With guard Dan Dickau failing to score in double digits for the
first time in 22 games, Andersen had 12 points and 11 rebounds in a
reserve role to help New Orleans control the inside play in a 92-85
victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
"We should go on a nice little streak here," said the
flamboyant Andersen, who's known as "Birdman" and is a crowd
favorite. "We need to take a stand for ourselves ... everybody
going to the glass."
J.R. Smith and P.J. Brown each scored 14 points as New Orleans
snapped Utah's three-game winning streak. Jackson Vroman, so active
under the basket he seemed to be flailing around at times, scored a
career-high 12 points and had nine rebounds before fouling out late
in the fourth quarter. Lee Nailon also had 12 points for New
"They were tougher than we were," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.
"They just waxed us out on the floor. You have to give them credit
for being able to push us around. They went after loose balls a lot
harder than we did. And we did a poor job of trying to block them
out. They seemed to be a little hungrier."
Kirilenko had two late putbacks in an 11-3 run in the fourth
quarter that cut Utah's 13-point deficit to five with 2:27 left.
But Utah could get no closer, despite poor free-throw shooting
by the Hornets, who missed four late free throw tries to finish
24-for-37 from the foul line.
Utah, relying heavily on jump shots, was outscored 46-30 inside
and shot just 33.7 percent from the field, with several long-range
misses in the last two minutes. New Orleans shot 45.2 percent.
Rookies Vroman and Smith helped the Hornets stretch their lead
to 12 in the third quarter. Vroman scored on a strong inside move
and was fouled by Kirilenko. He later grabbed and errant floater by
Smith and dunked it in one motion.
Smith also made a tough driving floater as he fell over the
baseline, added a pair of free throws and scored on a driving
"They bring a lot of energy and we need that. We need guys who
can be up tempo and get the crowd into it -- get everybody
excited," Brown said. "Guys are making a conscious effort inside
to go in, jump and go for dunks or go for rebounds."
Casey Jacobsen's driving basket made it 68-56. Then early in the
fourth quarter, Jacobsen, who finished with 11 points, added a pair
of free throws to give New Orleans its largest lead at 76-62.
The Hornets led by 12 with 4:10 left, then Utah started its late
Dickau all but sealed the outcome with a runner with 19 seconds
remaining to make it 90-82.
New Orleans, which led 47-42 at the break, got points from 11
"We didn't play good defense and we let New Orleans take a lot
of layups," Kirilenko said. "They played like a real team. You
take a look at the stats. I don't think anybody scored over 15
points, six or seven guys in double figures. They really helped
each other and played the kind of basketball that ... you should
^Notes:@ The Hornets missed their last seven free throws of the
first half, finishing the half 7-for-14 from the foul line. ...
Kirilenko shot 9-for-10 from the line for the half. ... New Orleans
native and former LSU star Randy Livingston, who recently signed a
10-day contract with the Jazz, entered the game in the second
quarter. He had two points. ... Dickau finished with four points.
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