Tuesday , Mar , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans Hornets Team Report – March 2

=== New Orleans Hornets Team Report – March 2 ===

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans Hornets overcame a 21-point before
finally succumbing to the Washington Wizards, 111-106, in overtime on Monday
at the MCI Center.

Baron Davis scored 31 of his 33 points after halftime to lead the Hornets’
comeback. He also had 11 assists and six steals as his club fell for the
second straight game and dropped their fourth in six tries.

Jamal Mashburn surpassed the 20-point mark for the eighth straight time,
scoring 28 for New Orleans, which also lost for the fourth time in a row on
the road.

After trailing by as many as 21, the Hornets entered the fourth quarter with a
14-point deficit. However, New Orleans applied pressure on the Washington
guards to start the final 12 minutes and used an 18-5 run that bridged the
third and fourth quarters to draw within 89-81.

After a Wizards hoop, Davis nailed a three that triggered a 9-0 spurt to pull
New Orleans within one, 91-90, with 4:24 left in the regulation. Jamaal
Magloire’s dunk a minute later gave New Orleans its first lead since the
second quarter at 94-93.

Then, with the game knotted at 96-96 with under a minute to play, neither team
could connect on the winning basket and the contest went to overtime. Davis
had the best shot to win the game for New Orleans, but his three-point attempt
as time ran out hit off the back rim.

With just seconds left in the extra session and trailing by three, 109-106,
Davis had a chance to tie the game for the Hornets, but he decided to drive
for a layup with the hopes of drawing a foul. He missed the layup and didn’t
get a foul called.

New Orleans will return to action on Wednesday when they start a brief two-
game homestand against the Chicago Bulls. The Hornets have dropped two of
three to the Bulls this season , but they have won four of six and eight of
the last 11 meetings.

The Hornets, who are 12-2 in games played on Wednesdays this season, have won
five straight after losing its last three at home.