Vasquez's triple-double leads Hornets past Hawks

Vasquez's triple-double leads Hornets past Hawks
February 8, 2013, 9:57 pm
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New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) scores against Atlanta Hawks in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


ATLANTA (AP) Greivis Vasquez had his first career triple-double and Eric Gordon scored 27 points, leading New Orleans to a 111-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night and a rare winning streak for the last-place Hornets.

Vasquez scored 21 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds for New Orleans, which rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half and withstood a late charge by the stumbling Hawks.

Al Horford drove for a slam that cut the Hornets' lead to 98-94 with 3 1/2 minutes remaining. But Ryan Anderson sank a 3-pointer that caught the front of the rim, bounced high off the backboard and fell through. Anderson pumped his right fist; the Hawks never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Josh Smith led Atlanta with 23 points.