Midway through the second quarter of Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks, the New Orleans Hornets found themselves down 14 points after a 10-0 Hawks run. Easily, it could have slipped away.

But the Hornets stuck around and closed out the half on a 19-5 run of their own, cutting Atlanta's halftime advantage to just five points and heading into the locker room feeling rather good about themselves.

"I thought we had a tough first quarter, then our guys had the fortitude to regroup," Hornets Coach Monty Williams said. "There was a lot of yelling and screaming during that timeout at the change between the first and second quarter. We made some adjustments and they rallied. Tonight, that was the first time I heard our guys yelling and screaming after a win, the way they were tonight.
Led by point guard Greivis Vasquez's first career triple-double and a game-high 27 points from shooting guard Eric Gordon, the Hornets won their second straight game, topping the Hawks, 111-100.

After a first half in which the Hornets turned the ball over 11 times, New Orleans played error-free basketball in the third quarter, outscoring the Hawks, 29-16, closing the quarter on a 23-5 run to lead, 79-71, at the end of three.

New Orleans outscored Atlanta in the third, 29-16.