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                  === Davis returns, Hornets beat Bobcats ===
 
 New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Anthony Davis returned to the lineup Friday
 night  and had  the best game of  his young career, scoring 23 points, pulling
 down  11  rebounds and blocking five  shots in the New Orleans Hornets' 107-99
 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
 
 Davis,  the  No. 1  overall pick  in the  2012 draft,  had missed the Hornets'
 previous  two contests after sustaining a concussion last Friday against Utah.
 Fellow  rookie Austin  Rivers,  taken by  New Orleans  with  the 10th  overall
 selection,  had four  points and  four assists  after sitting  out Wednesday's
 77-62 loss to Philadelphia with a sprained finger.
 
 "We had fun this is what we do, this is what we love to do," Davis said.
 
 Ryan  Anderson made five 3-pointers en route to 25 points for the Hornets, who
 improved to 3-2 on the young season. Brian Roberts and Al-Farouq Aminu tallied
 16 and 14 points, respectively.
 
 Ben  Gordon  had 34 points to  pace the Bobcats, who  have lost three in a row
 since  opening  the season with a  win over the Indiana Pacers. Ramon Sessions
 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who played with Davis at Kentucky, added 13 and 12
 points, respectively.
 
 "I  just tried  to be  aggressive while  I was  out there,"  Gordon said.  "My
 teammates  did a good job of finding me on various plays. The bigs did a solid
 job of setting various screens allowing me to get some space and I was able to
 score some points."
 
 Neither team led by more than four in a tight first quarter that featured four
 lead  changes  and five ties.  Roberts' jumper with  4.1 seconds left gave the
 Hornets a 24-21 edge.
 
 New  Orleans started to create some distance with a big second stanza. Holding
 a 47-42 lead with over four minutes remaining, the Hornets went on a 12-5 run.
 Davis  tallied  six points during the  flurry that Roger Mason Jr. capped with
 three free throws for a 59-47 margin.
 
 Kemba  Walker stopped  the spurt with a  driving layup, but New Orleans held a
 59-49 margin at the break.
 
 The  Bobcats scored seven straight points early in the third period to make it
 a 61-58 contest.
 
 Davis  responded in a  big way for the Hornets. The No. 1 overall pick tallied
 the next nine points to give the home team a 70-58 lead with 5:42 left.
 
 New Orleans took a 78-69 edge into the fourth. Charlotte never got closer than
 five in the final frame.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Charlotte  and New Orleans split a pair of meetings last season ... Walker had
 11 points and six assists ... The Hornets led by as many as 14 ... The Bobcats
 turned the ball over 12 times, leading to 17 New Orleans points.
 
 11/09 23:27:32 ET