PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The young New Orleans Hornets are growing up in the new year.
Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points, Eric Gordon added 19 and the Hornets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111-99 on Tuesday night. After losing 13 of 16 in December, New Orleans has won five of eight in January.
Ryan Anderson had 14 points, Xavier Henry scored 11 and Anthony Davis 10 for the Hornets, who are still last in the Western Conference at 12-26 — including matching 6-13 records at home and on the road.
"We're getting healthy now, and we are becoming a team now," said Vasquez, who added nine assists. "We have guys who can just get out there and go. And I think our best weapon right now is our energy, because we're so young."
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 29 points and 11 assists. Nick Young and Evan Turner added 14 points each while Thaddeus Young scored 12.
The Sixers have been inconsistent all season and this game was further proof following a resounding 107-100 victory Saturday over Houston. Philadelphia still hasn't won consecutive games since a three-game streak from Nov. 25-30.
"The disappointing thing for me is night to night, I don't know what I'm going to get," Sixers coach Doug Collins said.
The Sixers began a stretch of 12 of 13 at home with the victory over the Rockets, and appeared to have a good chance to string together a winning streak — especially with sub-.500 teams New Orleans and Toronto (Friday) coming to town.
Plus, Philadelphia received a dose of good news Monday when All-Star center Andrew Bynum took shots during practice with the coaching staff. Bynum, who has yet to play a game for his new team this season, is currently on a six-step rehabilitation process that he hopes will get him back into the lineup around the Feb. 15 All-Star break.
Bynum has been lifting weights, and he began running on Monday while saying his knees were pain-free.
But the lift from seeing Bynum work out didn't transfer into this game against New Orleans.