Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Friday, November 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, April 5th

Hawks 96

(1-4, 1-3 away)

Hornets 95

(0-5, 0-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 12, 2004

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 20 30 28 1896
    NO 26 25 20 2495

    Top Performers

    Atl: A. Walker 27 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    NO: B. Davis 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Hornets still winless under Scott

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Antoine Walker and Atlanta Hawks snapped their winless streak and extended the disastrous start of new Hornets coach Byron Scott.

    Walker scored 27 points, including a late 3-pointer that gave Atlanta the lead for good, and the Hawks claimed a 96-95 victory over the still winless Hornets on Friday night.

    "I hadn't had an open look for a 3 all night. I caught it in rhythm and just shot it," Walker said. "We had a lot of different guys step up. Hopefully, this is the start of something good."

    Kenny Anderson and Al Harrington each added 17 to help Atlanta hand Scott his fifth straight loss as Hornets coach. The five-game skid to start the season matched the franchise record for poor openings, set in 1989-90.

    "We are not playing good defense and not playing very smart, and that combination will lose you a lot of games," Scott said, noting the Hawks became the third visiting team to shoot 50 percent or better in New Orleans Arena, where the Hornets are already 0-4.

    The one-point result also turned Baron Davis' late technical foul into a glaring blunder.

    Only minutes after Davis had led his team on a 15-2 run to put New Orleans up 87-86, his foul on Harrington's dunk and ensuing loss of composure over an elbow stinger allowed Atlanta to convert a four-point play that all but decided the game.

    The play started when Hornets guard Darrell Armstrong lost the ball dribbling upcourt. Anderson snatched it near half-court and found Harrington open underneath. After fouling Harrington, Davis walked toward half-court during a timeout, pointed at the Hawks bench and cursed. Jon Barry hit the technical, then Harrington hit his free throw to give Atlanta a 95-89 lead with 1:42 to go.

    Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman said Davis also strained his lower back and was not expected to stay in New Orleans while the Hornets traveled for a Saturday night game in Milwaukee. Davis declined to talk to reporters after the game. Visibly upset, he stood in a corridor leading to both locker rooms, but left without confrontation.

    "I think Baron got mad because he hurt himself," Walker said. "Baron's a competitor. He wants to win. He works real hard. You've got to give him a lot of credit. His team was frustrated. We were in the same boat he was in."

    After the Hornets cut it to 95-93, Walker missed one of two free throws, allowing New Orleans a chance to tie the game. Rookie J.R. Smith missed a 3-pointer, then Jamaal Magloire got the rebound to David Wesley, who also missed from long range. Smith dunked that rebound with 1 second left, but Atlanta inbounded the ball and time expired.

    Davis led New Orleans with 18 points, seven assists and two steals, but also had seven turnovers. Magloire had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Wesley and Lee Nailon each scored 14.

    Atlanta got 12 points from Jon Barry and 11 from Predrag Drobnjak, who shot 5-for-6.

    Anderson and Walker helped the Hawks build an 84-72 lead early in the fourth quarter. Then Davis took over the game for the next several minutes with a pair of free throws, a dunk, a 3-pointer, a steal and an assist.

    A layup by Nailon gave the Hornets an 87-86 lead, but Walker responded with his first 3-pointer of the game and the Hawks never trailed again.

    Afterward, the Hawks raved about Anderson, who broke out of a shooting slump that had him averaging less than five points on 24 percent accuracy.

    "Kenny came up to me the other day and said, 'Hey coach, I know I'm struggling a little bit but I'll figure it out.' That, to me, is the sign of a true veteran," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "He came out tonight and he established himself. He really had his best game of the season."

    Game notes

    Harrington had 10 rebounds. ... Walker's 3-pointer with 3:51 left in the game gave him 1,000 3s in his career. ... The Hornets' 51-50 advantage at intermission marked their first halftime lead of the season.

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