New Orleans Hornets Tied Atop Southwest After Split Series With Dallas Mavericks

November 18th, 2010 by Taylor Williams Leave a reply »
After a two-game split with the Dallas Mavericks, the New Orleans Hornets sit with the San Antonio Spurs atop the Southwest Division.  The Hornets (9-1) appeared on the fast track to 9-0 on Monday night in Dallas, but softened perimeter defense late in the game gave the Mavericks (7-3) a 98-95 victory.

The loss was New Orleans’s first of the season, ending the streak of perfection as hoops cynics undoubtedly hoped it would.  An 8-0 start under a new general manager and head coach still doesn’t mean a whole lot in this league, and while this historic beginning has probably boosted the perception of New Orleans to playoff contender, it hasn’t solidified it as championship-caliber. 

The first loss of the 2010-2011 season temporarily killed the Bees buzz, which followed them back to the Hive on Wednesday.  The Hornets came out flatter than pita bread in game two,  scoring just five points on 2-of-10 shooting in the first six minutes.  Meanwhile Dallas sank its first five three-pointers, set a fast tempo and carried the momentum through the first 30 minutes for a 52-42 halftime lead.

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