Hornets 99, Mavericks 96: "Assassin"

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Behind Greivis and Gordon, the Hornets knocked off Dallas in overtime.

Buoyed by an outstanding performance from Greivis Vasquez, the Hornets held on long enough for Eric Gordon to win the game in the end. And while the Mavericks haven't exactly been a great team in 2013, it was a fun win nonetheless.

- Gordon's gamewinner stands out obviously, but the Hornets couldn't have gotten there without Vasquez's 25 point, 9 assist, 7 rebound, 1 turnover effort. The fact that the Hornets went to Vasquez at the end of regulation is probably defensible via his play to that point though either the playcall or its execution were horribly botched.

- Al-Farouq Aminu! The Hornets posted one of their strongest defensive rebounding games of the season (87% defensive rebound rate), and uncoincidentally, Aminu finished with 11 defensive and 2 offensive rebounds, leading the team in both categories. 3 steals, 3 assists, a block, and 10 points on 6 shots too? Why was this guy on the bench for two weeks exactly?

- Oh, Lance Thomas kept up his customary 2 point effort too, with 2 points and 0 rebounds (0 of any other stat in fact) in 14 minutes.

- Gordon's ability to get to the rim remains absolutely superlative, but his shot selection was questionable at times. New Orleans used him in a point guard role far less frequently than it did in his debut, but the potential's clearly there still. At this point, I'm less concerned about Gordon's statistical lines than about how he looks physically on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and thus far, it's looking good. The Hornets don't play another back-to-back until the 16th of this month.

- Anthony Davis was conspicuous by his absence in the second half, especially with Ryan Anderson defending Dirk Nowitzki in isolation with the game on the line. It's been a rough stretch for Davis, marked especially by offensive passivity. Hopefully that's the last 12 minute night we see from him.

- Your thoughts?


Final - 1.5.2013 1 2 3 4 OT 1 Total
New Orleans Hornets 25 15 23 26 10 99
Dallas Mavericks 23 24 20 22 7 96

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