Despite their awful record, the Hornets are starting to play better under first-year coach Byron Scott.
New Orleans fell 95-91 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday for its second straight loss following a season-best stretch of three wins in four games. But on Wednesday, the Hornets defeated the Indiana Pacers 90-87.
Two games after reaching a career high with 32 points, Lee Nailon came back with 30 points and 10 rebounds against Indiana, and says the team is getting a better grasp of what Scott wants from them.
“A lot of guys are starting to feel comfortable with the offense, and on the defensive end as well,” said Nailon, who is averaging 16.2 points. “Coach Scott is starting to tell us what he wants out of us and guys are starting to listen to him and trust each other.”
“He knows how to get the ball. He knows where to get it,” Scott said. “He has an uncanny ability of knocking down shots when you really need it.”
Davis missed his second straight game Wednesday with a bruised right ankle, an injury that occurred in the Hornets’ loss at Toronto on Sunday. Davis, whose status for this game is uncertain, has missed 21 games this season due to injury.
Los Angeles’ losing streak reached four games on Thursday with a 99-77 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers lost a season-high five in a row from Dec. 11-19.
There were 12 lead changes in the game Thursday until the score got lopsided when the Clippers had an 8-minute stretch in the fourth quarter without a field goal.
Los Angeles, which has lost four in a row on the road, is three games under .500 for the first time this season.
“They played good defense and we may have run out of gas late,” said Clippers forward Elton Brand, who had 24 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double. “Very discouraging not to come out with this one.”