The New Orleans Hornets won their second consecutive game against a playoff contender thanks in part to Robin Lopez’s sixth career double-double.
Lopez recorded his fifth career double-double in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on St. Patrick’s Day. The 24-year old decided he would much rather win the next time he was skillful enough to record the accomplishment.
New Orleans defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 90-83 at home behind Lopez’s 23 points and 10 rebounds.
“Our big guys did a good job playing with a great amount of intensity and they were the difference in the game,” guard Greivis Vasquez told FoxNews.com. “When you have a guy like Robin Lopez, the way he played tonight, it’s huge. If he does that consistently, I think we can be a different team for sure.”
Anyone who has followed the Hornets this season knows that it is a rare occurrence to see Lopez put forth this kind of performance. Since recording his last double-double, he had two nights in a row in which he posted four points in over 20 minutes of playing time.
There is no question if he can do this against an outstanding defensive team like the Grizzlies, that he should be able to have a good statistical night against anyone. Not to mention, if Lopez and rookie Anthony Davis play well together, there is no reason why New Orleans should not be in the top 10 in the Western Conference standings.
Lopez is averaging 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 25.8 minutes per game while shooting 53.5 percent from the field this season.