Wednesday , Mar , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans Hornets Team Report – March 31

=== New Orleans Hornets Team Report – March 31 ===

(Sports Network) – The Hornets’ road woes continued Tuesday night, as they
dropped a 107-88 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

Jamaal Magloire posted 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who have
dropped three straight and nine of their last 13 contests. With a Milwaukee
victory earlier on Tuesday, the Hornets fell into a fourth-place tie in the
Eastern Conference playoff race with the Bucks.

The Hornets, who started a five- game Western Conference road trip, have
dropped nine straight and 11 of their last 12 contests in foreign buildings.
For the year, New Orleans is 13-22 on the road.

Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn were once again out of the New Orleans’ lineup
due to injuries. It is unknown when the duo will return to the court.

LA took a 60-53 advantage into the intermission and then broke the game open
near the end of the third with eight unanswered points. Karl Malone capped off
the spurt with a pair from the stripe to push the LA margin to 84-64 with 55
seconds left in the third.

The Lakers led by as many as 22 in this one and New Orleans trailed by double-
digits the entire fourth quarter.

New Orleans actually won the first meeting with the Lakers this season,
114-95, along the Bayou on November 7. However, Los Angeles has won nine of 10
and 11 of 14 meetings between these clubs.

New Orleans will try to put aside their road struggles Wednesday night, when
it faces the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center.