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                   === Aminu helps Hornets put away Suns ===
 
 New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Al-Farouq Aminu scored six of his 16 points
 during  a game-sealing run late in the fourth quarter, helping the New Orleans
 Hornets snap a four-game slide with a 93-84 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
 
 Aminu also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, and Greivis Vasquez recorded a
 double-double  of his  own with 19 points  and 12 assists for the Hornets, who
 shot 52 percent from the field and allowed just 31 points in the second half.
 
 "We  just defended  better  in  the second  half,"  Hornets  head coach  Monty
 Williams said. "We did enough to get stops and scores when we needed it."
 
 The  Suns, coming  off a win at  Memphis on Tuesday, received 14 points apiece
 from Jared Dudley and Marcin Gortat.
 
 A  wildly back-and-forth  first half featured 19 lead changes and 11 ties, but
 the upper hand switched just twice after the break as the Hornets took control
 with a 13-2 run midway through the third quarter.
 
 Vasquez  opened the stretch  with a go-ahead layup and ended it with an alley-
 oop feed to Aminu for a 73-63 advantage with 3:45 remaining in the frame.
 
 "I thought defensively they took us out of what we wanted to do," Dudley said.
 "We had a lot of unforced and forced turnovers that led to transition points."
 
 A  Gortat  jumper pulled the  Suns within 85-80 down  the stretch, but an Eric
 Gordon  21-footer  followed by six consecutive  points from Aminu put the game
 away.
 
 Phoenix  led,  27-26, after  the first  quarter and trailed  by one, 54-53, at
 halftime.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Suns  had won four straight  meetings against the Hornets ... Gordon, who
 had  missed two  of the previous three  games with a sore knee and balky back,
 scored  nine points on 3-of-14 shooting ... Ryan Anderson scored 14 points for
 the  Hornets,  who had 16  fastbreak points to  Phoenix's six ... Goran Dragic
 logged 13 points and six assists in defeat.
 
 
 02/06 23:21:38 ET