Hornets maul the Cavaliers

Scott Kushner

On a night anticipating the return of Cleveland Cavaliers all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, it was the combination of New Orleans Hornets' guard Greivis Vasquez and forward Anthony Davis which earned the headlines.

While Irving racked up a game-high 31 points, it wasn't enough to overcome an overwhelming second half by the Hornets (26-48), as New Orleans rolled to a 112-92 victory in front of 11,008 people at the New Orleans Arena.

Vasquez and Davis combined for 42 points (34 in the second half), including a series of alley-oops and clean cuts to basket, propelling the Hornets to win the third and fourth quarters by a lopsided 64-43 total.

It was the Cavaliers' (22-50) eighth consecutive loss, but the first in the string with Irving on the court, who injured his left shoulder on March 10.