Improving Hornets throttle Trail BlazersFeb 14, 2013 - 4:13 AM
Ryan Anderson added 14 points and seven rebounds and Jason Smith dropped in 13 points for the Hornets, winners in four of their last five tilts.
Greivis Vasquez added 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds in the win.
Damian Lillard scored 12 points, Victor Claver chipped in 11 and J.J. Hickson scored 10 for the Trail Blazers, who have dropped five straight.
"It is embarrassing, one of the most embarrassing nights of the year. When we get back next Monday we'll need to get ready for Phoenix," said Blazers forward Nicolas Batum. "We need a good break and to get some rest and then get back and have a good game against Phoenix."
Portland's Wesley Matthews left early in the first quarter after injuring his left ankle. Matthews hurt himself after colliding with the Hornets' Austin Rivers, landing awkwardly on his left leg before being helped off the court.
The Hornets outscored the Blazers, 19-14, in the first quarter and led by a 38-26 count at the break. New Orleans shot just 37.2 percent (16-for-43) over the first 24 minutes but smothered Portland defensively, forcing 11 turnovers and holding the Blazers to just 30.6 percent (11-for-36) from the field.
Vasquez and Davis led a balanced New Orleans scoring attack with seven points apiece, while Al-Farouq Aminu and Smith each scored six.
The Hornets used a 15-7 run early in the third period to increase its margin, and the lead grew to 25 before New Orleans took a 67-44 advantage into the final quarter.
Portland never got closer than 20 points down the rest of the way.
"We just tried to stay aggressive, we started off in the first half and played good defense and just tried to carry that over to the second half," Davis said. "We just got after it tonight and stuck with the game plan. We kept talking, and when we do that it's hard to beat us."
New Orleans guard Eric Gordon missed his second straight game because of a sprained right hand ... The Hornets scored 20 points off of 18 Trail Blazers' turnovers ... Portland went 13-for-13 from the free throw line ... Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-low six points on 2-of-11 shooting. It was just the second time this season he failed to reach double figures.
- PORTLAND: 63
NEW ORLEANS: 99
Feb 13 10:13 PM
- PORTLAND: 44
NEW ORLEANS: 67
End of 3rd
Feb 13 9:42 PM
- PORTLAND: 26
NEW ORLEANS: 38
Feb 13 9:04 PM
- PORTLAND: 14
NEW ORLEANS: 19
End of 1st
Feb 13 8:36 PM
- PORTLAND: 2
NEW ORLEANS: 0
1st Quarter - 11:35
Feb 13 8:15 PM
- Klay Thompson has carried Warriors this postseason May 19
- Blazers coach Terry Stotts agrees to 3-year extension May 16
- Defending champion Warriors expect tough task from Thunder May 16
- Clarification: Stars fuel hope for mid-major prospects May 13
- Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers look to bright future May 12
- How many times has your team changed coaches in the Pop era? May 12
- MVP Curry and his Warriors teammates move closer to goal May 12
- Splash Brothers Curry, Thompson send Warriors to West finals May 12
- Trail Blazers-Warriors Preview May 11
- Warriors look to clinch, Heat-Raptors face pivotal Game 5 May 11
- Warriors look to clinch, Heat-Raptors face pivotal Game 5 May 10
- NBA Playoff Capsules May 10