Here at At The Hive, I will begin to count down the top ten moments of the Hornets 2010/2011 season in descending order. It was a very tumultuous season (to put it lightly) and there were plenty of moments to choose from when I was able to look back at the schedule and relive some of the moments. There were some great games that got left out and, as always, I'm open to criticism of which moments I even decide to put into the countdown. For clarification purposes, I will be including occasions on and off the court in addition to actual games this season in this list, so it won't be exclusively a count-down of the greatest games. But without further adieu, let's get this list started shall we?
Coming in as the number ten greatest moment in the Hornets 2010/2011 season is The Hornets franchise record come from behind victory over the Sacramento Kings.
To give it some perspective, a lot was going wrong for the Hornets coming into this game. There were problems on the court with lineups and the team was struggling to close basketball games. They were 3-9 in their last 12 games and morale was low across the board for the team. When the Hornets welcomed the Sacramento Kings into New Orleans, the Kings were struggling themselves having entered the game with an overall 5-17 record in addition to having lost 10 of their last 11. It seemed the perfect opportunity for the Hornets to right the ship, so to speak, and get things back on track. But the game didn't start out that way. Tyreke Evans and Beno Udrih started out hot for Sacramento and the Hornets started out cold as a team and found themselves down 57-41 at halftime. Things only got worse as the deficit ballooned up to 23, 66-43, at the 8:58 mark of the third quarter when the Hornets finally turned things around.
Also around this time, there was a lot of debate over the playing time of Marcus Thornton. Due to the ineffectiveness of the entire team, Monty put Thornton in the game and he and Chris Paul led the Hornets back into the basketball game. After Thornton checked in, he hit two three pointers and two driving layups to the get the crowd and the team back into it with a 20-4 run. The Kings remained steadfast in holding on to the lead but Chris Paul and company tied it at 83 all on a Marco Belinelli free throw. The Kings would still take an 88-85 lead before Thornton would hit an off balance layup to ignite the crowd and Chris Paul would score the other four points in a 6-0 run to give the Hornets the lead for good. Thornton scored 17 of his 19 points in the 2nd half and Chris Paul added 22 points and 11 assists as the Hornets rallied from 23 points down to beat the Sacramento Kings 94-91.
In doing so, the Hornets set a new franchise record for biggest comeback in team history, eclipsing the previous mark of 20 set when the then Charlotte Hornets came back to beat the Golden State Warriors in 1991. Things didn't necessarily get better right away for New Orleans but this certainly kept it from getting worse. So coming in at number ten is the Marcus Thornton led rally by the Hornets from 23 down to defeat the Sacramento Kings.