COMMENTARY | Despite losing three games on their recently completed homestand, the New Orleans Hornets also won four contests, for the most wins on a homestand this season. The competition was stiff as six of the Hornets' seven opponents had winning records and were in playoff position. But just as they did last year at this time, the Hornets appear to be heating up as the season winds down.
Take a look back at the Hornets' best homestand of the season.
3/18/2013: Golden State Warriors defeat Hornets 93-72
The Hornets never match up well against the athletic Warriors and that was no different in the opening game of the homestand. New Orleans played surprisingly well defensively, but only shot 33.7 percent from the field. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 30 points while Ryan Anderson needed 19 shots to score 21 points for New Orleans.
3/20/2013: Hornets defeat Boston Celtics 87-86
New Orleans began a modest three-game winning streak in the second game of the homestand. Coach Monty Williams improved to 4-1 against the Celtics with an 87-86 upset win. Once again, Ryan Anderson led New Orleans with 21 points. Trailing by a point, Anthony Davis tipped in an errant Eric Gordon layup attempt for the win.
3/22/2013: Hornets defeat Memphis Grizzlies 90-83
New Orleans continued to play the role of spoiler on its homestand with an impressive seven-point win over the Grizzlies. The Hornets held on down the stretch after scoring 34 points in the second quarter. Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez both posted double-doubles as New Orleans dominated the Grizzlies on the boards 49-33.
3/25/2013: Hornets defeat Denver Nuggets 110-86
In the most memorable game of the homestand, New Orleans stunned the Nuggets, who arrived in the Big Easy sporting a franchise-record 15-game winning streak. What made the Hornets' win even more incredible was that New Orleans was missing Eric Gordon and Greivis Vasquez. Brian Roberts filled in with 18 assists in the upset win.
3/27/2013: Los Angeles Clippers defeat Hornets 105-91
While most fans were looking forward to the next game on the homestand, New Orleans had to contend with Chris Paul and the Clippers. Greivis Vasquez tried to play on his sprained ankle, but was physically in no condition to compete with Paul. Eric Gordon's 24 points were not enough as the Clippers pulled away late in the game.
3/29/2013: Miami Heat defeat Hornets 108-89
New Orleans had a rare sellout for this game on the homestand as fans were hoping to see the Heat defend their historic winning streak. However, the Heat's streak ended before the Hornets had a chance to stop it. LeBron James put on a show in the second quarter as New Orleans was no match for the reigning NBA champions.
3/31/2013: Hornets defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 112-92
After six games against tough competition, New Orleans appeared relieved at the end of the homestand to face an opponent on a similar level. Greivis Vasquez was at full strength for the first time in several games, scoring 25 points and notching nine assists. Despite scoring 31 points, Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers could not contend with New Orleans.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. Patrick has followed the Hornets since they moved to New Orleans and has covered the team since 2010. He was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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