Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/1/13
NEW ORLEANS -- Josh Smith scored 23 points and Al Horford added 20 points and the Atlanta Hawks broke open a two-point game with a late 11-4 run to defeat the New Orleans Hornets 95-86 Tuesday night at the New Orleans Arena. Smith showed no signs a strained hip flexor as he dominated the Hornets' big men, scoring inside and out, and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. The Hawks led 84-82 with 4:14 left, but Kyle Korver started the surge with a 3-pointer from the right baseline, and Smith added an alley-oop dunk on the Hawks' next possession. Horford then hit an inside basket and a dunk on consecutive possessions as the Hawks (20-10) pulled away for the victory. The Hornets (7-24) got 23 points from Ryan Anderson, but they lost their seventh consecutive home game. Eric Gordon came off the bench in his second game of the season. He scored 11 points, but he struggled with his shooting, going just 5-of-17 from the floor. New Orleans trailed by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter, but Anderson hit a pair of 3-pointers and a short jumper in the lane to pull the Hornets within 81-79 with 6:15 left. Atlanta answered with three consecutive jumpers -- two by Al Horford and a3-pointer by Anthony Tolliver. The Hornets led 53-44 early in the third quarter, but the Hawks went on a 15-2 run to take a 59-55 lead. Smith was the catalyst, with a pair of mid-range jumpers, and the Hawks turned two steals into easy baskets at the other end. The Hornets regained the lead, 62-61, on Anthony Davis tip-in of Gordon's missed layup, but Atlanta, shooting 63 percent in the third quarter, closed on an 11-2 run to take a 72-64 lead into the fourth quarter. Reserve center Zaza Pachulia had two free throws and a rebound follow in the lane to key the spurt. As he did in his season debut last Saturday, Gordon had an immediate impact off the bench. The shooting guard entered the game with 5:40 left in the first quarter and scored seven points and two assists in 12 minutes, helping the Hornets build a 50-44 halftime lead. Gordon's shooting and driving ability opened up the perimeter game for New Orleans. The Hornets made 7-of-11 3-point attempts in the first half, with Anderson nailing 3-of-6 on his way to 13 first-half points. Greivis Vasquez continued his solid all-around play with seven points, seven assists and five rebounds in the first half. Josh Smith kept the Hawks close with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four blocks in the first two quarters, and Al Horford added eight points. NOTES: Hornets coach Monty Williams said he wants Vasquez to keep his Player of the Week honors for the Western Conference in perspective. Vasquez averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. "You try to treat it like a win," Williams said. "You enjoy it for a few hours and then you've got to move on."... Williams said he would try not to repeat a mistake he made last season when he played Gordon too many minutes after Gordon suffered some soreness in his right knee. "At the time, we didn't know he had an injury," Williams said. "He was sore, but I didn't know it was that bad. We just want to be smart."... Smith made the start despite a strained right hip flexor. ... The Hawks were finishing up a stretch of five games in seven nights. "We're a little tired, but this is the NBA," Atlanta coach Larry Drew said. "This is just where you have to just roll your sleeves up and gut it out. Every team's going through it."... Drew said he was looking for his team to attack the basket in transition. "We've gotten in trouble a little bit where we do have an advantage in transition and we run straight to the 3-point line instead of really attacking the basket," Drew said.
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