Hornets demolish Bucks 102-81

Bradley Handwerger

The New Orleans Hornets broke a two-game slide and won for only the second time in 11 games, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 102-81 last night.

While Ryan Anderson paced the Hornets (5-11) with 22 points and seven rebounds, it was Robin Lopez who guided New Orleans back into the win column, matching his season-high with 21 points on 80 percent shooting. His one-man 11-point run in the middle of the third quarter was all New Orleans needed.

The Bucks (8-8) didn't help matters, turning the ball over 16 times, which the Hornets turned in 27 points, while shooting only 38.3 percent.

Brandon Jennings (25 points) and Monta Ellis (17) did all they could for the Bucks, but they got little help. Milwaukee's three other starters combined for just 11 points.

Meanwhile, the Hornets hit more than 50 percent of their shots and were perfect from the free-throw line. Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and nine assists for New Orleans, which was led off the bench by Jason Smith's 12 points.

For the Hornets, Wednesday, they play the Lakers, Friday, they play Memphis and Saturday, they're at Miami.