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Vasquez, Anderson lead Hornets past Cavaliers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm •  Published: March 31, 2013
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After getting off to a slow start, Greivis Vasquez was challenged by his coach at halftime. Vasquez responded with a strong third quarter to lead the New Orleans Hornets to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Vasquez scored 16 of his 25 points in the third quarter and the Hornets beat the slumping Cavaliers 112-92 on Sunday.

After missing two of the previous three games with an ankle injury, Vasquez was held to five points and three assists in the first half.

"(Hornets coach Monty Williams) called me out in front of everybody (at the half)," said Vasquez, who also had nine assists. "When he calls me out I got to respond. I don't take it personally."

Ryan Anderson added 23 points for the Hornets to help the Hornets bounce back from a blowout loss to Miami on Friday night and snap a two-game skid. Anthony Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for his rookies-leading 17th double-double, Brian Roberts scored 15 and Eric Gordon had 14.

Kryie Irving returned from a shoulder injury and led the Cavaliers with 31 points and six assists. Cleveland, which lost its eighth straight, was 1-7 in Irving's absence. Tristan Thompson, Wayne Ellington and Mareese Speights each scored 12 points for the Cavaliers and Shaun Livingston had 11.

The Hornets trailed 49-48 at the half but scored a season-high 36 points in the third quarter to take an 84-73 lead. Vasquez shot 6 for 6 in the quarter and Davis added 13 points, including three alley-oop dunks, all off assists by Vasquez.

"I'm just trying to get in (Vasquez's vision)," Davis said. "Every time he drives to the basket I'm just trying to get in a spot where he can find me. He tells me he's going to get it to me."

The Hornets scored 15 consecutive points early in the third quarter to take a 65-53 lead with 8:07 remaining. Vasquez and Davis combined to score 29 points in the quarter.

New Orleans increased the lead to 20 midway through the fourth quarter.

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