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New Orleans Hornets Streaking when Greivis Vasquez’s Game Is Peaking

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Greivis Vasquez had the breakout game he’s been trying for quite some time. The guy can be a complete player. It’s totally up to himself if he wants to be.

The New Orleans Hornets will take it.

The Hornets, with a 111-100 NBA victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, had their fourth winning streak of the season. Considering three of those streaks have been just two games, it might not seem like a big deal.

But the struggling Hornets will take whatever streak they can get, especially when Vasquez plays virtually out of his mind. With 21 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, Vasquez had a triple-double for the first time in his career. He did a little bit of everything, including a trio of three-pointers in the critical second half.

Vasquez’s assists per game average, at 9.4, is very impressive and shows his true skills. But when the opportunity presents himself, Vasquez can be an excellent scorer. But, like most of the other Hornets, Vasquez has struggled with consistency. He’s had streaks of being in double figures, and streaks of being below.

Generally speaking, Vasquez is shooting better this season. His 44.3 percent from the floor and 36.2 percent clip from the 3-point line are higher than his career averages. He’s having his best scoring season. He also is far more aggressive in going after the ball with his best boards per game average of his career with 4.4 boards.

The most impressive part of Vasquez’s improvement continues to be his playmaking. He’s averaging four more assists per game than a year ago. That’s the main reason why he’s a better player, and is able to help the Hornets when they put together one of their rare two-game winning streaks.