The Bobcats led by as many as 21 points and held a 17-point advantage at the half, but a third-quarter New Orleans surge and 24 bench points from Eric Gordon were enough for the Hornets to erase the deficit and hand Charlotte a 98-95 loss — its 18th straight defeat (see full recap).

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored a team-high 22 points on 11-for-14 shooting as the Bobcats hit on 49 percent of their attempts from the field, but it wasn't enough to lift the team to victory for the first time since Nov. 24.

In addition to Gordon, New Orleans was aided by Ryan Anderson's 19 points and eight rebounds off the bench. The Hornets' substitutes outscored their Bobcats counterparts, 64-27.

The teams now hold identical 7-23 records and are tied for the second-fewest number of wins in the NBA, ahead of only Washington — the last team the Bobcats defeated. Charlotte is now just five losses away from tying their franchise-long 23-game skid from a season ago.