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Ankle Surgery Mends Pelicans' Eric Gordon

Our NBA team is hoping the injury problems of the Hornets' Eric Gordon won't be as much trouble for the Pelicans' Eric Gordon. The shooting guard took a step in that direction yesterday, undergoing surgery on his left ankle.

Hornets Era Ends With 99-87 Loss To Mavs

by Norris Ortolano

Branded the New Orleans Hornets for one final game, the team had a chance to make a statement leading into the era of the Pelicans. They didn’t. Instead, the Hornets ended their season with a record of 27 - 55, fifth worst in the league. With a team already loaded with youth, hopefully this record will be viewed in a positive light come draft time when the Pelicans draft the next game-changer who will lead us to a playoff birth in 2014.  

New Orleans Listless in Last Home Game as Hornets

In New Orleans’ 2012-13 home finale — and last appearance ever at the Arena as “Hornets” — our boys appropriately served as spectators, as the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 107-89 victory. The highlight of the season’s final home game was Dirk Nowitzki, as he became only the 17th player to reach 25,000 career points. The loss dropped New Orleans to 27-54, making it all the more likely New Orleans will hold the league’s fifth-worst record — good for the fifth-best position in the draft lottery.

Hornets Nearly Upset Clippers

The Hornets showed a valiant effort in the absence of Anthony Davis and Greivis Vasquez, holding the Los Angeles Clippers — currently enmeshed in an intense battle for playoff seeding — to 45 percent shooting, while outrebouding them 48-41. Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes’ gritty play prevailed, however, helping to push the Clippers to a 96-93 victory. New Orleans now holds the league’s fifth-worst record, all the better to draft with.

Kobe Bryant Wills Lakers Past Hornets, 104-96

It’s a familiar scene by now: The Hornets hang tight with a playoff team through three quarters, only to fall apart in the fourth. While the Hornets held their own on the offensive end, they were completely unable to stop Kobe Bryant & company from getting to the line down the stretch. The Lakers ultimately outpaced us 104-96, dropping us to 27-51 for the season, currently the sixth-worst in the league.

Hornets Flat in Loss to Warriors

The Hornets appeared complacent in their now-routine errors on Wednesday night, dropping an away game to the always-fun Golden State Warriors. The final score was 98-88, a fairly predictable result against a focused Warriors squad competing for playoff position. New Orleans fell to 26-49 with the loss, still locked in with the league’s other bottom-feeders in a race-to-the-bottom for draft position.

Heat Singe Hornets, 108-89

by Ryan Ray

After dropping their first game in 28 appearances to the Chicago Bulls earlier this week, the Miami Heat came to New Orleans Arena Friday looking to get back to their winning ways. The Hornets didn't do much to stand in the way of King James and company, as the Heat dropped the Hornets, 108-89. The loss moves the Bees to 25-48 on the season.

Hornets Crash Back to Earth With Loss to Clippers

The Hornets held tight through three quarters Wednesday night, before letting Chris Paul and the Clippers pull away in the final frame. Careless execution and rookie mistakes were our undoing, as a fatigued Clippers team held the Bees to 14 points in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles’ 105-91 win ends New Orleans’ three-game winning streak against playoff teams and drops us to 25-47, as we remain in a dead heat for lottery position with eight other teams.

Hornets Hold off Grizzlies in 4th, 90-83

by Norris Ortolano

In what will hopefully be a sign of things to come, the New Orleans Hornets frontcourt took over Friday night, lifting the Bees to their second consecutive victory over a playoff-likely team in the Memphis Grizzlies. While not as dramatic as the last second tip-in versus the Boston Celtics earlier in the week, the 90-83 final spotlighted serious strengths of the future Pelican players. The win gives them a record of 24-46, good for sixth-worst in the NBA.

Hornets Best Celtics on Davis Tip-In

A brilliant last second tip-in by Anthony Davis propelled the Hornets past the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. An 87-86 win against a playoff team is the last thing New Orleans needs in their current race-to-the-bottom, but a win is what they got — and damn, did it feel good. The Bees showed some encouraging cohesion on both ends of the floor tonight as they improved their record to 23-46.

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