Hornets beat Jazz 88-86, Davis hurt

Associated Press Modified: November 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm •  Published: November 2, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Hornets' first win of the season was overshadowed by an injury to rookie center Anthony Davis.

The No. 1 overall pick in the draft was inadvertently elbowed in the head by fellow rookie teammate Austin Rivers and left the game in the first half and didn't return to the Hornets' 88-86 victory over Utah on Friday night.

The team said after the game that Davis had a mild concussion and would not accompany the team to Chicago for Saturday night's game and listed him as day to day.

Davis had eight points — all on dunks — six rebounds and two blocked shots before being injured with 4:51 to play in the first half.

The last-second win was even more impressive for the Hornets since they were also missing guard Eric Gordon who is out indefinitely with a right knee injury that limited him to nine games last season.

Talking before the game, coach Monty Williams would not confirm a report by Yahoo! Sports that Gordon would miss 4-to-6 weeks. Said Williams: "We're still processing information. We haven't talked to any doctors. We certainly haven't talked to our doctors on a day we're getting ready for a game."

Greivis Vasquez hit a driving layup with 1.3 seconds left to give New Orleans the win.

Vasquez, who had 13 points and 10 assists, drove past Gordon Hayward, who fell to the floor, and banked in a short shot over Al Jefferson. Utah had a chance to win after calling a 20-second timeout, but Mo Williams' fallaway 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

"I was just focused and it was a huge shot," Vasquez said. "It was my first huge shot of my NBA career."

Vasquez started 26 games last season — his second in the NBA — as the Hornets struggled after dealing All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade he forced. The experience has paid off through two games this season, with Vasquez following a 13-assist effort against San Antonio on Wednesday by hitting his game-winner against Utah.

"The angle he had, I can't figure out how that ball went in," Monty Williams said. "I just thanked the Lord and moved on. The play was created for him to go with his right hand. He just made a heck of a play."

Robin Lopez and Ryan Anderson both had 19 points for the Hornets. Anderson's fifth 3-pointer with 32.7 seconds left gave them an 84-83 lead. After two free throws extended the lead to 86-83, Utah's Paul Millsap drained a 3-pointer to tie it, setting up Vasquez' finish.

"We were trying to switch everything," Hayward said. 'He just turned around and hit a tough shot."

Reserve Randy Foye had 20 points for Utah while Williams added 16.

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