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Kaman leads Hornets over Cavs

Feb 23, 2012 - 6:24 AM Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Chris Kaman had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Hornets defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 89-84, on Wednesday.

Marco Belinelli scored 19 points, Jarrett Jack netted 16 off the bench and Gustavo Ayon added 17 rebounds to go with nine points for the Hornets, who have won four of their last six games.

Antawn Jamison finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which shot just 31.8 percent from the floor. The Cavs had their two-game winning streak snapped.

"Bottom line is we just couldn't throw it in the ocean," said Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott. "We had great shots and we have a bunch of guys in that room that can make shots. Tonight just wasn't one of those nights."

An 11-2 run to start the fourth pulled the Cavs within 71-70 with 8:34 to play. Ramon Sessions had five points and Alonzo Gee hit a key trey during the stretch.

It remained tight until Kaman's layup and Belinelli's backbreaking trey gave the Hornets an 81-74 advantage with 1:04 remaining.

Daniel Gibson was fouled on a three-pointer and pulled the Cavs within four, 83-79, after knocking down all three free throws with 26 seconds to play. But that's as close as Cleveland got down the stretch.

Jack, Belinelli and Greivis Vasquez each hit a pair of foul shots in the final 26 seconds to secure the win for New Orleans.

"We might have a losing record, but there's not going to be one night that we're not going to come out here on any court and (not) play hard," said Vasquez about his team's effort. "We play hard. We outplayed them because we were ready to play and that's the attitude (we had)."

Kaman netted nine points and Belinelli added eight as the Hornets led, 29-20, after one. New Orleans shot 48.1 percent in the opening stanza.

The Hornets took a 50-43 halftime advantage as Kaman poured in 15 points to pace Cleveland.

The Cavs shot a minuscule 26.7 percent in the third as New Orleans led, 69-59, after three.

Game Notes

Cleveland was 6-of-27 from beyond the arc while New Orleans finished 2-of-10 from three-point range...The Hornets outrebounded the Cavs 56-48...Kyrie Irving scored just six points on 2-of-13 shooting for Cleveland, but did dish out 11 assists.