Hornets Beat the Stupid Mavs!

Published: March 2, 2012

The Hornets nearly blew another fourth quarter lead, but recovered to win a nail-biter over the rival Mavericks.

It was over when- The Hornets led by 12 with 10 minutes to go following a Belinelli layup and then a Solomon Jones jumper. Ha! you know how this goes by now. The Mavs went n a 9-0 run later in the quarter to cut it to two.

It was really over when– Jarrett Jack hit a short jumper with 1:07 to go to put the Hornets up 7. Even they couldn’t blow that lead. Game OVA!

No, seriously, it was over when– Following a Dirk rainbow three and a Dirk steal that led to a fast break by Beaubois, the lead was back to 2 with 40 seconds to go. Hornets put the ball in Jack’s hands who dribbled it down to the closing ticks. His drive was unsuccessful. WAIT! IT WAS A SUCCESS! Hornets led by 4 with 18 ticks to go, and that truly was that.

That was… “Sweet”: Beating Dallas is always a pleasure, but with how many games the Hornets have blown in the fourth this year, and this one looking like one of them for a while, today’s win was extra sweet.

MVP: Jarrett Jack had the ball in his hands yet again late in the game, and he came through both with  two big jumpers and with two similarly sized free throws shortly after. That said, Xavier Henry and Chris Kaman had big games as well, albeit in very different ways and at very different times.

X-factor: Belinelli body checked Jason Kidd into a ref and the scorers table midway through the fourth. The crowd never shut up afterward.


Dallas Mavericks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 New Orleans Hornets
Gustavo Ayon, PF 25 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -7Ayon was all over the place for a lot of the night against Dirk, giving him hell on defense, cutting all over the world on offense (to no real avail), and even taking a Dirk elbow to the face and coming away relatively unscathed. His numbers may not look terribly impressive, but as usual, he was doing all the little things well, and Dirk’s below-average game until the final minute is a testament to that.
Al-Farouq Aminu, SF 25 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -1Aminu wasn’t playing well, and saw limited time in the second half. He barely saw time in the fourth quarter, but it was his defense on Vince Carter’s late jumper that ensured the Hornets victory. On the bright side he continued to showcase the physical tools that make us all salivate, grabbing board after board.
Chris Kaman, C 39 MIN | 9-18 FG | 2-3 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | -2Kaman came out on fire, hitting his first six shots and winding up with 13 points. He slowed way down afterward, just like he did on Wednesday, scoring only 7 points the rest of the way. At least he was grabbing boards and playing decent D inside. He and Ayon aren’t a bad defensive pairing. He also had a key tip in with 2:10 to go that extended the Hornets lead to 7 when it appeared that things were starting to unravel. It was his fourth straight double-double.
Marco Belinelli, SG 37 MIN | 4-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | 0You can almost tell by the look on Beli’s face whether or not he’s playing well. Tonight it was hit and miss. He got to the line a few times, which helped the final result, but he didn’t really find his shot per se. Regardless, his body check of Kidd was key in getting home court advantage to be more of a factor.
Greivis Vasquez, PG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 2 PTS | +10It seemed like Vasquez had trouble re-adjusting to coming off the bench, and his stat line shows it. He was never really able to get into a rhythm offensively, finishing with just 2 points on 6 shots. That being said, he was able to get his teammates involved via 7 assists, and also had an impressive night on the boards with 6.
Jarrett Jack, PG 40 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 15 PTS | 0Almost a below-average game from Jack for the first 3 ½ quarters, but when it mattered most, Jarrett stepped up, as he has become accustomed to doing this season. Jack finished with a decent 15 points on 12 shots in addition to 6 assists and 5 rebounds, but his 5 turnovers hurt a bit. Can’t argue with the end result, though. The closer closed, and that’s all that really matters in the end.
Solomon Jones, C 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +6Very solid game from Solomon tonight, as his mid-range jumper was on full display. Jones made 5 of his 9 shots and added 5 boards (3 offensive).Not only that but his late game defense was impressive. I want to be as clear as possible how off I was about Solomon’s jumper– 100%. Guy can hit it.
Lance Thomas, F 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +13Only 4 minutes from Thomas tonight, mainly thanks to the other Hornets big men staying out of foul trouble combined with the effectiveness of Jones.
Xavier Henry, SG 24 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +6A career night for Xavier, scoring a whopping 19 points on 8-12 shooting. Henry attacked the paint all night long and even looked good shooting from outside. I’m still not sold on his perimeter shooting ability, but as long as he keeps driving to the rim with this kind of ease and regularity, he could be a big part of the Hornets’ future. His previous career high in scoring was 14.

Five Things We Saw

  1. Solomon Jones clearly has a decent jumper. I was flat out wrong to imply otherwise last game. I want you to really get how wrong I was…
  2. Samuel L was back in the house in the same seat as last game, and Jamie Fox made an appearance as well.
  3. Dell Demps will be out of town for most of the next month scouting players in college tournaments.
  4. I talked with Jason Smith and Emeka Okafor before the game. Smith is feeling better, but he’s still not 100%. Concussions are serious business. He was, as a result, in town for Mardi Gras. He didn’t celebrate, but seemed genuinely enthused to talk about what he was able to see. When he feels better I’ll follow upOkafor said he was feeling better, but he’s not back to normal. I asked if he would give a percentage for his knee, and he declined.
  5. We asked all the players about superstitions following Monty’s pregame comment about how he always goes the same way to the Arena. He does so because “there’s pretty much one way to go”. As it turns out, he’s not the only Hornet who isn’t superstitious. Lance Thomas puts his footwear on left to right, but other than that we didn’t hear too much of interest.

Mason Ginsberg contributed to this recap.



  1. Jason Calmes

    March 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    All I need is a win against Dallas to get me through a season.

    I hate Dallas.

  2. NOH2313

    March 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Amen Jason.

  3. sweetpea

    March 2, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I had forgotten how much I loath the Mavericks, but tonight brought it all back to me. Great coming out party for Xavier tonight; another good game by Kaman, especially the first half. Does he have over 10 double doubles yet this year?? I was skeptical of all the love Ayon was getting earlier this year from other fans … not anymore the guy is rising force in the League, very smart very active, very athletic. Outside OKC and Miami we’ve now proven we can take pretty much every team in the league down to the wire or beat them. If EG were healthy, and we didn’t have so many other injuries, we’d be a 500 club and competing for an 8 seed.

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Michael emailed me the other day saying the same in regard to our possible record. Was a moral victory for me after claiming playoffs were on the way if we stay healthy. Still, I’m going to owe community service as penance for my bad prediction.

  4. Jo D

    March 2, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Yet another below average performance by Jack garners another A+

    Good game by the hornets tho… Glad to see the performance by X4

    • Joe Gerrity

      March 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      That A+ is literally because of his performance in the closing two minutes. It was shaky, but he got it done, and against the Mavs that gets an A+ from me.

  5. Jason Calmes

    March 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Ayon picture.

    Bow down, ESPN.

    • C.C.

      March 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm


    • Taquito

      March 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      i was about to comment on this, hurray!

  6. RBee

    March 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Great game Bees!!! My section had a few jerky Mav fans which made the win that much sweeter. Goose gave Dirk all he could handle tonight. Solomon Jones and Xavier Henry were awesome – almost enough to make me forget all the people we’re missing.

  7. C.C.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Great win. I love it when we beat the Mavs and shut up Mark Cuban’s loud mouth. As Joe points out, it’s even sweeter considering how many 4Q leads we’ve blown this year. 2 things absolutely shocked me tonight:

    1.) Jarrett Jack dribbled the shot clock down, threw up a prayer with the game on the line, and it actually went in! Holy crap!

    2.) Xavier Henry FINALLY made a right-handed layup! Hooray!

    Nice to see all of our young guys (Ayon, Henry, Aminu, Jones) play well. They’re all coming along nicely. Geaux Hornets!

  8. Tyler

    March 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Can you imagine how our team would’ve been with a full offseason + training camp? These young guys level of play is making the trade deadline, draft and free agency period even more interesting.

  9. NOEngineer

    March 2, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Sorry, but I do find Ayon’s 5 of 7 shooting numbers terribly impressive. Read Wages of Wins for a great article where he is prominently mentioned due to his EFFICIENT shooting. Kaman shoots a lot, while Ayon shoots efficiently. Big difference… His defense on Dirk was also outstanding. He is so open on so many cuts where Jack ignores him. On Jack’s last shot (which thankfully he made) he had Ayon at the baseline so wide open, and didn’t even look that way. HE’s NOT A POINT GUARD! Done with shouting….

    Beaubois really pissed me off tonight. He was heaving up floaters, scoops, and other indescribable crap that kept going in. Wow. If we trade for him that will never happen while wearing our uniform….

  10. Lucas Ottoni

    March 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm



  11. Ray

    March 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Awesome win tonight!..and the atmosphere at the Arena tonight was incredible best home game all season at least as far as I am concerned.I had to do a double take to make sure we were still playing the same players with the hustle and energy they came out with..Almost did not recognize them especially after Wednesday’s game. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow night.

  12. Lucas Ottoni

    March 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I do not know what Demps expects to offer a 2 year contract to Solomon. We find the center number 3 of our roster. He is much better than Gray, Mbenga, Hilton and other limited players who have gone through New Orleans.

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