NBA Game Summary - Golden State at New Orleans
(Wednesday, December 15th)
Final Score: New Orleans 98, Golden State 89
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Dan Dickau netted a career-high 23 points to rally New Orleans to only its second win of the season, a 98-89 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors.
David Wesley scored 18 points and dished out six assists to help the Hornets (2-19) put the brakes on an 11-game skid, leaving them one short of the franchise record. P.J. Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in New Orleans' first home win of the season.
Troy Murphy posted 25 points and 12 boards for the Warriors, picking up the scoring slack for Speedy Claxton, who had just four of his 21 points in the second half. Claxton also established a season high with 12 helpers for Golden State, which fell for the third time in seven tries.
The Warriors led for much of the third quarter until Dickau's four-point play at the buzzer made it 68-66 in favor of New Orleans. They mustered just two field goals through the midway point of the final stanza and fell behind 82-81 after eight straight Hornets points -- four by Dickau.
"He's been a great, pleasant surprise," Hornets coach Byron Scott said of Dickau. "He's played extremely well. He came into my office in Houston and said that nobody's given him a chance. I told him, 'I'm going to give you a chance.'"
Jason Richardson answered with five points in a row, his three-pointer pulling Golden State within six with just under four minutes to play.
Dickau and Richardson then traded threes before Matt Freije drained a trey of his own to give the Hornets an 88-79 cushion with 2:54 left.
A jumper by Mickael Pietrus followed, narrowing the gap to seven but that was as close as the Warriors would get.
"The energy level just wasn't there tonight," Claxton said. "This was a game we should have had. You have to give them credit, they came out and played well. They wanted it more than us."
Claxton's 17 points in the first half was enough for the Warriors to overcome an early eight-point deficit on the way to a slim 44-42 edge at the break.
Dickau's four-point play punctuated a tightly-contested third period. He banked home a 30-footer at the buzzer and converted the free throw after getting fouled by Claxton, handing New Orleans a 68-66 advantage.
The Hornets endured a franchise-record 12-game losing streak from January 19- February 14, 1990...Claxton notched his second double-double in as many nights after registering 18 points and 10 assists in Tuesday's win over Dallas...The Warriors have dropped eight straight on the road against the Hornets.
12/15 23:54:28 ET