With the All-Star break starting Thursday, New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams doesn’t want his players to downplay the importance of Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the New Orleans Arena.

The Hornets (18-34) have a chance to enter the break on a two-game winning streak after coming off their road trip winning two of three games, including Monday’s impressive 105-86 victory against the Detroit Pistons. Forward Ryan Anderson scored a game-high 31 points against the Pistons and center Robin Lopez had 23 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

After losing four straight, the Hornets have won three of four games going into Wednesday night.

`` It is such an important time for us to finish this game out the right way,’’ Williams said. ``It starts with having a good shootaround, having a good film session, getting your rest and getting ready for tonight.

``I don’t want to think about anything else but trying to keep these guys out of our paint, get back in transition. There are so many things we have to cover with this team.’’

The Trail Blazers (25-27) have lost four straight and eight of their previous nine on the road, including Tuesday night’s 117-104 loss to the Miami Heat despite 33 points from rookie point guard Damian Lillard.