COMMENTARY | After more than 10 years in the Big Easy, the New Orleans Hornets have had a number of blowout wins at home in the New Orleans Arena. Although not known as one of the NBA's biggest home court advantages, the New Orleans crowd can get loud and spur the Hornets on to large blowout victories. In fact, since relocating to New Orleans, the Hornets have had five blowout wins of at least 30 points at home.
5. 12/26/2003: Hornets defeat Atlanta Hawks: 109-79 (30 points)
In their first two seasons in New Orleans, the Hornets experienced moderate success, due in part to playing in the relatively weak Eastern Conference. One day after Christmas in 2003, they treated their home crowd to a blowout win over the Hawks. David Wesley was on fire with 32 points on 13-18 shooting.
4. 1/16/2008: Hornets defeat Seattle SuperSonics: 123-92 (31 points)
Before relocating to Oklahoma City, Seattle's NBA team suffered one last indignity as the SuperSonics. The 2007-08 Southwest Division champions posted 123 points in a home blowout win over Seattle. Rookie Kevin Durant's 20 points were not nearly enough as six Hornets scored in double-digits.
3. 2/18/2009: Hornets defeat Orlando Magic: 117-85 (32 points)
New Orleans followed its 56-26 season in 2007-08 with a 49-win effort. The Magic were 39-13 early in 2009 when they traveled to New Orleans. However, Chris Paul played out of his mind, scoring 36 points and tallying 10 assists. Dwight Howard was well below his season averages with only 12 points and eight rebounds.
2. 12/22/2007: Hornets defeat Minnesota Timberwolves: 110-76 (34 points)
The Hornets' home blowout win over the SuperSonics wasn't their largest margin of victory in the New Orleans Arena in 2007-08. New Orleans had an even bigger blowout win at home earlier that season against Minnesota. Chris Paul and David West's combined 41 points were too much for the post-Kevin Garnett, pre-Kevin Love Timberwolves.
1. 2/13/2013: Hornets defeat Portland Trail Blazers: 99-63 (36 points)
In a difficult 2012-13 season, New Orleans fans haven't had much to cheer about. But coming off a tough road loss to the Miami Heat, the Trail Blazers were just what New Orleans needed to go into the All-Star break on a winning note. The Hornets held Portland to 32.4 percent shooting in their biggest home blowout win since moving to 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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