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Hornets hand Lakers first loss of season

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New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - led all players with 23 points and 12 assists, as the New Orleans defeated the Los Angeles , 114-95, at New Orleans Arena. The took advantage of a tired squad, as six players reached double figures to hand Los Angeles its first loss of the season. had 20 points, 17, 15, 13 and 11.

New Orleans, which improved to 5-1 this season, shot a blazing 57 percent from the floor in the contest. Additionally, the hit more than half of their three-point attempts (12-23).

Coming off a double-overtime victory at San Antonio on Thursday, Los Angeles looked sluggish from the start and never really got it going. led the with 21 points, while finished with just 11 on 4- of-14 shooting as Los Angeles lost for the first time in six games this season.

The ' legs appeared tired from the outset, as New Orleans outhustled and outplayed the visitors. The scored 11 of the first 15 points in the contest and continued to pad their cushion throughout the first period.

New Orleans led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter. Wesley scored seven in the period and after 12 minutes of play, the held a 25-18 lead they would never relinquish.

The ' lead reached 14 points midway through the second quarter when Davis hit a three-pointer, making it 52-38.

Los Angeles chipped away at the deficit and pulled within six at 56-50 on a basket by O'Neal with just under two minutes to play in the first half.

New Orleans, though, got the lead back to nine with just seconds remaining before hit a three-pointer to make it 61-55 at the intermission.

The appeared to be rejuvenated after the break, scoring nine of the first 11 points of the third quarter to take the lead. A three by George gave Los Angeles a 64-63 lead.

New Orleans, though, responded with an 18-7 spurt. Two three-pointers by Davis started the burst and put the ahead for good. The lead continued to grow and the led, 94-77, after 36 minutes of play.

The Laker starters spent the early parts of the fourth quarter stationed on the bench, and when they finally came on the court, were never able to make a run. New Orleans pulled away and turned the game into a laugher.

The had their first sellout of the season and improved to 3-0 on their home court this season. Los Angeles lost for the first time in its last six road contests against the .

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