Tom Gugliotta and Tony Delk each had 18 points for Atlanta, which also lost 13 straight from Feb. 10 through March 9. The Hawks have lost 26 of their last 27 games, with the only victory coming at Toronto on March 11.
New Orleans outscored the Hawks 46-36 in the paint, exposing a season-long problem for Atlanta, but the Hawks still had a chance in the final minutes.
Delk’s 3-pointer pulled Atlanta within 90-86 with 2 minutes left, but Brown scored after an offensive rebound and Andersen added another putback basket to push the lead back to eight points.
The Hawks were without forward Al Harrington, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, who was held out with tendinitis in his right knee. Making only his second start of the season, Gugliotta filled in with 12 rebounds, but couldn’t offset the Hornets’ advantage inside.
The Hawks have the worst home and road records in the league, but New Orleans—the Western Conference’s worst team—brought in the league’s second-worst road record (6-30).
Looking for their first home victory since Feb. 7, the Hawks led 22-16 after the first period but couldn’t hold on. New Orleans came back to tie it at 38 at the break.
A basket by former Hawk Dan Dickau gave the Hornets a 67-66 lead entering the final period, and Andersen scored the first five points of the fourth as the Hornets continued to pound the ball inside.
The loss moved Atlanta within three games of the franchise’s longest losing streak—16 straight during the 1975-76 season. … Dickau led the Hornets with eight assists.