The Hornets win again

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The Hornets' Greivis Vasquez. Photo by Hornets.com.

Reserve Ryan Anderson had 17 of his 27 points in the second quarter, and the New Orleans Hornets built a 64-39 halftime lead, then held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 104-105 Monday afternoon in New Orleans on Martin Luther King Day.

With Hornets (14-27) center Anthony Davis sitting out the second half after tweaking an ankle, the Kings (16-26) cut the deficit to seven in the fourth quarter but never came closer in a meeting between teams with two of the three worst records in the Western Conference.

Anderson, who led the NBA in 3-pointers made while playing for Orlando last year, hit four of his five 3-pointers between the 5:57 mark to the 3:05 mark of the second quarter as the Hornets stretched a 41-32 lead to 55-36. The Kings were not alert enough to get a hand in his face in transition.

The Kings did not really compete in the first half, letting the Hornets get whatever they wanted, offensively, and then blamed the early start more than the overnight news the franchise would move to Seattle next season. Defense has been a problem all year for the Kings -- the 102.6 points they allowed coming in was the fourth-highest total in the NBA -- but this was extreme. The Hornets' 64 first-half points were five more than in any other game. After falling behind by 27, the Kings woke up in the second half, going on a 17-0 run in the third quarter and almost making it close down the stretch.