NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Hornets managed to fix most
of the problems from their three-game losing streak with just one
"The way were shooting the ball the last few games, we were
more concentrated on getting it inside," Magloire said. "We stuck
to the game plan and as a result we were able to get some good
looks and open things up."
The Hornets also outrebounded Memphis 48-36, with 18 offensive
rebounds leading to 16 second-chance points.
"Their overall dominance on the boards was major," Memphis
coach Hubie Brown said. "I know they haven't been shooting well,
but I thought they made big shots."
David Wesley, coming off his worst game of the season in New
Orleans' loss Thursday night to Sacramento, started strong as the
Hornets built an early lead. He finished with 16 points.
The strong all-around performance gave coach Tim Floyd his 18th
victory with the Hornets (18-10). Floyd, who coached a rebuilding
Chicago Bulls team for three-plus seasons after Phil Jackson,
Michael Jordan, and other top players left, never had more than 17
victories in a season there.
Bonzi Wells came off the bench to lead Memphis with 18 points,
including a 3-pointer and a finger roll that helped Memphis get as
close as 76-72 early in the final period. But New Orleans responded
with a 14-4 run.
Memphis got within four at 90-86 in the final two minutes after
an 8-0 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Earl Watson and
Shane Battier. But Watson missed a 3 that would have cut the
deficit to one, and the Hornets made late foul shots seal the
The Hornets scored 24 points from the foul line, a sharp
increase over their last game, when they took only 15 foul shots
and hit nine.
"The free throw stat was a big stat," Floyd said. "It's an
amazing thing -- when you get it inside you get fouled a little
Memphis played its best with reserves on the floor as its subs
outscored New Orleans' reserves 50-17.
Stromile Swift had 12 points and 11 rebounds in a reserve role,
recording his sixth straight double-double for Memphis, while Jason
Williams scored 11 coming off the bench. Pau Gasol led the
Grizzlies' starters with 12 points.
"This is a team that has two teams. If our first unit is down
we've got to come pick them up and vice versa," Wells said.
"Today it didn't work out for us. Hopefully, throughout the year,
Trailing by 10 midway through the third quarter, a mostly
reserve unit for Memphis used a strong defensive stand to cut the
score to 67-66 early in the fourth quarter, holding the Hornets to
four points on 11 possessions.
Wells' 3 made it 65-60. And with the Hornets over the limit in
team fouls, Memphis got its final five points of the third period
at the foul line and could have taken the lead had Gasol not missed
a pair and Battier one.
Swift then made only one of two free throws early in the fourth
quarter as the Hornets held the lead. New Orleans scored the next
seven points, including a 3-pointer by Darrell Armstrong and a
fadeaway by Davis after he was shut off on a drive.
Shortly after, Davis set up two Magloire dunks, hit a pair of
jumpers, then used a baseline drive to set up George Lynch for a
wide-open 3, putting New Orleans up 88-74 with 4:37 left. Lynch
also had 10 rebounds.
Wesley, coming off a 5-of-18 shooting night, needed little time
to break out of the slump. He hit five of his first six shots in
the first nine minutes to help the Hornets take 23-11 lead. New
Orleans led 52-41 at halftime after Davis hit a 3-pointer from
nearly 4 feet behind the arc.
Memphis starter Lorenzen Wright, still in pain from a lower
right leg injury from the previous night's victory over Miami, sat
out the second half. "He'll be out for a while ... We'll see
tomorrow when the doctors talk to him," Hubie Brown said. ...
Hornets reserve forward David West was out with an upper
respiratory infection. ... Memphis (15-11) failed to go six games
over .500 for the first time in franchise history.