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Davis leads Hornets past Bobcats, 107-99

Associated Press Modified: November 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012
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Whatever the case, Williams loved the way Davis and the rest of his team responded.

"It was good to see our guys rally around each other and then after that keep their poise," Williams said. "That is the thing about Anthony that I saw in the preseason. He's got a bit of an edge about him. He's a nice kid. He's the kind of kid you dream of coaching and yet you are not going to push him around."

Davis then started scoring on an array of driving layups, putbacks and even a smooth baseline jumper from beyond 10 feet.

Davis' best play might have been an off-balance fast-break layup he tossed in off the glass as he was being fouled before crashing to the floor under the basket. He then hit the free throw for a three-point play to give New Orleans a 70-58 lead late in the third quarter.

Soon after, Anderson and rookie Darius Miller hit consecutive 3s to give New Orleans its largest lead at 76-62.

Charlotte managed to trim its deficit to five when Mullens' 3 made it 95-90 with four minutes remaining, but Aminu put back Davis' miss and Roberts added a tough layup to help New Orleans hold on.

"We're on the road and it was a slugfest, a tight game all the way," Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap said. "There are little things that we are finding in these tough defeats. ... you can see little bits and pieces and we're heading in the right direction."

NOTES: Davis' double-double was the first of his young career. He was playing in only his third game after missing two with his concussion. ... The Bobcats' 48.2 percent shooting (40 of 83) was the highest of New Orleans' first five opponents. ... Charlotte was without starting C Brendan Haywood, who has been away from the club for a family matter, and Gerald Henderson, who has a sprained left foot. ... Bobcats C Bismack Biyombo had 13 rebounds. ... Hornets coach Monty Williams said before tip-off it was "unfortunate" the Los Angeles Lakers did not give coach Mike Brown more than five games before firing him earlier Friday. "Dwight (Howard) didn't start practicing until late, Kobe (Bryant) hasn't practiced in a long time and (Steve) Nash is out, and it takes time to put all that stuff together," Williams said. "It's unfortunate because Mike's a really good coach and any time a guy loses a job, whether it be a player or a coach ... you're reminded of how fragile the business is."