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Hornets rout Warriors 102-87 for rare win

Associated Press Modified: March 29, 2012 at 12:46 am •  Published: March 29, 2012
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New Orleans scored 10 straight in the second quarter on a run capped by a pick-and-roll pass from Vasquez to Jason Smith for a layup that gave the Hornets a 39-26 lead. They went ahead by 17 at halftime, and boos rang out so loud from the home crowd that Warriors owner Joe Lacob — jeered for several minutes last week during Hall of Famer Chris Mullin's jersey retirement ceremony at the arena — didn't even get out of his seat.

The Hornets built a 69-49 lead halfway through the third quarter on a layup by Jack. Golden State made a brief run to close within a dozen before New Orleans regrouped and blew away the Warriors.

"You still have a job to do," Jack said he tells his younger teammates at this point in the season. "Don't sell yourself short. Don't sell the team, the city or the fans short. They come out each and every game. Go out and play hard and don't do yourself a disservice."

Pride is about all either team has left to play for.

The Hornets are four games back of Sacramento, the next worst team in the Western Conference. Only Charlotte and Washington have fewer wins than New Orleans, which actually has more victories on the road (8) than at home (5).

Golden State is a shell of the team it was a couple weeks ago.

The Warriors still had dim playoff hopes when they traded Ellis — a fan favorite and heart of the Warriors offense — along with Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown to Milwaukee for Bogut. The Australian center and 2005 No. 1 overall pick will not play this season but is expected to be Golden State's franchise big man in the future.

NOTES: Curry will officially be sidelined for another two weeks, the team announced Wednesday. He will be re-evaluated after that time and, though unlikely, he's still trying to play again this season. ... The Hornets play at Portland on Thursday night, while the Warriors don't play again until hosting New Jersey on Friday night.