Hornets crush Hawks to snap five-game slideJan 11, 2007 - 4:42 AM ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Jannero Pargo and Rasual Butler's sharpshooting gave the New Orleans a rare positive road experience.
Pargo scored 24 points, Butler added 21 and Devin Brown 16 as the Hornets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 96-77 triumph over the woeful Atlanta Hawks.
The Hornets ended a seven-game road drought dating to December 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers and raised their road record to 6-12 this season. They also won for just the fifth time in 23 contests.
"We felt this was a very, very important game for us," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "Our guys came out a little sluggish. But then we got into it a little bit and did some really good things tonight."
"It was very important for us to get a win, because we had a (five-game) losing streak," Butler said. "We haven't been really playing well on the road, so it's good for us to come out and get a win."
After Marvin Williams hit a jumper and rookie Shelden Williams dunked to bring Atlanta within 53-51 with 6:52 remaining in the third quarter, the Hornets closed the period with a 17-5 run.
Brown scored eight points, including a three-point play and a 3-pointer, and Tyson Chandler added a pair of baskets during the burst to widen the Hornets' lead to 70-56.
The Hornets continued to pull away in the first part of the fourth quarter with a 21-9 spurt. Pargo hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points and Butler added five as the Hornets extended the lead to 91-65.
"We've had great opportunities to win in the last four or five minutes of the game (recently) but we've made too many mistakes," Butler said. "And the other team has capitalized off of those mistakes every time. That lets us know we're playing good enough to win basketball games."
Pargo made 10-of-15 shots, Butler hit 8-of-15 and Chandler scored 14 points for the Hornets, who shot 52 percent (34-of-65) from the floor.
"Every game is a big game for us, because we need to stop the bleeding," Chandler said. "It's a huge game for us to get a win. In order for us to turn this thing into a positive, we need to start by getting some wins."
Josh Childress scored 19 points and Joe Johnson added 13 for the Hawks, who have dropped 10 of 11 and are averaging just 79.1 points in their last eight contests.
"I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for our team," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "We had no energy. Tonight, we just had no energy. I thought they set the tone from beginning to end."
"We just weren't able to sustain," Childress said. "Our energy wasn't there tonight. We let guys like Pargo (beat) us. The crowd started to boo us. It just wasn't a good night for us."
Entering 28th in points (92.9) and 27th in field goal shooting (43.4), Atlanta shot just 27.9 percent (12-of-43) and scored only 34 points in the second half.
"I don't know what it is," Childress said. "We always have spurts where we go cold and we can't make shots and our energy goes down the tubes."
NEW ORLEANS 96
ATLANTA 77 FINAL
Jan 10 9:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS 70
ATLANTA 56 END, 3RD QTR
Jan 10 8:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS 48
ATLANTA 43 HALFTIME
Jan 10 8:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS 23
ATLANTA 23 END, 1ST QTR
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