for
Atlanta, while Dion Glover added 13 and Darvin Ham 12. Abdur-Rahim
was held to only two points in the second half, however.

Courtney Alexander added 14, including two 3-pointers, for New
Orleans, which shot 5-for-9 from 3-point range.

New Orleans outscored Atlanta 22-2 during one stretch in the
second half and led 94-72 after Alexander's jumper with 9:35 left.
The Hawks then went on an 18-6 run but could get no closer than 10
points.
"Other than the third quarter, I think we played a pretty good
game,'' Robinson said.

Wesley's first of two 3-pointers capped a 15-0 run that put New
Orleans up 65-55 midway through the third. The Hawks turned the
ball over six times during the spurt, which included two dunks and
a fast-break layup by Davis. Wesley also had a fast-break layup and
P.J Brown a dunk en route to his 11 points.

"A few turnovers and a few steals by the Hornets changed not
only the score but also the momentum,'' Atlanta coach Lon Kruger
said. "We played very well in the first half. Then one turnover
led to another before we got it stopped. It was a tough stretch.''

New Orleans also outrebounded Atlanta 11-5 for the third
quarter, a key turnaround from the first half.

Several Hornets said the change stemmed from little more than an
increase in effort after Silas berated them at halftime.

"There were things I really can't repeat,'' Silas said. "We
are going to have to get it done from the get-go, and not have to
turn it on in the third. I'm happy we can, but it's going to bite
us one of these times.''

The Hawks outrebounded New Orleans 21-9 in the first half to
take a 51-46 lead. The Hawks scored 16 points on possessions where
they had missed their initial shot. Robinson never missed in the
half, but took only three shots from the floor and two free throws
for eight points.

Magloire led the Hornets in the first half with 12 points on
strong moves to the basket and several jump hooks, but he picked up
his fourth foul midway through the third quarter and had to sit out
the rest of the period. He was replaced by Campbell.

Game notes
Campbell reached 10,001 points for his 12-year career on a
layup in the final minute. ... Terry has hit 17 straight free
throws. ... Theo Ratliff returned to Atlanta's starting lineup
after missing a game Tuesday with the flu. He shot only 1-for-5 for
two points and missed both free throws he took. ... Davis did not
go to the foul line once and has taken only five free throws in the
last seven games.

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