Vasquez, Gordon lead Hornets past 76ers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm •  Published: January 15, 2013

"We can't let teams jump on us in the first quarter," Thaddeus Young said.

The Hornets outscored Philadelphia 33-21 in the third quarter, extending a six-point halftime lead to 86-68. New Orleans pushed its lead to 20 following Henry's dunk with 11:26 remaining and the fans vehemently displayed their displeasure with a cascade of boos throughout the arena.

"Third quarter, we got control of the game and our defense really carried us," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "To come out with that kind of energy, we haven't had a lot of those nights. This is a major step for us and it says a lot about our team."

Collins tried to jump-start his team by putting Nick Young in the lineup to open the fourth. Young was benched against the Rockets and sat for the first three quarters against the Hornets.

But Young sparked the Sixers with 14 points in the fourth and they got within eight on a 3-pointer by Dorell Wright with 5:25 left.

It was too little too late.

"I can't find answers," Collins said. "It's not like I'm not trying."

The Hornets responded and quickly pushed the lead back to 105-91 after a 3-pointer by Vasquez.

"We have raised the expectation level for us," Gordon said. "When we have consistent play, and you combine that with the chemistry we now have, it is something to build off."

New Orleans was strong throughout the first half and took a 53-47 halftime lead thanks to 57-percent shooting (24 for 42).

NOTES: The Hornets shot 16 of 21 (76.2 percent) in the first quarter. . The Sixers knocked down six 3-pointers in the first, a team high for any quarter this season. . Holiday recorded his 10th double-double of the season.