Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Tuesday, November 23rd
Hornets109Final
3OT
Warriors115
Game 2: Wednesday, December 15th
Warriors89Final
Hornets98
Game 3: Friday, February 4th
Hornets82Final
Warriors90
Game 4: Friday, February 11th
Warriors108Final
Hornets111

Warriors 89

(7-15, 2-8 away)

Hornets 98

(2-19, 1-9 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 15, 2004

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 17 27 22 2389
    NO 21 21 26 3098

    Top Performers

    GS: S. Claxton 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 12 Ast, 3 Stl

    NO: D. Dickau 23 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast

    Dickau's career-high 23 paces New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Hornets' injury epidemic gave diminutive Dan Dickau a chance to show he could play in the NBA.

    His latest performance made him a crowd favorite among New Orleans' victory-starved fans.

    Dickau scored a career-best 23 points -- including a four-point play on a 32-foot buzzer beater as he was fouled -- and the Hornets (2-19) snapped an 11-game skid and won their first home game of the season, 98-89 over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

    Dickau's long heave at the end of the third period was only one of several timely baskets, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard's scrappy end-to-end play had the crowd on its feet often.

    "I don't look like your typical NBA player, so I get a lot of people that pull for me because of that," Dickau said. "I'm getting a chance to play now and I'm trying to make the most of it. We start winning a little bit more and it's definitely going to be a great experience."

    A back injury to Baron Davis five games into the season, combined with a 1-13 start, prompted the Hornets to trade veteran guard Darrell Armstrong to Dallas in exchange for Dickau, a third-year player out of Gonzaga. The move was meant to save money while giving young guards Junior Harrington and Alex Garcia more playing time. But Dickau started playing well right away, and Garcia injured his knee Sunday and is out for the season.

    After scoring zero points in three minutes the day after the trade, Dickau has scored in double figures in five of six games, averaging 15 points in that stretch.

    Against Golden State, he was the catalyst in a 20-5 Hornets run through the first part of the fourth quarter that gave the Hornets the lead for good.

    The announced crowd of 13,641 stood and cheered during the final 20 seconds and roared at the buzzer.

    "I guess we haven't given them much to cheer about in the last 20 games," Hornets forward P.J. Brown said. "I haven't heard the crowd that loud in a long time."

    David Wesley scored 18 points for the Hornets -- who had lost a night earlier at expansion Charlotte -- while Harrington added 15. Chris Andersen threw down several thunderous dunks -- one on an alley-oop pass from Dickau -- and combined with Dickau to score 14 straight Hornets points from late in the third quarter until early in the fourth. Brown had 11 points and 11 rebounds -- and some high praise for Dickau.

    "He's fearless. He still doesn't know everything yet. He just plays off of instinct but he's been a pleasure to play with," Brown said.

    Troy Murphy had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Golden State (7-15), which had won at Dallas the night before.

    "This was a dangerous game against a team that hasn't won for a long time ... and we didn't show up," Murphy said. "They've got a lot of guys who are hungry, who haven't had a chance to play a lot in the NBA."

    Speedy Claxton scored 21 and Jason Richardson 15, including a pair of late 3-pointers to keep the Warriors in contention. But New Orleans forward Matt Freije hit a 3-pointer from the corner to counter Richardson's second 3, giving the Hornets an 88-79 lead with 2:54 left.

    "You can't take anything for granted in this league, that's for doggone sure," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said.

    Game notes


    The Hornets hired The Bonham Group of Denver to sell naming rights to the five-year-old New Orleans Arena. The arena is next to the Louisiana Superdome. ... Lonny Baxter, who played on Maryland's 2002 NCAA championship team and was signed out of the Continental Basketball Association by the Hornets on Sunday, scored his first points for New Orleans after grabbing an offensive rebound in the second quarter. He finished with four points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    NO
    Points 89 98
    FGM-FGA 34-79 (.430) 38-84 (.452)
    3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 15-22 (.682) 19-25 (.760)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 14-47
    Assists 18 24
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 9 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 12

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    New Orleans
    Speedy Claxton Claxton
    Points: 21
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Dan Dickau Dickau
    Points: 23
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0