New Orleans Hornets Show Fight in Close Loss to Lakers

By Connor Muldowney
Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Hornets are undoubtedly a young team on the rise. Last night, they faced an underachieving Los Angeles Lakers squad and came up a bit short.

The Hornets found themselves down 10 points going into the fourth quarter, but made a late surge, before coming up short in the final minutes.

Eric Gordon looked solid in yet another game since coming back from injury. The shooting guard scored 25 points, 18 of which came in the first half. Another solid performance came late in the game from Ryan Anderson. He scored 11 of his 16 points in the final quarter and made sure the Hornets were never out of it.

Anthony Davis had one of his better games as a rookie, scoring 18 points, but grabbed just three rebounds and had no blocks. His offense was there, but surprisingly, his defense was not.

Gordon, a veteran compared to most of his teammates, said there was a lot to take away from this win:

“We’re a young team that’s still building chemistry, and to come back like that is a really good confidence boost for the guys. We had a chance to win. We were getting a lot of stops and were scoring at will. It just boiled down to the final plays.”

The Hornets look to improve on their 15-30 record and there’s a good chance that they are on the right track. With this core of young players, there is no reason that they should not contend in the next couple of seasons and possibly bring a title to New Orleans that isn’t football-related.

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