For the better part of 43 minutes Wednesday night, the New Orleans Hornets and Phoenix Suns traded baskets, as well as taking turns on the long end of the scoreboard. Until just more than five minutes remained with the Hornets holding an 80-78 lead, coming out of a time out where moments before the Xs and Os of what would become a 13-2 New Orleans run were scribbled onto a dry erase clipboard.
Out of that break, Hornets forward Ryan Anderson freed himself for an open-look 3-pointer from the right corner baseline and less than 30 seconds later, center Robin Lopez was headed into the lane for a driving layup.
Those five quick points gave New Orleans an 85-78 lead, permanently shifting the momentum toward the Hornets, who went on to a 93-84 victory over the Suns in New Orleans Arena, snapping a four-game losing streak heading into a three-game road trip that commences Friday night in Atlanta.
"I think that was the moment we were really looking for," said Anderson, who finished with 14 points off the bench, including 3 for 6 from beyond the arc. "We needed a spark. We hadn't really had a big run during the game. We kind of huddled up before the fourth and we didn't want to let it go. There have been situations where we've had happen to us where we were close and let it go in one quarter. That was an opportunity we could take advantage of that.
"That little five-point swing right there . . . . and then we could just go. We drew up a great play and I got a great pass from Al-Farouq (Aminu) and knocked it down. Eric (Gordon) was the decoy in that play. He ran a hard, tough cut and distracted the defense. It really helped me get open."
Hornets find their moment, snap four-game losing streak by defeating Phoenix Suns, 93-84
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 7