Hornets hold on to beat Kings
NEW ORLEANS - Jason Smith scored 22 points, hitting 10-of-12 shots, to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 105-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Marco Belinelli added 21 points and Greivis Vasquez 15 points for New Orleans, which shot 55.9 percent (38-of-68) and surged ahead for good with an 18-3 run in the third quarter.
Baton Rouge native and former LSU star Marcus Thornton led all scorers with 25 points and Tyreke Evans added 19 points for the Kings, who have lost six straight.
DeMarcus Cousins had early foul trouble and played only 20 minutes, missing nine of his 12 shots.
Xavier Henry scored 14 points, while Chris Kaman grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots for the Hornets, who have won two of three.