Monday , Jan , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New Orleans Hornets Team Report – January 17

=== New Orleans Hornets Team Report – January 17 ===

(Sports Network) – The New Orleans Hornets visit the Philadelphia 76ers
on Monday afternoon at the Wachovia Center.

This is the first meeting of the season between the clubs. The Hornets are
scheduled to host the Sixers on January 28th at New Orleans Arena.

The Hornets have won three of five and four of the last seven meetings in this
series. The Hornets have won three of their last five at Philadelphia.

New Orleans fell to the Toronto Raptors, 102-99, on Sunday at Air Canada
Centre. Lee Nailon paced the Hornets with a career-high 32 points. Chris
Anderson added 17 off the bench, while J.R. Smith and Baron Davis each netted
15 for New Orleans, which has dropped two of three after a modest two-game
winning streak.

Davis, who left in the third quarter Sunday with an Achilles injury,
didn’t return, dished out a game-high 11 assists for the Hornets. He is
questionable for today’s game.

Trailing 93-83 with under six minutes left in the game, Toronto closed out the
contest on a 19-6 run to seal the win. Rafer Alston’s two free throw ended the
burst, making it 102-99 with 5.5 seconds remaining. New Orleans had one last
chance for the tie, but Dan Dickau’s wild three-point attempt was blocked by
Alston as time expired.

The Hornets are a dismal 2-19 as the visitor this season. New Orleans has lost
17 of its last 18 on the road.

Davis has scored in double-digits in nine straight games. He is averaging 19.6
points and 8.3 assists in that span. Davis has played in just 17 games this
season and has averaged 19.7 points and 7.3 assists.

Nailon is averaging 27.5 points and 7.5 boards in his last two contests. The
29-year-old forward has scored in double-digits in four straight games.

New Orleans has a tough week. After the game against Philadelphia, the Hornets
are scheduled to return home to host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. New
Orleans will then have two full days off before returning to the court on
Saturday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers. On Sunday, the Hornets will
be in Miami to face Shaquille O’Neal and the Heat.