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Hornets Lose to the Grizzlies

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New Orleans fought to stay competitive until late in the fourth quarter, buoyed by strong performances from Xavier Henry, starting in place of Al-Farouq Aminu, Brian Roberts, Austin Rivers, and Jason Smith.

In sum, the bench contributed 48 points on 40 shots, 16 rebounds, 12 assists, 6 blocks, 5 steals, and just 3 turnovers. On the defensive end, they held Memphis' second unit relatively quiet, with the exception of former Hornet Quincy Pondexter (16 points on 6 shots).

Aminu was dropped from the rotation entirely, with both Henry and Darius Miler contributed strong minutes in his absence. It remains to be seen whether that'll be a long-term decision, but for now, the wild minutes oscillations for players like Miller continue.

Nico will have the full recap later.

Final - 12.7.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis Grizzlies 22 29 20 25 96
New Orleans Hornets 17 22 27 23 89

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