Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Friday, December 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 9th

Hornets 91

(1-17, 1-8 away)

Nets 94

(6-13, 5-6 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2004

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    NO 22 20 21 23 591
    NJ 26 17 22 21 894

    Top Performers

    New Orleans: G. Lynch 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    New Jersey: R. Jefferson 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    New Orleans (1-16) at New Jersey (5-13) 7:30 pm EST

    EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Byron Scott returns to Continental Airlines Arena Friday for the first time since being fired by New Jersey last season when he leads the New Orleans Hornets against the Nets.

    Scott coached the Nets to two consecutive Eastern Conference titles, but was replaced by Lawrence Frank last January 26.

    Scott is off to a nightmarish start for New Orleans, which owns the worst record in the NBA and has lost eight in a row for the second time this season after an 86-79 defeat to the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

    Dan Dickau scored a career-high 17 points off the bench and has been one of the few bright spots for the Hornets since being acquired from the Dallas Mavericks on December 3. After averaging just three points in his first two seasons, Dickau has averaged 15.5 in his last two games with New Orleans.

    The Nets have struggled in 2004-05, as well, but have shown some signs of turning things around since All-Star guard Jason Kidd returned to the lineup.

    In his first game back, Kidd hit the game-tying 3-pointer and assisted on Richard Jefferson's game-winner in New Jersey's 88-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday before a 103-97 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers one day later.