Thursday, December 16, 2004

Dickau Dials Up a Hornets Win

Dan Dickau gave the New Orleans Hornets the lead after three quarters and made sure it stood up in the final 12 minutes.

Dickau ended the third quarter with a rare four-point play and added 12 of his career-high 23 points in the fourth period to lead the Hornets to their first home win of the season, a 98-89 triumph over the Golden State Warriors.

With New Orleans trailing 66-62 late in the third, Dickau began an 8-0 run by hitting a short jumper with 27 seconds remaining before banking in a 3-pointer from 32 feet as he was fouled by Speedy Claxton with four-tenths of a second to go. Dickau sank the ensuing free throw to give the Hornets a 68-66 edge.

"You see something like that and I was kind of feeling like it was going to be our night," Hornets guard Junior Harrington said. "That was a big shot by him. It changed the momentum of the game. It got the crowd into the game and gave the players a little bit of a boost."

After scoring 11 points in the first 36 minutes, Dickau took control in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 to eclipse his career high of 18 set on Dec. 10 against New Jersey.

The point guard once was a member of the Warriors but never played for them. He was traded to Dallas this summer in the Erick Dampier deal before New Orleans acquired him on Dec. 3 for Darrell Armstrong.

"He's been a great, pleasant surprise," Hornets coach Byron Scott said of Dickau, who is averaging 12.9 points in seven games with New Orleans after scoring five points in just 16 minutes with Dallas. "He's played extremely well. He came into my office and said nobody's given him a chance. I told him I was going to give him a chance. He hasn't disappointed me."

David Wesley scored 18 points, Harrington added 15 and P.J. Brown had 11 and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who ended an 11-game losing streak -- one shy of the franchise record -- and improved to 1-9 at New Orleans Arena, becoming the last team to win at home this season.

"You look at every guy in this (locker) room and they play basketball because they love to play and because they want to win," Dickau said. "Each guy in this locker room wouldn't be here if they didn't have those qualities. To get that losing streak off our backs and to move forward and get going from here, it's definitely a good feeling."

The Hornets (2-19) rebounded from two overtime road losses in the previous five nights, including a 94-93 decision against the expansion Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday.

"New Orleans had a lot of energy; we didn't match it," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "The Hornets had a sense of urgency. We didn't have it, and it showed. In every statistical category, they beat us. We didn't do much to hang our hat on."

Troy Murphy had 25 points and 12 rebounds and Claxton added 21 and a season-high 12 assists for the Warriors, who have dropped eight straight road games against the Hornets franchise, including three at New Orleans.

"We didn't show up," said Murphy, who helped the Warriors end a 12-game Dallas road skid on Tuesday. "We came out a little lackadaisical and took them for granted a little bit. We're never going to be good until we kick the inconsistency. This was a game we were supposed to win."

Claxton and Mickael Pietrus scored six points apiece during an 18-4 second-quarter run that gave the Warriors their biggest lead, 36-30. Golden State led 44-42 at the break.

But in the second half, the Hornets -- who entered the game last in the league in shooting -- shot 50 percent, outrebounded the Warriors 27-11 and matched their largest point total in regulation this season.

"We've been in games. We've had our opportunities," Wesley said. "We've found every different way to lose those games. It's nice to hold on to a lead, keep one down the stretch and win."

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Sacramento vs. New Orleans


The Sacramento Kings aim for a ninth victory in 10 games when they visit the lowly New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday.

The Kings bounced back from a home loss to Minnesota on Sunday with a 98-93 triumph at Memphis on Tuesday.

Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points to pace Sacramento, which held just a 94-93 lead when Mike Bibby slapped the ball off Mike Miller's leg out of bounds as the Memphis forward was driving for a go-ahead layup with 59 seconds left. Bibby - who scored just seven points - then nailed a jumper 16 seconds later and Chris Webber iced the game with a basket with eight seconds left.

Webber collected 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for Sacramento, which made half of its 78 shots.

The Hornets are a league-worst 1-12 and have lost four straight games.

On Monday, New Orleans lost at Denver, 76-67, in its second game since losing All-Star center Jamaal Magloire to a dislocated finger. He may be out three months.

Lee Nailon scored 16 points to lead the Hornets, who shot just 4-of-17 in the fourth quarter.

New Orleans, which is 0-6 at home, was swept by the Kings last season.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Spurs Give Hornets the Boot


SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 29 (Ticker) -- Tony Parker is out to show he is more valuable to the San Antonio Spurs than team officials think.

Parker scored eight of his 16 points in the third quarter as the Spurs broke open the game and went on to a 102-86 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in the preseason finale for both teams.

Parker, who will be paid $1.5 million this season, broke off contract extension talks Wednesday after Spurs management declined to increase their offer of six years at $64 million. If no extension agreement is reached by Sunday, Parker can become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

San Antonio turned a 44-40 halftime lead into an 80-64 advantage after three quarters. Parker and Tim Duncan combined for 19 of the Spurs' points in the third. Duncan finished with 17.

Brent Barrycame off the bench to add 14 points, including consecutive 3-pointers late in the third quarter. Tony Massenburg chipped in with 12 for San Antonio (4-3), which won its fourth straight.

Baron Davis had 21 points and Chris Andersen added 13 and nine boards as the Hornets fell to 3-5.

New Orleans, which moves to the Western Conference this season, opens the regular season Wednesday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. San Antonio hosts the Sacramento Kings on the same night.

Monday, September 13, 2004

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